Forget About Setting Goals – Really?
That was my reaction when I read the title of this article by James Clear. Needless to say, it only took a couple of seconds for me to click on it to read it.
My plans have plans.
I’m a planning kind of girl so not having goals seemed very strange to me.
After reading his article I’ve changed my mind.
- In my mind, I applied this to weight loss.
- I was recently diagnosed with heart disease and told to lose 40 pounds. If I proceed on my current path I can plan to have a heart attack in my future.
- Needless to say, I’m motivated.
- The Lord was gracious to me in allowing me to discover this problem due to a required EKG.
- I have no history of heart disease and have had no symptoms. We were not looking for heart disease at all.
I looked at these two examples of Clear’s:
- If you’re a coach, your goal is to win a championship. Your system is what your team does in practice each day.
- If you’re a writer, your goal is to write a book. Your system is the writing schedule that you follow each week.
Systems, Not Goals
- If my goal is to lose weight I need to focus on my system, not my goal.
- We decided not to diet.
- Instead, we are changing lifestyles.
- I have too much experience dieting only to gain more weight back than I lost.
- My system is evolving. We are eating things we like, but healthier versions, or smaller portions.
- I’m not keeping so many tempting things in the house.
- I’m counting calories, something I’ve never done before. It helps me to plan out my day so that I can even have wedding cake once in awhile.
I’ve included a link to James Clear’s article below. Let me know what you think after you read it.
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