What is the Difference Between a Goal and an Outcome?

As I was working with a client during a coaching session this week, I was asked about difference between a goal and an outcome. Subsequently, in this post I will discuss –

  • What is a Goal?
  • What’s an Outcome?
  • What is the Difference Between a Goal and an Intention?

Let’s get started!

 

What is a Goal?

The definitions of goals I discovered were –

Generally goals follow the SMART process – S for Specific, M for Measurable, A for Achievable, R for Relevant and T for Time-Based.

 

What is an Outcome?

The definitions of an outcome include –

 

What is the Difference Between a Goal and an Outcome?

As you can see by the above, the key difference between a goal and an intention is –

  • a goal is what you want to DO (i.e. the BEFORE). An example of a goal is by June 29, 2019, I will have developed a greater knowledge and understanding of mindful self-compassion, so I can share the practise and tools with my clients.
  • an outcome is what you ACHIEVED by the actions you took (i.e. the AFTER). An example of an outcome is a soccer team wins the game 2 – 1.

 

Over to You…

I hope this post has given you some insight in to the difference between a goal and an outcome. Are there any other differences your would add? If so, feel free to share them below.

 

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