Friday, March 18, 2016

Goals vs. Systems

What's the difference between goals and systems?

  • If you're an upwardly mobile employee, your goal is to get promoted. Your system is the performance appraisal process of your company.

  • 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.

Now think on this...

If you completely ignored your goals and focused only on your system, would you get results?

Yes you would! The problem is, without goals you will never know if you effectively implemented and worked the system.
However, setting goals without implementing mechanisms to achieve goals (system) is like wanting to bake a pie without knowing the recipe.

Systems are better because you have the ingredients and the recipe and as long as you at least work the process you will complete the task.
Even though your target is unknown, you've done the work and can now set realistic goals based on your experience with the system.

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