“I can’t finish this puzzle”…
That seems to be the natural progression with most of our goals.
I remember getting a 500-piece puzzle when I was a kid. I was excited! “How hard could this be?” The goal was to make the same picture on the box. Excitement soon turned into despair and frustration. That question became, “why is this so hard?”
I’m sure you set goals in the past and even have some for this year. If you’re like me, you’ve missed a few of them. Someone has an unused gym membership out there.
No matter how many times I attempted that puzzle (or any other goal) with only hope, passion, or good intention, it ultimately ended the same: an incomplete puzzle and a mess. Until, I learned to find all the corner pieces first, then line up the edge pieces, etc.
I had a goal but I needed a ‘system’. Basically, systems are processes you put in place that employ discipline and consistency. They are simple reoccurring tasks from the core of what you desire to accomplish. While they can be used isolated and independently, I use systems to effectively support my goals. Systems allowed me to replicate success, and that’s a key differentiator of the most successful people.
“Systems allowed me to replicate success, and that’s a key differentiator of the most successful people.”
You set a goal to write a book by the end of the year. Great goal. If June arrives and haven’t even written a single word, chances are you will be discouraged. The likelihood of you accomplishing your goal becomes slimmer.
Conversely, if you setup a system to just write for 15 minutes every day, you can end up with more than just one book, you may have a series!