Goodbye 2016, and HELLO New YEAR 2017!

Time to Kick some Ass in 2017
Time to Kick some Ass in 2017

Do you know what time it is? It’s a new year.  2017 to be exact. Now you’ll see post about New Year’s Resolutions galore. Goal-setting, promises, aspirations, etc.

I previously wrote about a goal we should have for 2017 and beyond. Specifically, “to not be Charlie Brown”. But the “not” is rather negative. A new year means you should take some ACTIONS.

Goal setting “experts” will talk about how your goals have to be “S-M-A-R-T” (as in Specific, Measurable, Actionable, Realistic and Timely).

Yawn.

OK, having goals set out as “S-M-A-R-T” are useful (to an extent). For example, “lose 2kg of bodyweight by March 31, 2017.

The concept is that lacking a deadline or specificity will doom you to fail at your goal. Yet is this necessarily so? I have a two-word goal: “live well-thy“.

Pretty generic, open-ended and doomed to fail, right?

But what if we use Scott Adams’ advice from his wonderful book How to Fail at Everything and Still Win Big? Specifically, Adams talks about using SYSTEMS instead of goals. So his concept is that you create a system in place so that you develop the habits and routines to ensure you reach your goal.

My Example:

So as part of a well-thy life, I have to take care of my dry skin. Maybe it’s a guy thing, but I just don’t want to put on cream. But I need to…yet I talk myself out of it.

My solution? I have a system where I put body and hand cream on my pillow so that I have to move it away otherwise I cannot sleep. By having to touch the creams, I have ZERO excuse to fail to apply the cream.

The above is a simple example of systems instead of goals.

A system to get you to do pushups
A system to get you closer to your goal!

ACTION STEP FOR YOU:

  • Think of ANY goal you have (small, big, bucket list, short-term)
  • Now think how you can create a SYSTEM to achieve your goal

Let me know in the comments what you’re doing.