James Clear suggests a new approach to goal-setting. Don’t do it. His idea is to create a system that lets you get to where you want to go instead of goal destination:
What’s the difference between goals and systems?
If you’re a coach, your goal is to win a championship. Your system is what your team does at practice each day.
If you’re a writer, your goal is to write a book. Your system is the writing schedule that you follow each week.
If you’re a runner, your goal is to run a marathon. Your system is your training schedule for the month.
If you’re an entrepreneur, your goal is to build a million dollar business. Your system is your sales and marketing process.
Goals are hard things. I never liked setting massive goals because they seem so impossible to achieve. I’ve nearly always not finished something because I felt I was never good enough.
However, goals are good to have, but only in helping you build your system. Setting up a system of milestones created long-term positive change. Set a routine to keep moving forward and eventually you will achieve your goal.
Clear likes to create positive habits or systems to challenge and focus on small processes to move forward.
When you focus on the practice instead of the performance, you can enjoy the present moment and improve at the same time.
This is something I struggle with constantly. However, in my life I’m starting to hit my small milestones. I just need to constantly keep moving forward.