Forget Setting More Goals


Losers have goals. Winners have systems. ~ Tim Ferriss

We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence, then, is not an act, but a habit. ~ Aristotle

The last thing you need is more goals. A lot of talk about going after the next thing for yourself will assuredly come out in this season of goal setting and resolutions. And it’s not necessarily helpful.

Consider scrapping the idea of setting yet another goal and thinking more about the small things you do daily. If you repeatedly do certain things well that align with an outcome you desire, you increase the probabilities that you will have a different reality, one that you desire.

For example, say you want to build a larger tribe. Well, the ingredients for this is to have more thoughts to share, a platform that works for publishing and collaboration and writing with daily rigor. So your daily habits may include a simple list:

  • Read for 20 minutes
  • Capture one big idea
  • Write about that idea on a selected social platform
  • Connect with 5 new people and elaborate on the daily idea
  • Help one person apply the idea

Now, doing this kind of work may take about an hour a day. Doing this daily may mean about 30 hours a month, 365 hours in a year.

Over time, the momentum will build. The key thing is less about the goal of how big of an audience you may attract. The important thing is showing up and not missing a day. You would have a system that you can commit to.

There are no guarantees in life. But you can tilt the odds in your favor. And much of that happens from being consistent and developing a system that continually works for you that you can commit to.

If you stay with your system and habits then you will find efficiencies and what makes sense. How can you not?

Over time, the compounding effects take place from greater ease of not only doing the work but moving the needle on the results. It’s a natural outcome of consistency done well.

So, what simple daily habit can you put in play that will set a direction for you? 

Published by Don Dalrymple

I partner with founders and entrepreneurs in startup businesses. I write and consult on strategy, systems, team building and growing revenue.

2 thoughts on “Forget Setting More Goals

  1. Happy New Year Don!



    Joe Law – Owner/Founder 907.338.1847 • Bright People, Brilliant Design

    “Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things that you didn’t do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover” – Mark Twain


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