In the last few days I have been doing my usual process of reflecting on the year gone by and planning for the year ahead. I have been doing it for years.I have had my successes and failures over the years, but to be honest, I don’t think I have EVER achieved a goal I have set, in the way that I wrote it down or visualised it. Man plans and God laughs, so the Yiddish saying goes.

This year my slant is more of a spiritual one; allowing for the surprising, the unpredictable and the unknown, and less of the formalised goal setting, which I am becoming quite tired of, mostly because it doesn’t seem to work, despite ‘conventional’ wisdom. That said, I am a big believer in the notion of, trust in God, but remember to tie your camel. There is work to be done of course. 

A couple of weeks ago, I overheard a conversation between two people, one saying to the other, “you shouldn’t set goals, you should focus on systems.” He said he had been reading a booked called Atomic Habits. As a pretty avid goal-setter over the years – I was intrigued. I made a note to ask him but the moment passed, until now.

Here I am then at the beginning of the year again, and it’s time to plan my goals and write this blog post and, hey presto! I was just reminded of his comment. I Googled that very phrase and came up with this great article by James Clear, who  is the author, it turns out, of Atomic Habits. The article that came up in the search is, “Forget About Setting Goals. Focus on This Instead.” It’s a brilliant article and speaks into the power of focusing on systems, rather than goals. And, the system of goal setting is important, he adds.

I am excited. I hope you are too after reading this article.