❖ Focus on systems everyday, not goals ❖
In business, there is too much fixation on big goals and dramatic results...
When you constantly focus on a big future goal, 2 things happen:
1. Your subconscious keeps whispering to you that you aren't there...
...that you aren't yet "enough".
I've heard it said that "Desire is a contract we make with ourselves, to be unhappy until something *specific* happens."
The fixation on a big goal creates an underlying layer of unhappiness becomes in life.
2. The more you focus on the specifics of the goal, the more attached you become.
If that goal doesn't happen *in the way* you visualized or expected, or in the timeline you hoped, it deals a blow to your self-identity and erodes your self-empowerment.
Perhaps a healthier and less stressful way is to focus on our systems, our processes.
It is likely to be more effective too.
I'm not saying to get rid of your future goals. I, too, have dreams, visions for my life, and milestones I hope to achieve.
However, I hold loosely to those future goals and numbers.
I use those future milestones to help me thoughtfully *design a daily system* that gets me ever closer to that goal.
None of us can accurately predict what will happen in the future. There are too many factors in life.
So let's be careful not to get fixated on a specific future goal that we made up.
As soon as we create the system, the process of daily actions, then I suggest we raise our inner reason for following that system toward a higher purpose: *to grow our skills and capacity.*
Truly, the only goal that matters is your personal growth. Because as long as you are growing in your abilities, everything else in life becomes easier.
Any goal becomes more achievable, if you focus on growing yourself.
What's interesting to me is that when we focus on our systems, we become more likely to experience better results, more empowered to reach our goals.
"I once read an interview with a coach for the U.S. Olympic archery team. He commented that the biggest problem he faced in coaching the American team was that they were fixated on their scores, or the result of their shots. It was as if they were drawing the bow and releasing the arrow only to hit the bull’s-eye and earn a good score. This was in contrast to the Asian teams, who, having grown up in different cultures, were consumed in the process of properly executing the technique that led up to releasing the shot. Where the arrow hit the target was almost unimportant compared to the motion of drawing the bow correctly and releasing the shot. They viewed the result with an almost detached indifference. For them, the desired goal was a natural result of prioritizing the proper technique of drawing the bow. They operated in a completely different paradigm, and because of it, they were very difficult to beat.... The minds of the Asian archers were quiet, uncomplicated, and free from mental turmoil. The irony was that, when compared to the results-oriented Americans, the Asians were the ones who were winning. Now, U.S. sports psychologists are teaching our athletes to think along similar lines.”
--from the book The Practicing Mind. More inspiring quotes from the book: http://j.mp/1RkozRA
I'll end with this encouragement:
Remember that you will be deeply taken care of. Always.
Everything will eventually turn out beautifully well for you. Truly.
Therefore, do not be afraid if you do not reach goals.
Focus on your systems and processes instead.
Use those systems to grow yourself everyday.
By doing this, the journey of life becomes easier, and you may even travel beyond your original goals!
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