Last year I read a book called How to Fail at Almost Everything and Still Win Big by Scott Adams.
The most profound takeaway was this quote:
Goals are for losers. Winners use systems.
I used this quote to turn all of my goals into systems, and it completely changed the way I work and chase down my goals.
Yep. My CEO uses goals and I called him a loser to his face.
You might be clenching your fist at me right now.
Especially if you have set goals that you are proud to have achieved.
And you should be proud of accomplishing your goals.
Things like graduating University, saving up money, or learning a language are all huge accomplishments.
But, what comes after you achieve that goal?
After your finish your Bachelors Degree, you will want to do a Masters Degree or land a high-paying job.
And I found myself in the same place.
Every year, quarter and month, I would set goals in my professional and personal life.
When I hit them, I feel a (momentary) sense of achievement and relief.
When I missed them, I feel a sense of dread that carried onto the next month.
Because when you set a goal, you are perpetually chasing an outcome. Chasing an outcome leaves you in 'a failure state' until you reach that outcome.
And once you reach the goal, you set another one.
Basically, all of your time is spent chasing an outcome.
We convert our goals into systems.
A system is a repeatable mode of operating, independent of the outcome.
Systems don't care about the end state, they just require consistent inputs.
Success within a system is just showing up.
Example: I want to be a great writer
Goal: Write 20 articles this year
System: Write for 30 minutes daily
If you follow the system, over time your output will increase and you will produce good work.
If you chase the goal, you're in 'failure state' until you hit 20 articles.
Which of these ways of working are better for long-term success? 🤔
Personally, I’d rather not feel like a failure until I finish writing 20 articles. And I bet you wouldn't either. So..
Here is how you can change all your goals into systems.
Let's use the goal of finding a job as an example:
Goal: I want to get my first job as a Product Manager
What it takes to get there: Learning about how to be a Product Manager, and applying for jobs consistently
Weekly Action: Apply for three jobs a week, and spend an hour learning about Product management each day.
And there you have your system.
You know that the system will eventually get you to your goal, as long as you follow it consistently.
So, as long as you show up each day you can be happy with your progress.
And when you follow the system consistently, you’d be surprised how quickly you end up hitting your end goal.
What's a goal that you can turn into a system? Let me know on Twitter below, or on this LinkedIn post.
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