Making small improvements on a daily basis will lead you to greater effectiveness and ultimately success. Too often we convince ourselves that massive success requires massive action.
Making a choice that is 1% better or doing something that is 1% worse can make a significant difference over time. The choices you make around your daily habits will be more transformative than a once in a lifetime change.
If you think about gains and losses in life and the impact they have, these questions that you battle through will define your future self.
- Are you spending less than you earn each month?
- Are you making it to the gym each week?
- Are you reading books and learning something new each day?
The difference between a goal and system:-
If you are a musician, your goal might be to play a new piece. Your system is how often you practice, how you break down and tackle difficult parts and your method for receiving feedback from your tutor.
Goals are good for setting a direction but systems give you the progress. Problems arise when you spend too much time thinking about your goals and not enough time designing the systems.
Achieving a goal only changes your life for a moment, whereas systems are long term. You hear the classic line “Once I reach my goal, then I’ll be happy” you can’t attach happiness to the goal, you need the continuity of rituals and systems.
In summary getting 1% better everyday counts in the long run. If you want better results then forget about setting goals, focus on your system instead. You do not rise to the level of your goals, you fall to the level of your systems.
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Further reading – Atomic Habits by James Clear