We can often think in terms of goals, setting goals, achieving goals, imagining goals, writing goals down and the list goes on.
Don’t get me wrong. Important to bring these in and yet as Adams says…
“Goal-oriented people exist in a state of continuous presuccess failure at best, and permanent failure at worst if things never work out.
…Systems people succeed every time they apply their systems, in the sense that they did what they intended to do.
Unlike a goal you can get a feeling of satisfaction and a sense of accomplishment from working your system on a daily basis."
A simple one for me is writing. Sure I’ve got a bigger goal I’m chipping away at. Yet if I hinge my well being on that one lofty goal then it’s game over. Rather I experience joy and grit in the daily process + working my own system.
Don’t be afraid to define, discover and develop your own system of potential and productivity on a daily basis. Test one, discover, tweak and hone in one one (self made or hand pick one that works) and then work your system (daily).
“A system is something you do on a regular basis that increases your odds of happiness in the long run. If you do something every day, it’s a system. If you’re waiting to achieve it someday in the future, it’s a goal.” (Adams)