Are Systems More Important than Goals?

Linda LaitalaBusiness, Employees, Leadership, ManagementLeave a Comment

According to Atomic Habits author, James Clear,

“You don’t rise to the level of your goals,
you fall to the level of your systems.”

Prevailing wisdom claims the best way to achieve what we want in life – getting into shape, building a successful business, relaxing more, spending more time with family and friends – is to set specific goals.

Clear points out that the results he has achieved have very little to do with the goals he set and everything to do with the systems he followed.

  • If you’re a coach, your goal might be to win a championship. Your system is the way you recruit players, manage your assistant coaches, and conduct practice.
  • If you’re an entrepreneur, your goal might be to build a million-dollar business. Your systems are how you test product ideas, hire employees, and run marketing campaigns.
  • If you’re 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 measures, and your willingness to accept feedback from your instructor.
The important question is:

If you completely ignored your goals and focused only on your system, would you still succeed?

The goal in any sport is to finish with the best score, but it would be ridiculous to spend the whole game staring at the scoreboard. The only way to win is to get better each day. In the words of three-time Super Bowl winner Bill Walsh, “The score takes care of itself.” The same is true for other areas of life. If you want better results, forget about setting goals. Focus on your system instead.

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