Goals vs. Systems

Goals are cool. I’ve written goals down and seen them through. I’ve also written goals and then tweaked them. I may have had a change of interest or thought and adjusted to the goal, only to ditch it eventually. I have put goals on paper, in my phone notes, and on my Evernote account. They’re all over the place.

I’m going back into my current journal and I saw one entry where I write about how ‘I don’t know about goals’. Honestly I don’t. I’m beginning to believe that goals is just not for me.

I tried SMART goals.

I tried GTD.

Not for me.

I’m currently reading The 10x Rule by Grant Cardone and recently read the chapter titled ’10x Goals’. The main idea of setting 10x goal is really setting your targets 10 times higher. I can dig that. Looking over my goals for 2017, I’ve been asking myself whether or not I am aiming 10x higher or is this just the average. I don’t want to operate at an average level anymore. Every night before I rest, I tell God that I want to be successful and I’m willing to sacrifice time, energy, and even friendships & relationships. I have visualized what success means to me and want to operate in the fashion that would allow me to make those visualizations reality.

Couple weeks ago I stumbled upon a Reddit post and was introduced to systems. The post features two outside articles that I found very interesting and a possible solution to my problem.

Don’t set goals for yourself—instead, create systems that make it easy for you to succeed

Forget About Setting Goals. Focus on This Instead.

Both articles credited the creator of creating a system and ditching goals who happened to be the man behind the comic strip Dilbert, Scott Adams.

After reading the above articles I went to the root, the source and took out Adams book, How to Fail at Almost Everything and Still Win Big. He has a chapter in which he speaks on creating systems. I also browsed through certain chapters, the book actually seems worth reading. Adams also wrote a blog post about it here.

In summary, systems are activities done on a daily basis that will increase your odds of success overtime. Both goals and systems can be almost be the same thing but the difference is the action and emotion behind both.

“If you achieve your goal, you celebrate and feel terrific but only until you realize you just lost the thing that gave you purpose and direction. Goals are ‘reach it and be done’ situation.”

Systems deal with the long game. You remain open to opportunity while constantly improving when you operate in a system.

  • Goal: Lose 20lbs
  • System:Eat Right


  • Goal:Running a marathon
  • System:Exercise daily


  • Goal:Make $1M
  • System: Become a serial entrepreneur


This could work for me. I’m not one of those “passionate” individuals who wants to stick to a lane. I’m interested in many things and these interest change over time. My interests from 6 months ago have changed a lot. I have no clue what I will be interested in 5 years from now but I do know that I will be healthy, constantly learning and improving. Operating this way will ensure no signs of discouragement and plenty of opportunities as long as I remain open.


Written By:

Ky’ron ‘Weeze’ Fitzgerald




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