The key to not being distracted by good opportunities is to remember that “True success isn’t about doing more. True success is about doing more of what matters most.” In fact, Groeschel said that in addition to his to-do list, he also has a “to don’t” list. The “to don’t” list is for everything he plans not to be distracted by during the year.
The third and final step is, “Obsess about the process, not the results.” A lot of leaders undervalue processes and overly concentrate on outcomes. The problem with that is so many factors that affect our desired outcomes are out of our control. Just think of how many business owners had their goals disrupted by the COVID-19 pandemic in the past two years.
Another point Groeschel made is, “You don’t get results by focusing on results.” If your goal is to write a book and you are focused on the outcome of actually having the book, you will quickly become discouraged. But what if you were to focus on enjoying the process of writing? If you stay focused on the process of writing, you will end up with a book. “The right process eventually leads to the desired outcome,” said Groeschel.
So after you clearly define your wins, review each one and ask yourself, “What is the process that will lead to that win?” Then remember that on a day-to-day basis, success looks like pursuing that process, not seeing your results. Said Groeschel, “You’re successful when you do the right things today that lead to the right outcomes tomorrow.”