Here are three key rules for success, in any endeavour:
- Goals are for suckers.
- Motivation is for suckers.
- Winners have systems.
Goals are for suckers.
Goals are great, right? They give you an aspiration; something to strive for, something to achieve. Sure, they also set you up for failure and disappointment.
If you suffer from mental health problems, like your humble scribbler, failure and disappointment create a negative feedback loop, in which you can spiral into an abyss of despair.
Okay, thanks for that motivational speech, Andrew, you’re just an absolute ray of fucking sunshine, aren’t you.
No. No, I’m not.
Focusing on your goals does the absolute square root of sweet fuck all to get them accomplished, so having them, and focusing on them, is a suckers game.
Because goals depend on motivation, and
Motivation is for suckers.
Motivation is like the key in your car’s ignition. It’s good for unlocking the door, and starting the engine, but it does absolutely nothing to get you to your destination.
Motivation is your New Year’s Resolution.
You start the year all motivated to accomplish (insert goal here), and within a week, maybe two, a month at most, you’ve burned through all your motivation, failed at your goal, and got yourself all disappointed in yourself.
Making it harder to get moving the next time you want to accomplish something.
See how I tied it all in together there? Motivation, goals, failure, disappointment, spiraling down and settling for less?
So if not goals, if not motivation, then what? Systems.