I’m reading a book by Scott Adams (author of the comic strip Dilbert) called How to fail at everything and still win big.
He has a take on succeeding that makes sense to me. In chapter 6, Goals vs Systems, he details how people who are goal orientated often fail due to the fact that once they reach their goal, their mission is over. And also, that repeated failures to reach a goal, which as he details in his experience, being a fairly constant factor in our economy, leaves that person in a perpetual state of failure. That state wears at people and often causes them to drop out of the game.
People, who are systems oriented, base their success on what they do on a regular basis and modify that activity to steer themselves in the direction they want. And by refining that system by applying the lessons learned along the way, earn their success.
In the world of dieting, losing twenty pounds is a goal, but eating right is a system.
A spectacular system beats passion, every time.