Are You Setting Systems or Goals?

Ohmygosh can I just say that writing this blog is truly one of my favorite things.


I love giving you the most powerful tools and insights that have surfaced from the amazing conversations with our community and in my coaching practice so that you can create a career of profound purpose and success. Because we want both and we’re unapologetic about it.  


I have some fun news! I got a puppy! Her name is Paloma and she is perfect. I truly don’t know how I could love a human child more than I love this creature.


When we picked her up from Phoenix in 115 degree heat, we were given a binder with a system for crate training and potty training. This system was promised to deliver excellent results for Paloma and for us: a puppy who loves her crate, quickly potty trained, and a great member of our family. Needless to say, I’ve been following the system rigorously and Paloma is doing great.

As a goal oriented person and someone who helps her clients accomplish insane out-of-this-world goals, I know two things to be true:

✔️First, I want good results. Period.
✔️ Second, if I want good results, I need a good system. Period.



Because we don’t rise to the level of our goals, we fall to the level of our systems.


In my coaching practice this week, I found myself saying these exact words to no less than five of my clients. If you want good results, you need good systems.




I’m going to break down 3 Truths about systems thinking and habit change that will revolutionize the way you think about goal setting and attainment. At the end, I’ll guide you through how to translate your big goals into daily systems that will lead to effortless results, so stick around to the end!


Truth 1: I’ll repeat it: You don’t rise to the level of your goals. You fall to the level of your systems.


Oof. I read that in the book Atomic Habits by James Clear and it stopped me in my tracks because it is just so f*ing true.  The outcome you desire comes from the habits you practice. Clear defines a habit as “the small decisions you make and actions you perform every day” and a system is a series of habits that produce an outcome.


Want new outcomes? Change your habits. Want good results? Habitualized good systems. If I want a crate and potty trained dog, I need to follow the system or series of habits that produce that behavior: regular feeding times, taking her out to pee in the same spot, and putting her in her crate for 2.5 hours at a time. If I fall off the system, I should expect my results to suffer too.


Truth 2: Each system is perfectly designed to get the outcome you see.


A system is a series of habits that produce results and behavior. The negative results you are experiencing in your career are the results of the systems, or habits, you’re unconsciously running.


The systems that most commonly keep people stuck in their career are personified in my Success Archetype Quiz:  (You can find out which system you’re running through my quiz here). These “Success systems” or Archetypes that keep people stuck like hiding in your comfort zone, people pleasing, hustling and grinding to burnout, working hard and playing harder. If you want to have a more fulfilling way of working that produces better results, change your systems (your habits). When you take the quiz you’ll get a set of daily habits (a new system) that will generate new results. Definitely take that quiz!


Truth 3: Big results are small actions done consistently.


If you’ve been hanging out here for a while, you’ll know my favorite tool is called turtle steps. Turtle steps are the smallest, next right action that you can take towards a goal that doesn’t feel overwhelming. It’s a step just outside of your comfort zone into your “courage zone” that when taken over time leads to a whole new life.


When you’re trying to figure out what’s next in your career, or trying to experience more joy in your daily life, it’s really the small habits done consistently that lead to this change.


→I stay sober one day at a time. I run my business one email, one brave action, one coaching call at a time.


→ You can improve your spiritual life one meditation session, one podcast, or one intentional choice at a time.


→You can land a new job, one networking coffee, one outreach email, one interview at a time.


Take a goal or result that you’ve looking to achieve in your career. Maybe it’s to launch a side hustle or to negotiate a raise or to buy a house or spend time with your family this summer.


⭐Apply Truth 1: What daily habits and systems need to be in place in order to get these results?


For example, if I want to start a side hustle, then every day I need to carve out one hour of time to work on it. If I want to negotiate a raise, I need to improve my performance to showcase the increased value I’m driving.


⭐Apply Truth 2: What negative consequences am I currently facing that are the result of poor systems and habits? Which of these habits need to be replaced with the habits from point 1?

For example, If I want to buy a house, I have to stop ignoring my financial situation and stop booking summer trips without a budget. If I want to start a side hustle, I’m going to have to stop going to bed late on Saturday nights so that I can wake up early on Sunday to get that extra hour of time where I’m fresh.


⭐Apply Truth 3: Remember to keep your actions small and consistent. It’s really that simple.


I’d looooove to hear from you! What goals are you working towards? What are you manifesting? And what habits do you want to set as a result? Let me be your accountability partner!!! Send me some updates and I’ll cheer you on!