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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.  

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Are you setting explicit goals or implicit goals?

Scott Miker

Years ago I worked for an organization that was trying to increase its revenue with some new, innovative products.  The stated goals were all around driving customers to these new solutions to make money for the company.

But the company seemed like it was doing things that worked against its goal of increasing its customer base and driving more money into the organization.  Many people became convinced that the leadership was deliberately trying to sabotage the organization.    

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The benefits of linear thinking over systems thinking

Scott Miker

I’ve written several articles that detail the benefits of systems thinking over thinking linearly but the truth is that both ways of thinking have benefits.  

While thinking linearly misses some important systematic information and can lead us down a path of failure when problem-solving it does have some advantages.  But if we can utilize the systems thinking mindset and be aware of some potential limitations, we can effectively get the best of both worlds.

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How compensating feedback can derail your effort

Scott Miker

I’m a huge fan of Wayne Dyer.  He was a great author and had a way of explaining things that are difficult to explain.  Yet somehow he made it all make sense.  

When he evaluated the Tao Te Ching in his book Change Your Thoughts, Change Your Life, he took an incredibly wise book and made it understandable.

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Systematic Improvement

Scott Miker

We all have motivators in our life.  We have goals that we want to achieve and we have things that we want to experience.  But too often those drivers give us the desire without the resolute mindset to achieve.  

In fact, early in life I found that the more motivation that I had the quicker it would leave when adversity set in.  I kept thinking it was a problem with how much I wanted it.  But the problem was actually in my approach.

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Ambition or Patience

Scott Miker

The reality is that ambition is helpful, up to a point.  Then it is a combination of patience and ambition which will truly help you succeed.  Burning out too quickly is just as common as waiting without knowing what you are waiting for.  

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Work until it becomes reflexive recall

Scott Miker

Last night, while watching the NFL Monday night pre game show, I heard Hall of Fame quarterback Steve Young say that the Jets’ quarterback needs to “work until it becomes reflexive recall.”  He emphasized that performance on the field was directly related to the ability to strengthen proper habits during practice.  This way, when it comes time...

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