Systems vs Goals

A friend just posted this article:

Forget Setting Goals. Focus on Your System Instead.

This really resonates with me because for most of my weight-management life (over 10 years now) I’ve only very reluctantly set goals. They feel like a distraction for me, in fact when I first joined the HMR program over 10 years ago I was hesitant to set a goal weight and only after they insisted did I pick one that was extremely modest (I decided that since I’d never been able to lose more than 10 pounds, I’d put 30 pounds – I ended up losing 100). A goal has just never been as important to me as the tools, skills, plans, and execution of that system. Once I have all of those working, the goal will come. And sometimes, I find that the goal can change once all the moving pieces are firing (just like my experience with HMR) – sometimes once the system is in place you learn something new about yourself that can re-frame your former goals and allow you to reach new ones!

So check it out, and tell me – do you prefer to set goals, or focus on working your system?

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One Response to “Systems vs Goals”

  1. Tracy Renae Cote Serros Says:

    This makes total sense to me. I’ve been reading a book called “The Slight Edge,” the premise of which is that it’s the small decisions people make every day consistently that make them successful. But more than that, I have a strong tendency to yo-yo between crazy diet/exercise regimes and doing nothing and eating everything in sight. I’m thinking I need to modify my strategy to one I feel like I can live with all the time… because although I enjoy the challenge, it’s obviously not a balanced system if I just keep swinging back in the other direction. Something to think about… after I finish the gnarly workout challenge and diet I just started. 😉


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