Goals are for losers: Why you should be building habits and systems instead
When you’re working toward a goal, you are essentially saying, ‘I’m not good enough yet, but I will be when I reach my goal’
“When you focus on the practice instead of the performance, you can enjoy the present moment and improve at the same time.”
Perhaps my favorite reason for focusing on systems and habits over goals is that they give you control. I know from experience that when I set a goal I can’t control, like getting a particular job or improving sales for my business, I feel frustrated and disappointed when I don’t ‘complete’ that goal.
But aiming for a goal you don’t control doesn’t make any sense: you can’t achieve something that’s out of your hands.
What you can do is work hard on your job application, build your network, do more sales calls—habits and systems are controllable, repeatable actions that will lead to improvements over time.