January 1, 2020

Goal-setting is for the birds

Instead, focus on building systems that support what you hope to achieve.

So many people kick off the new year looking for a fresh start. Something about the turning of the year suddenly inspires people to want to live their best lives, to transition, and to become better versions of themselves. A newfound interest in hitting the gym to discover the abs you just know are in there. A focused push to get out from under your disorganized life. Working to tame your financial landscape. Learning a new skill, picking up a hobby, or transitioning to a new career. These are just some of the many common resolutions bandied about this time of year. However, while many are quick to post their dreams and hopes on the social channel du jour, most will never experience the satisfaction of achieving them.

Photo by Adam Nieścioruk on Unsplash

Goals versus systems

So what exactly is the difference between a goal and a system you say? A simple way to understand the distinction was offered by Scott Adams, the cartoonist behind the Dilbert comics. He put it like this, “Goals are about the results you want to achieve. Systems are about the processes that lead to those results.

Having a hard time consuming your pachyderm?

Don’t panic. You’re in good company. Many of us struggle with our goals and the processes and systems that support them all the time. This concept is merely a framework to help you zoom out a bit and look more broadly at the objectives you hope to achieve. There are lots of ideas out there, though. So if this one doesn’t suit you, keep looking. You’ll find something that will help you knock it out of the park.

Hi, I’m Ryan

I am an entrepreneur, creative director, podcaster, remote work advocate, consultant, author, and speaker committed to building authentic end-to-end relationships for my clients — from top management to top consumer. My unique philosophy puts specific importance on human relationships and their inherent value in both business and in life. I believe that as a society, we are reaching a kind of technological saturation point, which is leaving consumers anxious and yearning for tactile human experiences, and it is that core ethic that fuels my purpose — to bring people together.

CEO at R2. Founder at Teammate Apart. Remote work advocate. Consultant. Writer? TBD.

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