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

Yay it is new moon time and I am writing my goal, intention and outcome for the next month. As I was filling out my monthly action planner template, I discovered I hadn’t written a post on the difference between a goal, an intention and an outcome, so here it is. In this post I will discuss –

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

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 Intention?

The are many definitions of an intention including –

  • “the thing that you plan to do or achieve: an aim or purpose” ~ Merriam-Webster.com
  • “a thing intended: an aim or plan” ~ Google and Oxford Dictionaries
  • “an act or instance of determining mentally upon some action or result” ~ Dictionary.com
  • “Your intentions create your reality.” ~ Wayne Dyer

I think of an intention as a way of BEing or “! Am” statement based on your values.

 

What is an Outcome?

The definitions of an outcome include –

 

What is the Difference Between a Goal, an Intention and an Outcome?

As you can see by the above, the key difference between a goal and an outcome 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 intention is who you want to BE. For example – I am being compassionate towards myself and I am investing the time to reflect and look after my needs.
  • an outcome is what you ACHIEVED by the actions you took (i.e. the AFTER). An example of an outcome is I am a trained teacher of mindful self-compassion.

 

Over to You…

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

 

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