One of my "fun little quirks" as a person and an author is that I'm VERY goal-oriented. I try to be as realistic as possible, but when I set a goal, I feel like it's carved in stone. Come Hell or high water—or a scalding combination of both—I'm going to reach that goal! Then I ran into a fascinating article on Psychology Today that talks about a new way to approach goal-setting. Basically, it says that the GOAL isn't what matters. Instead, it's the system that helps you reach that goal that matters most. The article gives some interesting examples:
- If you’re a coach,your goal is to win a championship. Your system is what your team does at practice each day.
- 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