Why Goal Setting Doesn’t Work, and What You Can Do About It

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We’ve arrived at the big one-five.

2014 has flown by, but it always seems this way when we enter a new year.

The traditional way to start the new year is to set goals and resolutions for ourselves.

According to research, only 8% of people manage to achieve their new years goals. Although it isn’t surprising, as we tend to be overly-optimistic when goal setting by the end of the year, it’s also contradicting.

What’s the point of setting a new years resolution if there’s a 92% chance that we’re not going to follow through it?

That’s why this year, I’ve decided to do things differently.

System vs. Goals

Instead of simply goal setting and hoping I stick through it, I’ve created a system.

If you think about it in terms of arriving at a destination, your goal is the destination, whereas your system is the GPS.

Having a system is about taking our overarching goal for the year, and breaking it down into necessary small steps on a daily, weekly, and monthly basis.

It’s why so many people fail to achieve their resolutions, or their goals in life.

Few of us are willing to break it down and put in the routine work that accumulates into big results.

If you look at every high performing individual, they have a system that guides them towards their goals.

Here are a few examples.

If you are an author:
Your goal is — finish writing a book by the end of the year.
Your system is — write 500 words every morning for the next 3 months.

If you are an athlete:
Your goal is — make it to the Olympics.
Your system is — train everyday for 5 hours, and stick to your nutrition diet.

If you are a lifestyle entrepreneur:
Your goal is — make $50,000/month of income.
Your system is — have a scalable, and automated marketing & sales funnel that generates X number of leads with X% of conversion every month.


Creating your system

Without knowing what your goals are, it’s difficult to design a system that will work for your specific situation.

Here’s a guideline you can follow that will help you create your system:

1. Have a measurable goal for the end of the year. The easiest way to do this is to put a number behind your goal.

For example:

“I want to have a successful business by the end of the year”


“I want to be generating at least $40,000/month in my business by October”

2. Pick a series of actions that you can take or taken for you on a daily or weekly basis. These goals need to have a direct effect on achieving your goals. You don’t always have to be taking these actions yourself, it could be an automated sales funnel you set up, or a virtual assistant that can do this for you.

3. Get specific by quantifying your actions. Make sure your actions can be measured. For example, my system in 2015 will be to write 500 words every morning from 8am — 10am.

If you want to lose weight this year, then it could be run three miles every morning when you wake up.

4. Track your system. Keep a record of your system on a journal or a spreadsheet immediately after performing your actions. What doesn’t get measured, won’t improve.

5. Have an accountability partner. The hardest part about having a system is maintaining it. I’ve found that having a partner who will keep you accountable on a daily or weekly basis motivates you to get results. When picking your partner, make sure the two of you have similar goals and actions you are taking.

You can follow this guideline when goal setting, and repeat it with other goals you have for 2015. I like to divide my goals into health, wealth, and relationships, but go with whichever floats your boat.

We need to stop asking ourselves what our goals are, but how we will achieve them through designing a system.

Did you find this article helpful? I want to hear from you, and how you and your close ones will be using systems in 2015!


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