Goals are so 2016. I used to seek goals to highlight my inadequacies and inevitable shortcomings in an attempt to better myself in the coming year because that’s what you do right? Systems are better as they avoid the inevitable self-loathing and instead set up a path for a mindset of positive growth. Here are my systems to crush 2018. In this post I discuss why I’m using systems not goals to improve next year.
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I used to be a goal setter
Like many people, I used to set vague, non-measurable goals every New Year. Make more money, lose more weight, go to the gym more, etc. As I mentioned in our post Systems: Looking Back on 2017, I used to seek goals with which to lord over myself during each coming new year, to highlight my inadequacies and inevitable shortcomings in an attempt to better myself in the coming year because that’s what you do right?
Why systems are better
Scott Adams (of Dilbert fame) said: “Goals are for losers. Systems are for winners.” I love this approach to self improvement as it avoids the inevitable self-loathing and focus on “what’s wrong with me?” and instead sets up a path for a mindset of positive growth by leaning on systems that can be followed to create awesomeness. Using this systems approach in 2017, I was able to lose 28 pounds in two months, crush $20,000 in consumer debt in six months and created the foundation towards becoming the Dirtbag Millionaire. It’s a far better and way more fun/productive/awesome way to look at yourself and the world!
My systems for 2018:
Here are my systems for improving my financial situation and working towards financial independence, creating a business online and increasing my fitness and climbing performance.
- Invest more in the blog, treat it like a business. (By signing up for courses and creating a website that is visually pleasing and useful to our readers. Stretch goal: posting 2x per week)
- Participating in the Frugalwoods Uber Frugal Month and using what we learn to increase our finaincial awesomeness all year long.
- Continue following the Slow Carb Diet: Do this, it works!
- Climbing training program based on Steve Bechtel’s new book, Logical Progression and 5×5 Strong Lifts.
How to create systems that support your goals/dreams:
This part is actually pretty straightforward. Grab a a piece of paper, fire up a new spreadsheet, write on the back of a napkin, whatever. Draw a line down the center to create two columns. Take the goals that you have set for yourself and write them down in the left column. Then, for each goal you have, brainstorm a list of possible systems that you could adopt to help you realize that goal.
Want to lose weight? What diet or dietary changes will you use?
Want to save more money? How will you keep track of how you are doing? (I recommend Personal Capital)
Want to get stronger, more flexible, send your project? What will your training plan be?
Want to improve other elements? How will you support yourself? What system will you create or adopt that will get you there? You can do it!
See you out there,
What are your systems for the coming year? Can you take the goals you have set and create or name a system that will bring you the next step towards the life of your dreams? Write them below and I will do whatever I can to help you develop a system that supports your goals!