Systems vs. Goals

If you are stuck not reaching your "goals" and keep starting and stopping, making little to no progress in achieving your visions of success then read this...

Whether it's fitness or business, systems always beat goals to achieve a result...

Here is what I mean...

What's Wrong With Goals?

Goals are like shiny things, they get your attention early and if you ever obtain one you are often left with a sinking feeling of "that's it? what's next?"...

In fitness, goals can be losing 10 pounds or six pack abs...

Goals are tricksters, they remind you of what you don't have, EVERYDAY...

You look in the mirror in the morning, STILL FAT!

Goal not achieved...

You might have lost weight, fit into those jeans, started walking or jogging for distance...

Goal was six pack abs, still fat, FAILURE!

Goals equate to destinations, if you are only looking to arrive at a destination, you will not enjoy the journey and miss all the details along the way...

Is this sounding to metaphorical to you?

Ok, here is the point, goals will always leave you empty, because the process of achieving your goals changes you, causes you to grow in your mind and at times your body...

When you achieve your goal, if you are one of the few who don't quit or make excuses, often times you are left feeling that the goal you set was too small, you should have shot higher, asked more of yourself...

Delivery Systems

Systems are designed to deliver an end result consistently...

The emphasis is on DESIGNED...

That's right, you decide how it will all work...

Now you can copy ( "MODEL" ) someone else or based on experience and intuition, hack your way and stumble upon a successful design...

In my experience, it's always easier and it saves a lot of time to acquire knowledge either paid or from observation from those who have come before you...

No reason to replicate mistakes someone else is willing to help you avoid...

Sounds to simple right, if you have this power, why not do it?

I don't know and I don't care, the only thing I can tell you is that systems work for these two reasons:

1. If you don't like the result, you can always adjust the system.

2. The system worked properly, delivers results...

The results can be anything you want, money, health, house, etc...

It's the design of the system that merits the focus, not the goal...

Example, Las Vegas

Here is a simple example, you have two people, both dream of being RICH!

Both have, let's say $5000...

The first, rent's a small space on the Las Vegas strip, purchases ten used slot machines, spending most of his money, he opens his Casino, called the Lucky Spot, it's ready for business...

The second, rent's a fancy room on the strip, goes down stairs, get's a car (not a taxi) and tell's the driver to take him to the best paying casino in town...

The driver proceeds to take him to the Lucky Spot, the second man sits and enjoys the free drinks, takes in the environment and pull after pull on the slot machines, he dwindles his cash reserves down to almost nothing... being smart enough to leave a few hundred dollars back at the hotel for tomorrow's meals and trip home... his dream is over and calls it a night...

So what happened?

The first man had a system to get rich, the second had a goal/dream to be rich...

The second man relied on luck and chance, arrogantly and outwardly expressing his desire to spend cash, because $5000 was small change, easily spent, compared to what he had in mind and was chasing after...

The first man relied on systems:

  • He didn't buy the building, he rented a space
  • He didn't buy new machines, he bought used machines
  • He didn't do massive advertising, he paid drivers for each person brought in the door
  • He didn't rely on luck, he used the law of averages, slots win over time
  • He didn't charge for drinks, he kept customers in seats longer

Both men wanted to be rich, but desires, dreams and passions are not enough...

Goals are not enough...

Systems will always beat goals...

Obviously, it is not hard to understand how the second man lost his money, he never had a chance, I have been the second man many times...

As the saying goes, "Don't go to Vegas with money you are not willing to lose..."

If systems work so well, why don't more people use them?

Because they are BORING, dreams are more exciting, goals are fun to imagine, passions fill our hearts and minds...

Systems take work, consistent and hard work...

Most people love to dream, it makes them feel good and feeling good is sometimes all people want, so they dream and dream and dream...

I hope this is not you, I hope you realize that proper planning and design of systems, plus the consistent hard work it takes to get them in place, can deliver the results you want and more...

Yes, it's not as exciting, at first...

Once a system is in place, all it requires is adjustments and maintenance, better yet, you can replicate that system many times over to multiply your results...

That's sounds pretty good to me...

HTH

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2 comments

  • Awesome!! And this is why New England Pats are the best NFL team in existence. They have a fail proof system they use and it doesn’t matter what player is used as long as that player follows that system! Great stuff Cesar!!

    -- Jerry Jones

  • @Jerry Jones – Thank you sir!

    -- Cesar Serna