Your systems define your results.
It's one of my favorite sayings. It's simple. It's clear. It is universally true in nearly every aspect of life.
If you don't like the results you're seeing in life, it's because of the systems YOU have set up. I guarantee it.
One of my favorite examples of systems is the game “Mousetrap.” To this day, I have no idea how to play the actual game. All I know how to do is set up the multi-point mousetrap.
Turn the crank. Send the man into the tub. Cage lowers. Mouse is caught.
System. Result. Simple.
Even though it's just a board game, our lives are full of systems bringing us the results we've engineered for ourselves. Here are some examples.
1. Your weight-loss system.
If you're not happy with your weight, your weight-loss system has broken down somewhere. If you want to lose a few pounds but continue to eat the way you've always eaten, your system stays the same. Your system defines your results. If you want to lose weight and aren't doing so on your current system, you need to change it (i.e. but down the Twinkies).
2. Your business system.
I've met people who have been doing things the same way in their business for decades. They complain they work too much, or don't make enough, yet, they continue on in the same system. It doesn't make sense. Instead of hiring people, they insist on doing everything themselves. Instead of revamping their business system to engineer the results they want, they keep doing things the same way. They can't see their own system and their results suffer.
3. Your sleep system.
This is a big one for me. I realized 8 months ago I could choose to stay up late or get up early. I couldn't do both. When I stayed up late, I was always tired the next day, groggy, and mostly irritated. My system was busted. I knew I wanted specific results (a good night's rest), but my system wasn't delivering. Time to change! Now I go to bed early, wake up early, and feel MUCH more rested than I used to.
4. Your money-making system.
This one deserves its own category because not every wants to run their own business. If you're not bringing in the type of income you want, you either need to cut expenses or increase revenue (or both). So many people stick with what they know because it's “comfortable” or “safe.” They never get the income results they want because they're not willing to change their system.
5. Your social media system.
This one hits close to home. I hear from folks ALL the time who want to grow their Twitter following but don't want to put in the work. They don't want to create a system where Twitter followers find THEM, get to know who they are, follow them, and then convert to customers/clients/whatever. So they do what everyone else does and get the same results everyone else gets.
Are you seeing the results you want in your life? Tweet me and tell me ONE system you're going to change!