Goals Vs. Habits

by | Jul 16, 2021

Don’t most of us want the best way to achieve what we want in life?  

Getting into better shape, building a successful business, relaxing more and worrying less, spending more time with friends and family— to do so requires us to set specific, actionable goals.

For many years, this was how I approached my habits, too. Each one was a goal to be reached. I still set goals. I want to get into better shape. I want to grow my income.  I want to build my companies.  I want to reach certain goals within certain time frames.  Eventually, I began to realize that my results had very little to do with the goals I set and nearly everything to do with the systems I followed.

If we want progress in the gym 1-2 times per week may manifest a little result but not the same impact as 5-6 days. 

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.

A healthy habit is any behavior or activity that is beneficial for your physical, mental emotional wellness. They may include things like good nutrition, Keto, exercise, self-care routine, managing stress, reading. 

A habit is more of an automatic response than a goal you set out to achieve, which forces you to think about and work toward it. A habit is something ingrained in you and your routine, that you do it without much thought.

Without a clear target each day, you may wander and use your time less productively. When you establish clear goals, you will know what you need to do and how you need to do it.

About the Author:

Laura H. Stover, RFC®

Investment Advisor Representative,
Entrepreneur & Speaker

Founder of LS Wealth Management LLC℠, Laura is also a founding member of  LS Tax LLC, a consulting and tax planning firm. Laura has become a well-known financial go-to resource for national media outlets. She’s been featured in and recognized by industry magazines such as the Register and the International Association of Registered Financial Consultants.

She has been a guest contributor for CNBC, FOX Business, US News and World Report, and The Wall Street Journal.

Laura also co-authored Successonomics™ with Forbe’s Editor-in Chief, Steve Forbes.

Laura hosts The Retirement Talk Podcast Redefining Wealth Show.

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