December 31st, 2013 – I told myself I’d read 12 books.
A whole year later, I’d read only 8 books.
So I made the same New Year’s Resolution again and still fell short of the mark another year later.
Two years in a row I failed at the same old resolution.
So on December 31st, 2015 – I told myself that I’m going to forget about making any other resolutions and vowed that I would completely focus on hitting my goal of reading books for the year.
But not 12 this time, but 15.
Why I failed 2 years in a row
I really wanted to read consistently.
I thought that by making a New Year’s Resolution, it’d be enough to read 12 books in the year.
One book a month – doesn’t sound too bad, right?
But this is why I failed two years in a row.
It’s because the goal was to read 12 books.
No specifics on how to do that, no system to carry me towards achieving my long-term goal.
Setting a big goal like that without having a plan on how to do it is setting yourself up for failure.
What’s different this year
So far – I’ve read 12 books this year.
How’d I do it?
What’s different is that I have a system that’s helping me achieve my goal.
And my system is this:
Always read on the train (to and fro university, work, whatever)
Always read when in transit (Eurostar, plane, whatever)
It seems vague but I travel everyday.
And if I can read 10 pages one way and another 10 pages on my way back home – that’s some decent chunk of reading done.
To get even more reading done, I just to fill empty pockets of time by reading an e-book on my phone.
Waiting for the lift, waiting for a meeting, waiting for a friend etc.
That’s my system.
All there is to it.
Goals seem like insurmountable mountains to climb; systems are the baby steps that will actually get you to the top.
What system can you create for yourself to make sure you hit your goals?
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P.S. Thanks for reading.