This time of year, this month particularly, we often find ourselves asking; "What do I want to achieve this year?" "What differences can I make in my life that will allow me to progress in my training, work, relationships and health?"
*If you're not asking these questions though, start now. ;)
There is only one problem with these questions..
We go through the pattern of setting these goals, big or small, and then - We just hope it happens.
We pray that we get there by the end of the year, often without doing more than just writing the goal down.
Goal setting is great. It gives a focus and it's imperative to keeping you motivated and moving forward.
It’s not setting goals that people struggle with, its reaching the goal.
Anyone that follows me on social media knows I am obsessed with a book called Atomic Habits by James Clear.
Something that really stuck for me from his book;
“You do not rise to the level of your goals. You fall to the level of your systems. Your goal is a desired outcome. Your system is the collection of daily habits that will get you there.”
If you were to set your goal and then ask yourself; "Am I making choices everyday that bring me closer to my goal?"
My guess is more often than not; No.
It's Okay. We're human. Life happens. Sometimes we get frustrated or overwhelmed and the goal now seems too far away.
All I'm asking of you to do today is to asses your systems.
If your goal is to go to the gym 4 days a week, are your choices reflecting the behaviour of someone who goes to the gym 4 days a week? Are your systems so solid that you are giving yourself zero opportunity to not, not show up?
- Do you get your gym clothes ready the night before?
- Have you prepped your breakfast?
- Do you put your gym bag in the car ready to go?
- Is your alarm set?
Is your behaviour indicative of someone who trains 4 days a week?
Your goal is the desired outcome but you need to set systems (a collection of daily habits) in order to get yourself where you want to be.
James Clear says; “When looking at creating a new habit (something that will get you closer to your goal) simply ask yourself these 4 things:
- How can I make it obvious?
- How can I make it attractive?
- How can I make it easy?
- How can I make it satisfying?
The key to creating good habits and breaking bad ones is to understand these fundamental laws and how to alter them to your specifications. Every goal is doomed to fail if it goes against the grain of human nature.”
People often ask me; “How’d you get good at X,Y,Z?”
The answer always is; "I created system’s that allowed me too."
So while the end goal is important, I urge you to focus on your systems this year.
Do this, and I have no doubt you will be ticking your goals off far quicker than you every anticipated.
Coach Riz xx