Academic success is for goal-setters. It is largely about beginning with the end in mind (a goal) and creating an action plan (system) to get there, wherever “there” is.
Setting Goals is very important for anyone that want to become successful in anything at all, including academics.
But a goal alone isn’t enough for success. You also need a system to get you there. Because systems work—they provide clarity and keep you on track.
In How to Fail at Almost Everything and Still Win Big, best-selling author Scott Adams explains: “A goal is a specific objective that you either achieve or don’t sometime in the future.
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A system on the other hand is something you do on a regular basis that brings you happiness in the long run. so, if you do something every day and consistently, it’s a system.
The point here is
“If you’re waiting to achieve it someday in the future, it’s a goal.”
“I do these everyday to achieve my goal, its a system
Why the differentiation? Because systems increase your likelihood of winning. It’s the system that matters, not the rare moments of ticking a box that was a goal.
A system is set of steps to help you achieve your goal, not just dream and talk about it. – I prefer calling it habits
For example, let’s say your goal is to make straight “A”s in school. Your system might look like this:
- Review every lesson/subject taught everyday before sleeping.
- Try out exercises from textbooks every weekend.
- Allocate an hour per month to discuss topics with friends in form of tutorials.
- Consistently improve on your spellings and writing skill.
Benefits of Systems
A system makes your goal real. It’s concrete.
It gets you moving. When you put your system into action, you’ll be very likely to reach your goal, because you have a map to get there.
The system is all you have to worry about to summit whatever mountain you are climbing.
Here’s an example of one of my systems in action: When I moved to the north, my goal was to live differently and reach out to more people with the little experience have got.
One way to go about it was to volunteer in platforms where i can attract new friends, hoping that i will find the right people we can create a platform to educate and reach out to the younger generation. To do that, I decided start weekly online meetings to discuss topics I felt mattered.
My system to do that was to study and share a topic every week. Even when I didn’t feel like it. Some of my meetings does nothing—it tanks and attracts little audience! But I always have my meeting every week.
It’s not “I’ll do it when I feel like it.” It’s “I’ll do it this week.” Because it’s my system. Tuesday night, is my meeting time.
Following my system ultimately got me closer to my dream more than i can ever imagine. It eventually even resulted in some number of clients i mentor today.
I scored my goal and then some through that process, because, unlike goals, systems never end (they also take away the guesswork).
So now, what goal do you currently have that you could replace with a system?
- Could you replace learning programming with writing one code per week?
- Could you replace a goal of finishing 3 books a month to reading one chapter every night?
- Why not replace your improving your writing skill with spending 20 minutes per day writing a dairy?
- Could you replace your desire for a deeper spiritual practice with a 15-minute morning meditation?
- Could you replace a goal of spending more quality time reading with switching off your phone 10 pm daily?
Finally, Systems reduce decision fatigue; they provide you with an inner guidance system and a equip you with the power of habit. What system can you start this week? use the comment box below.