Looking ahead gives me the opportunity to think about who I want to be and what I want to accomplish in the coming year. My new year categories are:
- Systems I want to develop (related to health, finances, career, etc.)
- Goals (related to family vacations, home improvement projects, health & fitness, business, etc.)
- People I want to spend time with (my children, friends, mentors)
- Areas I want to grow and/or improve in
In doing this exercise, I came across this blog post by James Clear I thought was both interesting and caused me to rethink how I approach the new year and my exercise. According to him, we all have things we want to achieve and setting goals can be a good way for planning your progress but establishing systems will help you actually make progress. What’s the difference between a goal and system? A personal goal of mine for 2022 is to maintain a certain body weight and body fat percentage while getting stronger in a few key lifts. The system is the training program I am developing and nutrition plan I will follow on a daily basis to help me get there. So, if I can focus on the system, the goal will/should take care of itself.