By Phillip Chichoni
“ I believe that our very survival depends upon us becoming better systems thinkers.” – Margaret J. Wheatley
As we close the year, it is that time again to review our goals and set new ones for the coming year. Of the dozen people I asked this week, none managed to achieve all the goals they set for themselves for 2103. It gets even more daunting to start thinking of setting bigger goals for next year, knowing how unlikely they are to be achieved. For that reason, some people have stopped bothering themselves with setting goals.
There is a better way of getting things done.
Look at people who are struggling to lose weight, for example. How many actually lose the number of kilograms they set for themselves in the period they want to? Very few indeed. Why is that?
This is because a big goal puts a huge burden on your mind. Some over-exercise in order to lose weight quickly, while others starve themselves. The end result is that most give up. Over-exercising leads to over-exhaustion and sometimes injury, while starving yourself increases hunger pangs, leading to over-eating and more weight gain.
Now look at someone who sets a system for exercise sessions. If you schedule specific days and times for exercise each week and stick to it for 21 days, it will become a habit. Once something becomes a habit, you will begin to do it almost automatically and effortlessly. The results will come without much pressure on your mind.
Another example, say you want to write a book. If you set it as a goal, it will look daunting knowing that you need to write around 80,000 to 100,000 words. However, if you make it into a system it will be much simpler to accomplish. I write at least three articles every week, for the press, my blog and this newsletter, about 1,600 words in total. Multiply that by 52 weeks and you get 83,200 words, enough for a book!
A system makes difficult tasks easier. So, set up your schedule for the important things you need to be doing weekly in 2014 and start doing it, you will find the results amazing.
Phillip Chichoni is a business development consultant who works with entrepreneurs who are starting or growing their businesses. He is the author of the books ” Business Planning Simplified”, “The Entrepreneur’s Guide to Starting a Business in Zimbabwe” and “High Impact Low Cost Marketing Strategies for SMEs.” You can contact him by email firstname.lastname@example.org
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