Stop Making Goals And Try Making A Routine Instead

by Allen Gil April 16, 2015

Stop Making Goals And Try Making A Routine Instead

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Alright, no more excuses. Why do you think that beer belly isn't going away? Why have the multiple New Year’s resolution promises gone unkempt year after year after year? Why are you not accomplishing your fitness goals?

Perhaps because setting goals alone simply does NOT work! I know what you're thinking, “But ever since I was a kid I was told to set goals?!?”

From our Parents, to our school teachers and all the mentors in between, you have been force fed a steaming load of B.S. known as Goal Setting. OK, so what is the point of trash talking what seems like pretty sound and rational advice? A better way of accomplishing the things you want to in a given day, week or month, is to not just set goals, but instead follow a SYSTEM! You already have a daily system that unwittingly following; maybe it goes a little something like this:

  • wake up
  • make coffee, get kids ready for school
  • drop off kids, go to work
  • get lunch
  • pick up kids, go home
  • cook dinner
  • get kids ready for bed
  • get some sleep
  • repeat.
That is not just a daily routine; it is so much more than that. That is the current system that you have created through repetition that has ended up becoming the blueprint for your daily life, and it is the reason the scale in the bathroom isn't coming up with the numbers you want.

Set a new system.

Instead of setting an asinine goal like “lose 40 pounds”; set a new system, a modified blueprint of your daily routine that you will now follow. Don’t be afraid to get detailed in your system; get a notebook out and write it down and follow it every day! You don't have to change your whole life just little tweaks here and there, and a devotion to adhering to what you've created is all you need to change your body. Here is was what a System to lose weight ought to look like:
  • Set alarm for 45 minutes earlier. Time to Wake up!
  • Cook a 3 egg white omelette and eat it with a banana & orange. Pack a lunch with Greek Yogurt, Roast Chicken Breast, Broccoli (15min)
  • Exercise Routine jumping jacks (5mins.) Run in place (5 mins.) Sit ups (2 mins) Stretch (3mins) Repeat.
  • Get kids up and to school
  • Go to work; Take the stairs instead of elevator. NO MORE ELEVATORS EVER.
  • Eat pre packed lunch.
  • Pick up Kids
  • Cook dinner ~ Tilapia, Brown Rice,
  • Get kids to bed
  • Exercise Routine jumping jacks (5mins.) Run in place (5 mins.) Sit ups (2 mins) Stretch (3mins) Repeat.
  • Write tomorrow’s system.
  • Go to bed.. (you will sleep like a baby)

That is the SYSTEM that you will now follow, and losing weight will be the side effect that comes from following your new system/routine. You need to learn to love the system, and the benefits that will come from following a healthy routine which after just one month will become so habitual you won’t even distinguish it from your old routine.

You may be thinking that this is all just semantics, and you are right to a degree. The difference is that a System will give you opportunities to trade one big lofty goal that will take months to years in order to get accomplished for multiple smaller goals that will take nearly no time at all to accomplish. Did I wake up 45 mins earlier? Did I do my morning exercise? Did I pack a healthy lunch? Did I take the stairs? Did I eat a healthy dinner? This will give you simple attainable goals that to be honest; if you cannot accomplish, then you don’t deserve to accomplish the big lofty goal.

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Implement the new system.

What do you want for yourself? Whether it’s to lose weight, build muscle, or anything else you dream of; the trick to getting there isn’t setting a goal, but setting….. That’s right…. a SYSTEM. This is something successful people have known about for a long time; setting goals are pointless without a proper routine to accompany it,, and following that system or blueprint of daily activity EVERY SINGLE DAY. I first heard of system vs. goals model from Scott Adams who states:
"A system is something you do on a regular basis that increases your odds of happiness in the long run. If you do something every day, it's a system. If you're waiting to achieve it someday in the future, it's a goal. The system-versus-goals model can be applied to most human endeavors. In the world of dieting, losing twenty pounds is a goal, but eating right is a system. In the exercise realm, running a marathon in under four hours is a goal, but exercising daily is a system. In business, making a million dollars is a goal, but being a serial entrepreneur is a system."

Allen Gil
Allen Gil


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