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Forget About Setting Goals – Really?

Forget about setting goals

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.

Weight Loss

  • 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.

Forget About Setting Goals. Focus on This Instead.

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