When people first start writing their goals, they tend to be focused on outcome goals. There are others to be aware of that make goal writing easier and more effective.
- Outcome goals are about obtaining something (e.g. buy a car) or having something happen (such as graduate or get married). While outcome goals are perfectly useful, other goal types are as well.
- Performance goals are goals to meet a performance standard through development of your capabilities. A performance goal could be something like read 16 pages per hour with better comprehension or run a mile in 6 minutes. These goals may have milestones to meet such as read ten pages per hour by the end of the month, that will help you track your progress. Note that these are not competitive goals against others, but goals you set for yourself or your team and are often based on improving an existing performance.
- Process goals are goals to do something to help achieve your other goals, such as write a blog post every day. A process goal helps you develop the habits you need to meet other goals.
- An experience goal is something as simple as ride a ferries wheel or live in an Asian culture. Some research says that people are happier when they accomplish experience goals than outcome goals.
As you write your goals, be open to all options.