F.A.S.T. Goals Part IV- Systems

Whether you realize it or not, you already have a system for EVERYTHING you do in your life.

Those systems in your life are leading directly to the results you’ve been getting.

At an early age, we’re taught a very successful system for having healthy teeth.  You put tooth paste on a tooth brush and scrub your teeth for 2-3 minutes making sure you get those hard to reach areas. 

A system is defined as a set of things working together as parts of a mechanism or an interconnected network.  Or stated another way, it is a way of doing things.

Your habits create a system that directly lead to the results you get.

In the first 3 parts of this series, you learned how FAST Goals can make you more successful.  We then spent time discussing how Focus and Action are integral parts of being successful at reaching your goals.

Focus and Action will only take you so far unless you can implement and execute systems that give you the best chance of reaching your goals.

A person who aspires to become a Marine goes to bootcamp.  From the moment they step on the bus, they are taught a system for everything they do from making their bunks to marching to firing a gun.

They have created the most efficient and effective system of transforming people into Marines, the most powerful fighting system in the world. 

The difference between successful and unsuccessful people is they create and execute systems better than anyone else. 

They take out out the emotion of decision making.  By putting thought into their plan ahead of time, all they need to do is focus on taking actions re-evaluating periodically.

The most successful people, the “elite,” they have the ability to remove themselves from the system they use, to objectively evaluate it and then tweak/change it to give them the best chance of success.  They play the odds.

The most productive way to approach this is don’t get married to your way of doing things but rather get married to the idea of executing at a higher level, giving you the best chance for success.

Once you’ve established where you’re at and where you want to go, you need to design a system to get you from Point A to Point B.

The first step is to analyze what you’re currently doing and what results are they providing.

Secondly, make a list of every step that will help you accomplish your goals.

Next, you will have to change your current system, implementing the new system.

As you focus on executing the new system, you will want to track your progress and evaluate your results.

You will no doubt find easier and better way of doing things.

You will then tweak your current system until you can execute your system at a high level and as a result, reach your goals.

Your understanding of creating, implementing and executing systems can then be replicated in EVERY area of your life. 

If you don’t like a result your getting in ANY area of your life, evaluate your system and create a new one.

Be a student and learn from other successful systems.  That’s the beauty of it.  Once you understand them, you can copy the blueprint and use it for everything.

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3 Responses to F.A.S.T. Goals Part IV- Systems

  1. Aric says:

    I have a lot to learn from you. Great posts and I look forward to more.

  2. Mike Barratt says:

    Thanks for the kind words Aric!

  3. Pingback: F.A.S.T. Goals Part V- Time |

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