Want Greater Success? Focus on Systems Alongside your Goals

Setting goals is a must for your success, whether it is a weight loss goal or a business goal. You might understand the power of setting goals, but that’s just the beginning. A goal is where you want to end up, but it doesn’t tell you how to get there.

Creating systems that move you toward success is the real path to success.


For example, a successful business always has a system for generating sales. There are sales goals to hit, but it is the system in place that moves the company toward that sales goal.


I can guarantee that you already have a lot of systems, but aren’t aware of them. You have a system for mowing the grass, putting diesel in the car, and how you drive. You have a system for making sure your kids have clean clothes on Monday morning and how you make the beds. In cooking, a recipe is a suggested system to get the best results, and how you create that is through trial and error and learning from others.


When you set a new goal, it’s important to create new systems.


Follow this process to create effective systems that lead to your success:


Step 1 – Know your goal but focus on how to get there. Let’s imagine that your goal is to run a marathon in nine months. Well Done you! But, let’s focus on how you might get there. Let’s also imagine that you haven’t run in years, and you have to lose 1 and a half stone if you want to increase your odds of success.

  • With research, you discover that you need to ultimately have a long run of 20 miles every other week to have a good chance of finishing a marathon. You also know that you need to work up to a weekly mileage of at least 40 miles per week. Armed with this knowledge, you can create a plan.
  • You know that you need to lose weight, so a diet of some sort might be in order.
  • You also believe that you need to learn more about running.


Step 2 – Formulate specific support goals. In the example above, you know that you need to ultimately have a long run of 20 miles every other week, work up to 40 miles per week, and lose 1 and a half stone. These are your support goals.

  • Your “systems” will be the way you choose to accomplish these support goals.
  • One way to develop your systems is to work backwards.


Step 3 – Work backwards. Obviously, you can’t just go out and run 20 miles if you haven’t run in years. You’re also not going to lose one and a half stone in a day. If you try to run 40 miles the first week it will lead to injury and a loss of motivation. So how can you work backwards with this example?

  • If you need to have a 20-mile run every other week, the week or two prior to running 20 miles, you need to run 18/19. Before that, 17. Keep working back until have a number you can do your first week. Build a schedule. Is there an app on your phone that can track your progress and give you the information you need?
  • Over the next 9 months, you need to work up from just a few miles to 40 miles. Again, build a schedule that works for you.
  • Perhaps on Sunday, you will create a menu for the week and do your shopping as a way of helping to lose weight.
  • You might also decide to read for an hour each week about running.


setting goalsNow, your goal each week is to follow your plan.

Monitor how well you’re sticking to your plan. The end goal is just the destination.


The key is to focus on your systems in order to get there.


Each goal will require different systems. For example, if you’re a life coach and want to have a full practice by the end of this year and for you, this could be 15 sessions a week.

Your systems might be to:

  • Contact any old clients to ask for a testimonial and offer an incentive for any referrals.
  • Run local adverts both online and offline.
  • Send out 100 postcards each month looking for new clients.
  • Go to local networking events each month.
  • Change social media profiles so friends and family know what you offer, you can get some good referrals this way.


Effective systems are do-able and will guarantee success. Poor systems or poor compliance lead to poor results.

Create systems that make it impossible to fail.


Set your goals and then focus on developing effective systems, through trial and error and learning from others. If you create good systems and follow them, you’ll achieve success.


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