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Systems that lead to goals…


Goals can seem so remote and often instead of language being motivational it can be the opposite.

“I am never going to reach my goal…”

Sometimes we reach the goal and have a period of mourning – what next…?

The systems that lead to the goal are actually the most effective and successful long term outcome.

At a coaching session on Friday I was explaining this piece of theory to a client but we wanted to make it real.  I asked them to think about systems they had in their life that were tried and tested and really successful.  Running their home was their suggestion.

The pure mechanics of running the building, keeping it clean and maintained.  This proved a fantastic metaphor as there are so many daily, weekly and monthly rituals that are not that dissimilar to a business.  Ironically we are often more disciplined about running our homes than our businesses. We listed all the house systems one side and then we converted them into what they looked like from a business perspective.

Any goal that you want to achieve has to have a plan and milestones, but remember the systems you put around it could last forever.

I decided I wanted to write more as it gives me content for my workshops and keeps me up to date with development.  This led to the weekly discipline of the blog.  Watch this space there might be a book one day…!

From James Clear’s Blog

  • If you’re a writer, your goal is to write a book. Your system is the writing schedule that you follow each week.
  • If you’re a runner, your goal is to run a marathon. Your system is your training schedule for the month.
  • If you’re an entrepreneur, your goal is to build a million dollar business. Your system is your sales and marketing process.

At the end of James Clear’s blog he asks what is more important the systems around the goal or the goal?

Think this week of what you need to achieve and the processes and systems you have in place.

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