The results we get in life are a product of the systems we put in place.
We are creatures of habit. Whether you know it or not, you are living your life through a number of systems you have consciously put in place or subconsciously allowed to form. From how you wake up to how you approach challenges to how you brush your teeth, a few conscious decisions are made each day on top of large base of routines and habits that run on autopilot unless changed. The quality of these systems largely determines the quality and outcome of our lives.
To lead a proactive life of our own design we need to think about these systems, evaluate them, and change them to get the results we want. If you don’t spend this energy to create the machine through which you experience life, two things will happen: 1) life will impose its systems on you and 2) at the end of your life you will be in a random situation dictated by the all the random directions life has pulled you.
One of the top regrets of the dying is not living their own life. Lack of information is no longer a problem. With the dawn of the Information Age came a time where the extent of our reach exceeds our grasp when it comes to knowledge. This complicates life because the amount of information we have is too great to comprehend. The challenge now is taking that information and distilling it into meaningful chunks that we can connect, understand, and use to improve our lives. This is why systems have never been more important than they are today. The systems you choose will dictate the information you receive, which will determine your path in life.
Ask yourself where in your life have you created systems and where you lack any sort of system at all. Prioritize what is important to you, create a system to help you achieve it, and execute it.