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“Losers have goals. Winners have systems.”
― Scott Adams

 Goals are helpful. Goals help us imagine where we want to be a month from now, a year from now, five years from now. They help us know what to visualize when we practice imagery. But goals will never be reached without effective systems in place.

Scott Adams, creator of the Dilbert cartoon and author of, “How to Fail at Almost Everything and Still Win Big,” discusses the importance of systems over goals when he talks about lifestyle. He is a proponent of having a successful lifestyle even before you actually have “success” in your area of expertise. (Continue Reading Here)

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Comment by Elyssa Smith on July 10, 2014 at 4:59pm

Erin - Thanks for reading!  Man, since really taking this message to heart, I have several systems I use - perhaps fodder for another blog post in the future!  Off the top of my head I would say the system that has been a big contributor to success in business for me is to consistently put my brand forward as a coach and speaker, give free content wherever I can, and then not be afraid to believe in my own value as a partner in change for potential clients.  When I unabashedly talk about how much I LOVE what I do as a coach and speaker, and also give lots of free help to anyone who needs it, then I don't doubt how valuable my knowledge and encouragement are to the people who need it.  My newest coaching client is someone who was just telling me about how she is running her first half marathon and feels likes a total novice with regard to gear, training, nutrition, and confidence.  I started asking her questions and making recommendations and then she hired me on the spot!  I am loving coaching her because we are both enthusiastic about her success and potential for the future.  As I think of more systems that work for me, I'll put them out there for anyone who is interested!

Comment by Erin Robison on July 10, 2014 at 2:28pm

Hey Elyssa - I'm intrigued by your blog. Replacing goals with systems? I'd love to hear about some of the systems you use to create bigger success!

Comment by Elyssa Smith on June 16, 2014 at 4:18pm

Ann – So great that you have figured out that writing it down works for you. I love having things pre-decided like that. Then you don’t have to make the hard decision to be disciplined over and over, it’s already decided! When I coach runners and athletes who are training for a long term event goal, I always break it down in bite-sized pieces in daily workouts. One Day At a Time is my motto! And a lot of “one days” in a row is a great system for success!

Chris - Thanks for the kind words!  Glad you liked it.  That quote gave me quite a hard time when I first read it in his book - I'm a goal-setter since birth!  But I love how it has revolutionized my productivity and effectiveness.  At your prompting, I may very well go further with this concept.  I have a lot of thoughts and experience dealing with it and I love to know that others are interested to hear more!  Thanks for the comment!

Comment by Ann Musico on June 16, 2014 at 12:35pm

I love this advice Elyssa! I am a creature of habit and having systems and routines in place helps me stay on track in all areas.  I especially love what you shared about Scott Adams' fitness routine. I write my meals and schedule my workouts for the week on Sunday and I pretty much get up and just do what I have scheduled for the day! There's something powerful, for me anyway, about having it in writing.

Comment by Chris Conley on June 16, 2014 at 12:03pm

very interesting and well put. I enjoyed your examples and have to say I agree. Great title and quote as well. I've read articles by others who said similar things but not the way you've described. I'll be watching to see if you ever go any deeper on this subject. thanks so much

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