Success starts with developing a system

Success starts with developing a system

August 12, 2021
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“Goals are about the results you want to achieve. Systems are about the processes that lead to those results.” - James Clear

There is no time more important than right now. Whatever stage of life you are in, the feeling of regret and the feeling that you did not leave it all on the table should be an unpleasant feeling.

I have recently started reading Atomic Habits by James Clear and the principles he lays out are simple, yet extremely effective.

At the end of the day, results are a lagging measure of our habits. Building consistent/regular behaviors overtime will create a routine that will lead to success without even thinking about it.

Each year, I have been coming up with goals that I am looking to achieve. But as of late, I have realized that this is not the best way to optimize my time. Rather than setting goals, you should be developing systems, consistent systems, that will ultimately get you where you want to go.

For example, if you have set a goal to read X number of books by the end of the year. What does that accomplish for you? Is that the true goal, to read a set number of books? No. Rather than having a goal of reading X number of books, refine that to say, ‘I want to become a reader’. That little tweak changes that from a goal to changing your behavior to incorporate reading into your life. Once you can accomplish that behavior consistently, then you will surpass your goal without even thinking about it.  

Once we can realize that consistency is the key to success, then it’s easy to grow a sense of purpose for that particular activity. Because once you know that if you consistently do these activities, it will give you a sense of purpose. Even if you just change something so simple, so small, but you stick with it for years, that consistent activity will turn into significant results.

It’s so easy in life to fall into the constant distractions and traps that allow us to rationalize why we don’t do certain things. Rather than accepting life as it is, we need to focus on what we can control. Life can be extremely predictive. You shouldn’t be constantly reacting to your environment. You should be setting the stage of the type of life or person you are trying to become, and then perform actions that will get you there.

Another concept that can be hard to get your head around is that you can’t have a timetable. The whole ’I will go 90 days of not smoking’, but what happens on day 91? Do you just stop and go back to what you were doing before? Look to implement behaviors and routines that last a lifetime.

You can put up with any how if you have a strong enough why. Do you want energy in the morning? Then you need to develop a system to get there. We can’t simply do the same things each day and expect different results. Implement new things and change your environment. Make these habits that you are trying attractive. Make them easy to do.

Put a full glass of water next to your bed, charge your phone across the room, and put a book near your bed. Now you feel obliged to get out of bed to shut off your phone. Then the water is right there for you to drink, and a book is staring you in the face. By changing your environment and surroundings, you will automatically grab those to start your day.

Probably the most important thing is finding someone to hold you accountable. It’s very easy to let ourselves down, we can rationalize that away. But when we let someone else down, I personally stay up at night thinking about that. I don’t like that feeling so I feel obligated to carry through with that promise, whatever it might be.

Try to surround yourself with people of similar habits. We like to imitate the habits of successful people to try and achieve similar results. Find time to take care of yourself, invest in YOU, which will then help you perform your tasks. Once you have this energy, because you invested in yourself, then you will thrive with whatever activity you are looking to accomplish.

They key here is to find that right balance. If you try to push the limit and live a life where you are truly not comfortable or happy, then it’s not sustainable.

It’s ok to just hangout and relax. Even if this all seems like too much or if you love the life you are currently living, than that is fine! But remember one thing:

“Most people overestimate what they can do in one year and underestimate what they can do in ten years.” – Bill Gates

  • Kyle

Disclosure: This material is for general information only and is not intended to provide specific advice or recommendations for any individual.