Systems Vs Goals – How to Be Successful in 2014

By Kathy Zucker

I am not a morning person. If you ask my mom or husband what it’s like to live with me, they will groan about how I sleep like a rock. The other day my husband asked our baby, “Where’s Mommy?” and a little pipsqueak voice responded, “Sleeping.” Even my one year old knows that Mommy likes to sleep.

Yet day after day, week after week, I wake up at 5 am and start reading, tweeting and writing. Literally in that order.

So what drives me? What is so earthshatteringly important that it drags me out of bed at the crack of dawn like an Olympic athlete going for gold?

Having a system.

James Clear wrote a fantastic article for Entrepreneur Magazine that sums up the efficacy of systems versus goals. When you have a goal, you can do nothing but fail. When you have a system, you have a regular routine that produces results. Think of it as a series of mini goals. Instead of saying, this year I will lose ten lbs, you say, I will go to the gym every Monday and Friday. And do you know what happens? Come December you take a look back at your weight (or in my case, I make one of my biannual trips to the gym and step on the scale there since I REFUSE to own one) and realize you have lost 20 lbs.

That is actually what happened to me last year. Except for the gym part – instead of hitting the gym twice a week, I resolved to take long walks twice a week.


When you have mini goals, you create a daily sense of accomplishment. And that’s a great way to start – and finish – the new year.

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Kathy_roundKathy Zucker, CEO of Metro Moms Network and Managing Editor of Metro Mom Magazine, mother of three young children and New York Life Keep Good Going Shorty Award winner and judge, writes about juggling career and family in an urban setting. She blogs at MomCondoLiving.com, tweets @KathyZucker, posts pics on Instagram, gets down to business at LinkedIn, cracks jokes on Facebook and gets outdoors on Youtube. Email is Kathy@MetroMoms.Net but the fastest way to get in touch is Twitter or Facebook.


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