It is the last week of January. How are your New Year’s Resolutions coming?
I read a great article in December that changed my perspective on resolutions. The article, by James Clear, was Forget Setting Goals. Focus on This Instead. He suggests that it is more useful to create a system than a goal.
The article resonated with me. I realized that it was systems, not goals, that worked for me last year. I wanted more energy, more fitness, more fun. Instead of setting a goal around pounds or inches, I created a system of working out at the gym three times a week, and dancing at least three hours each weekend.
I wanted quiet time to think about my direction and plan for my future. I scheduled a silent retreat every month. I got the results I wanted because I set up a system to achieve those results. Plus, I got all kinds of spillover benefits.
BJ Fogg, director of Stanford’s Persuasive Technology Lab, says behavior changes require three things: a trigger, ability, and motivation. If you are not getting the behavior change you desire, one of those three things is lacking.