The purpose of setting goals is to win the game. The purpose of building systems is to continue playing the game. True long-term thinking is goal-less thinking. It’s not about any single accomplishment. It is about the cycle of endless refinement and continuous improvement. Ultimately, it is your commitment to the process that will determine your progress.
James Clear, "Atomic Habits", Penguin Random House, October 2019
Again, James Clear talks about end results (goals) vs the proccesses that get you those results (systems).
To truly change, to truly improve and better myself, I need to be committed to the processes, not to what I want to achieve in the end. I think it's important to know what those end results are but my focus should be on how and why I need to get there.
Before, I would simply record what I wanted to achieve. Those were my goals. Most often, those were resolutions I would set on January 1.
Let's say I wanted to lose 20 pounds. That was my goal I would write down.
But....there is no specificity in that goal. There is no "implementation intention" of when and where.
So, I need to be writing down how I'm going to lose 20 pounds. And where. For example, not just eating fruits and veggies, but which fruits and veggies. And not just for breakfast and lunch, but what time. And not just after I wake up or take a break, but where I will eat them. And, the trick is to make fruits and veggies obvious (lying around in plain sight). This will remind me and it will make it easier and more convenient.
Of course, this applies to every endeavor across every aspect of life. Make it obvious.