Upgrade Choice: Systems over Goals

Systems people succeed. People who use systems do better than people who set goals. The systems-driven people have found a way to look at the familiar in more useful ways.

Systems people succeed every time they apply their systems in the sense that they did what they intended to do. The goals people are fighting the feeling of discouragement at each turn. The systems people are feeling good every time they apply their system. That’s a big difference in terms of maintaining your personal energy in the right direction. The system-versus-goals model can be applied to most human endeavors. In the world of dieting, losing twenty pounds is a goal, but eating right is a system. If you do something every day, it’s a system. If you’re waiting to achieve it someday in the future, it’s a goal.

Letting the prize be the result of playing to the best of your ability is the system.

Source: Scott Adams

Ascent Habit Practice: Fundamentals are executing your system daily and staying with your process. Proclaim victory at the end of each day for the observations and adjustments you’ve made to your system without worry about whether the results were positive or negative.