Systems are better than goals. As Scott Adams puts it: “Goals are for losers”. Systems are powerful and they can be great leverage. This article is about how to use them.
Goal: I will bench 220 pounds.
System: I want to hit the gym every other day.
It’s a simple example but you can apply it to various things from a business to dating.
It improved my content creation rate almost infinitely because now I create the content (which I love) and don’t have the outer goals.
So I am super patient and enjoy the process.
But this approach changed my life in one every more impactful and meaningful way.
Example from my lifeI’ve set goals with many things during the past three years:- Uni- Blog- Twitter- WebdesignI struggled and failed a lotand when I left the venue it felt like a great loss of timeBut this summer a great thing happened.
I’ve realized I’m a serial entrepreneur.
You may laugh at it but psychologically it changed the whole game for me
That illustrates also the other point:Goals make failures much harder to swallow because there is nothing you can do with them directly.On the other hand,Systems are antifragile, as you can improve them directly based on their failures (the more you fail the better)
In my daily life systems also has a form of:
Using a system when building websites for clients allows me to improve it based on every failure we made. I’m a better designer with each project not because it’s my goal It’s just a byproduct of following an antifragile design system.
Of course, systems and goals are linked.
But the point isn’t in arguing if following the system isn’t a sort of goal in itself
Maybe it is.
The point is that if you focus on systems, not goals your life gets much easier
… and happier.
At least mine got.
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