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Don’t Just Set Goals. Build Systems

Setting goals is an important step in achieving success, but it is not enough on its own. To truly achieve your goals, you need to build systems that will help you stay on track and make progress toward your objectives. A system is a set of habits, routines, and processes that you can rely on to consistently move toward your goal. By building systems, you can ensure that you are taking the necessary steps every day to make progress, even when you don’t feel motivated or don’t have the time to devote to your goal.

Instead of setting goals, some experts suggest focusing on developing a growth mindset. A growth mindset is a belief that you can improve and develop your abilities through effort and learning. Having a growth mindset can help you approach challenges and setbacks as opportunities for growth, rather than as personal failures. It also allows you to stay motivated and persistent in the face of adversity.

Focusing on developing a growth mindset can help you achieve success in the long term, as it encourages you to continuously learn, adapt and improve. Additionally, it also helps in maintaining a positive attitude towards oneself and others.

Winners and losers often have similar goals, but the difference between them is in their approach and mindset. Winners tend to have a growth mindset, which means they believe that their abilities can be developed through effort and learning. They approach challenges and setbacks as opportunities for growth and improvement. They also tend to be highly motivated and persistent and are willing to put in the necessary work to achieve their goals.

Losers, on the other hand, often have a fixed mindset, which means they believe that their abilities are set and cannot be changed. They may give up easily when faced with challenges or setbacks, and they may not be as motivated or persistent in working toward their goals.

It’s important to note that having similar goals doesn’t necessarily mean that one is a winner or loser. It’s the mindset, approach, and effort invested that makes a difference.

Achieving a goal can certainly be a significant and meaningful moment, but it is only a momentary change. Achieving a goal is usually a short-term accomplishment and doesn’t necessarily bring long-term change. For example, losing weight by following a diet and exercise plan is a goal, but maintaining a weight loss is a long-term change.

It’s important to recognize that achieving a goal is just one step in the process of making a lasting change. After reaching a goal, it’s important to maintain the progress and to continue working towards a long-term change. Achieving a goal is a necessary step but it’s not the endpoint.

It’s also important to set new and challenging goals to keep progressing and avoid complacency.

None of this is to say that goals are useless. However, I’ve found that goals are good for planning your progress and systems are good for actually making progress.

Goals can provide direction and even push you forward in the short-term, but eventually, a well-designed system will always win. Having a system is what matters. Committing to the process is what makes the difference.

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