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Improving Systems and Habits

Scott Miker is the author of several books that describe how to use systems and habits to improve.  This free blog provides articles that to help understand the principles related to building systems.  

Who is in charge of your life?

Scott Miker

Our world is complex.  There are many elements of life and the more we explore life the more we tend to discover.

With all of this complexity, many people start to feel that they are simply being manipulated like a pawn on a chessboard.  They feel that there must be someone else in charge. 

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Don’t just run and from your stress and anxiety

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We all have problems.  We all have stress and anxiety at times.  We all experience fear.

While this are just part of a system that also includes pleasure, happiness, relaxation, fulfillment, etc. we all tend to dwell on the negative emotions from time to time. 

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The world is a collection of logical systems

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I used to dwell on all that I viewed was wrong in the world.  I would find fault in everything.  I took on a condescending attitude that said if only the world would just follow my advice; I could fix everything for everyone.

But, obviously, this was a horrible way to go through life.  I didn’t know anything.  I was naïve and oblivious to the real world.  Luckily, I started to slowly realize how wrong I was and I realized it early in my life.   

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Good habits are hard to form but easy to live with

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Habits are a part of everyone’s life.  We are all creatures of habit who follow patterns in our thoughts and behaviors. 

While this may seem obvious, what isn’t obvious is that we have to deliberately design our habits if we want them to move us towards success and happiness. 

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It takes time

Scott Miker

Have you ever set a goal and timeframe and thought that it was a foregone conclusion that you would hit all of your targets right on time but then struggled to even get traction?

I have.  Many times.  In fact, almost every goal I set seems much easier in my initial daydreaming than it really is.  I don’t know exactly why but I feel that success will be certain.

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Do you work the systems in your life?

Scott Miker

Our life is made up of systems.  But most of the time we are so caught up in the daily ups and downs that we never pay attention to these systems. 

Seeing the systems in your life isn’t absolutely necessary.  We don’t have to pay any attention to them at all.  But that doesn’t mean that they aren’t there and aren’t controlling aspects of your life all the time.

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A different take on setbacks

Scott Miker

I love reading success stories and motivational books.  I tend to find the ways that the individual used principles from the systems and habits approach to improvement in order to succeed.

Most of the time there is alignment.  They started small and just kept working and working until they hit a breakthrough; they changed up their routines and didn’t allow themselves to fall back on bad habits, etc.

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Skip the quick fix and just do the work

Scott Miker

Whenever goal-setting and the concept of using systems to succeed comes up, some people automatically assume that we are talking about some quick-fix “system” that instantly solves all of our problems and gives us massive amounts of money and success. 

This is completely the opposite of the systems and habits approach to improvement.  While systems thinking may give us a different perspective on how to improve and will likely shed light on leverage points that can make improvement more likely, it still requires hard work and diligence. 

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This year use your New Year’s resolution to change a small habit

Scott Miker

People like to talk about New Year’s resolutions at the beginning of each year.  They set goals and think about areas of their life that they wish were different.

The logical thing is to set a goal or resolution to change something about you.  Unfortunately the failure rate of New Year’s resolutions is about 80% by February.  What tends to happen is that we just keep falling back to old habits and the motivation fades.

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Learn to start with the small to gain the big

Scott Miker

Adjusting your habits to help you reach your goals can be a great way to succeed but too often people ignore that method to reach for the stars.  “Shoot for the moon so if you miss you will still be among the stars,” they say.

So we start out with enough motivation to fill a house.  We sit on our couch and talk ourselves into a dream and assume we will just breeze past adversity when it shows up.  Why not, we feel the motivation now so we assume we will have it when we need it.

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How do you look at the negative events in your life?

Scott Miker

When something bad happens, what goes through your mind?  Do you start to think about the fairness or unfairness of the situation?  Do you feel like a victim?

Many people, including me at times, have a natural pattern that involves looking for excuses and playing the victim.  It is as if we just need a little negative to suddenly dive into a pity party.

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You already know what to do

Scott Miker

When I talk to people about their goals and aspirations, I often find that feel they just don’t know what to do.  But that isn’t the case.

The more I ask about what it is that they want, they usually state that they should do this or that, but that they just can’t seem to do it enough to see any benefit.  

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Inner scoreboard versus outer scoreboard

Scott Miker

Nick Saban is one of the best coaches in college football.  Many would argue that he has accomplished more than any other coach in history, even though he doesn’t look to be done with coaching any time soon and only seems to get better every year.

With this incredible success, people naturally want to look at what he does and how he thinks in order to reach that extreme level.  One perspective I’ve heard Nick Saban mention in interviews is the inner scoreboard versus the outer scoreboard.

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One day at a time

Scott Miker

This year, in American professional football, the Cleveland Browns have been interesting to watch.  I have lived in Cleveland my whole life so I tend to watch the Browns.  Until this season it has mostly been in agony. 

But this year they look competitive.  They aren’t the best team in the league or even in their division.  But they look competitive and for Browns fans that is a unique position to be in towards the end of the year. 

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From cyclical systems to developmental systems

Scott Miker

The world is filled with systems.  Everything around us is a system.  Our habits and routines are systems.  The way we think and process information are systems. 

We can use this to our advantage by applying systems principles to our personal quest for improvement and success.  We can take the systems approach to improvement to fine-tune our skills, abilities, understanding, etc. to take us towards happiness and success.   

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Take back what you deserve

Scott Miker

Everyone deserves to be happy.  Everyone deserves to be able to be successful too.  Unfortunately, most people make choices that keep them from being happy and successful.  They make decisions that are shortsighted and destructive because they assume they can change later.

The idea of doing something later is elusive.  It seems like it should be easy but each time you are presented with the choice to do the right thing you can push off doing what you know you should and instead fall back the idea of doing it later.

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Start the revolution inside you

Scott Miker

I listen to a lot of reggae music.  The upbeat vibe and positive lyrics tend to uplift my mood.  I also find the musical patterns that are played in reggae music are interesting and unique. 

One of the recurring themes in reggae music is to start a revolution.  They are often speaking about political issues and revolting against oppressive governments that try and strip the rights away from its people. 

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The systems approach to fear

Scott Miker

Fear is something that everyone experiences at some point.  Sometimes fear is good.  It tells us that there might be danger and we should pay attention.

But most of the fears that we feel in our daily lives are misguided.  They are due to a pressure that we put on ourselves that magnifies a potential issue.

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Force and counterforce

Scott Miker

In the systems and habits approach to improvement we work to achieve much with little effort.  Instead of effort and motivation we rely on small changes to key aspects of the systems and habits in our lives.

These changes include changes to our routines, habits, processes, etc.  In systems thinking these are referred to as leverage points because they often hold great ability to change the outcome with minimal input. 

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Look for the pattern

Scott Miker

Patterns in life are important yet often ignored.  They unlock meaning when we might misjudge something as coincidence or happenstance. 

But most people are horrible at spotting patterns.  Since most of society is very event-based and thinking linearly, they miss important nudges that something is wrong.  Instead of seeing the pattern and then making a change, they simply continue to find some scapegoat instead of really searching for the root causes of these events.

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