New ThoughtCatalog Article: It May Sound Crazy But Abandoning Your Goals Is The Key To Achieving Them
OK, the title is a bit of hyperbole mixed with clickbait (I didn't write it, the editor does that). But the point of it is still true. Namely, systems are far superior to goals. I came to this conclusion after reading Scott Adam's new book How to Fail at Almost Everything and Still Win Big.
Adams notes that "If you achieve your goal, you celebrate and feel terrific, but only until you realize you just lost the thing that gave you purpose and direction." There's no permanence with it, plus opportunities can come from anywhere and make old goals irrelevant. Or perhaps, the goal will be too stifling to let you take advantage of that opportunity.
Instead he uses and I recommend as well, systems. Here's one example I describe,
"He must go to the gym each day. Now notice, I didn’t say he must work out each day, he just must show up at the gym. If he can’t handle it that day, he can just leave. But usually, just walking in is enough."
And there are many more such examples. I highly recommend adopting this mindset.
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