Goals vs. Systems
A system is a must when striving towards reaching your goals. You’ve probably heard many people talk about goal setting, but you may not know that having goals without systems is like shooting in the dark. Setting goals is a great start, but without a system, the chances of achieving those goals are slim to none.
In this post, I will show you how to set up a system to help you achieve your goals. And if you hang around to the end, I’ll share the one goal every Believer should set a target for that you’re guaranteed to meet.
Welcome to Mindset Monday, a motivation segment dedicated to goals, productivity, and business success for the Believer.
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What is a Goal:
Meriam Webster – the end toward which effort is directed.
Oxford – the object of a person’s ambition or effort; an aim or desired result.
“In other words, a goal is an aim you put your time, resources, and energy into achieving.” LaTanya Quinn
What is a System
Meriam Webster – an organized or established procedure
Oxford – a set of principles or procedures according to which something is done; an organized framework or method.
Systems are an organized framework to hit your targets.
Most of us heard of or used the S.M.A.R.T. Goals method of goal-setting, this process describes a framework or system.
You can read more about the process on BetterUp -10 Smart Goal Examples for Your Whole Life.
God wants us to plan and use our time wisely. This is why I created the Dream Big Goal-setting guide.
A System vs. a Goal
So the goal is an aim or target you’re focused on meeting, and the system is how you get there.
As a teenager, you regularly observed your parents and other people driving around in cars. So you decided to learn to drive and obtain your driver’s license by sixteen.
The decision to learn to drive, get your license, and ultimately own a vehicle led you to choose activities aligned with your goal.
Therefore, the goals and system look something like this:
Goal: Get my driver’s license (when I turn 16) by October 24, 2024.
Break the Goals into Steps:
- Price out the driver’s education program.
- Secure a ride back and forth to school.
- Enroll in driver’s education classes by May 18.
- Get my permit by July 30.
- Schedule license exam/road test
- Attend classes three days per week and take notes.
- Study notes, assignments, and practice tests for two hours each day and pass all tests.
- Practice driving two hours per week with my parents or brother.
- Watch driver’s ed videos on YouTube for 30 minutes daily.
See how the goal is measurable and incorporates a system.
A system is something you incorporate daily/weekly to keep track of your progress. However, if you diligently meet these obligations, the chances of meeting the goal are closer than ever.
Additionally, goals and systems have a level of accountability.
Goal & System Example:
Make sure you’re setting up systems for success. In Philippians, Paul writes about his goal to press toward the prize of the upward call of God in Christ.
Therefore, His goal is measurable because it carries rewards in heaven.
Philippians 3:12-14 NIV says, Not that I have already obtained all this, or have already arrived at my goal, but I press on to take hold of that for which Christ Jesus took hold of me. 13 Brothers and sisters, I do not consider myself yet to have taken hold of it. But one thing I do: Forgetting what is behind and straining toward what is ahead, 14 I press on toward the goal to win the prize for which God has called me heavenward in Christ Jesus.
Paul spoke to the church at Philippi to express why he pressed on toward the goal. Nonetheless, Jesus Christ got a hold of him, and when God gets a hold of us, we are never the same. We have a purpose and a destination ahead. God is going to sanctify us and make us holy through the process.
Philippians 1:5-6 NIV because of your partnership in the gospel from the first day until now, 6 being confident of this, that he who began a good work in you will carry it on to completion until the day of Christ Jesus.
An example of setting up a successful system as a Believer in business or life is always to incorporate:
- Daily Bible reading/study time
- Daily prayer each morning
- Submission and obedience to the leading of the Holy Spirit
Indeed, these can be measured because you can write them on a habit tracker, log and document your time, and have a level of accountability.
I will discuss more on systems as we unpack this segment in the weeks ahead.
As promised, thanks for sticking around to the end. The one goal every Believer should set a target for that you’re guaranteed to meet (if you prioritize it) is to glorify and honor God. So whether you eat or drink or whatever you do, do it all for the glory of God (1 Corinthians 10: 31 NIV ).
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