My previous post, in which I blasted the Cleveland Browns for being terrible, talked about the importance of committing to a vision and then to a system that supported that vision, and finally, executing that system consistently over time.
I got feedback asking, “What is the system? How do I develop this type of system?”
“Let me explain. No, there is too much. Let me sum up.” (Princess Bride, any one??)
The term “system” may make it sound like more than it is, so I’ll start with a fun and simple example.
My goal: I want to get leaner and stronger. I’m going to put a system in place that, if executed consistently over time, will absolutely get me the results I want. My system: I’m going to work out for three days straight, one muscle group each day, then take a rest day that includes a 30-minute run. Finally, I’m going to adjust my diet in one or two key ways. I’m going to focus on eating greens, I’m going to eat eggs in the morning instead of cereal, and I will drink 8 glasses of water a day.
Finally—and this is the most commonly overlooked step—I’m going to measure a few stats and re-measure them at intervals, making adjustments to the system as needed.
BOOM! System. Done. (Will I be a professional fitness athlete? No, but in this case, that wasn’t my goal.)
This system is simple and reliable. It will yield results if I commit to it consistently over time. And most of all, it is fluid. I have opportunities, at set intervals, to adjust the system and improve it.
I need to make one important distinction, though. The system above is simple. It’s not necessarily easy. It’s simple in the fact that I don’t have to expend energy each day figuring out from scratch how to reach my goal. It’s still hard in that it takes a time commitment, my muscles will ache and I’ll be tired and probably crave Reese’s cups on occasion. But the decision-making is easy: “Does this action fit into my system?”
The value of an effective system is that on a daily basis, you don’t have to climb the entire mountain. You know what your task is for the day—eggs in the morning, 8 glasses of water, and get your workout in. If you do that today, you’ve taken care of business. And if you do it again tomorrow, and the next day, and the next… at some point you’re going to look up and realize that you’re seeing the results you were aiming for.
Why? Because you created a system that supported your vision, it is a simple and fluid (read: adjustable) system, and you stuck to it consistently over a long period of time.
A good system gives you bite sized chunks to take care of on a daily basis, and the results take care of themselves.
Give it a shot! Sit down for 5 minutes and come up with a handful of simple tasks that, when executed consistently over time, will carry you toward your end goal.
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