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This One Strategy Will Keep You on the Path to Success Single-mindedly working toward one big goal can actually be counterproductive to your long-term success. Think about systems instead.

By Nina Zipkin

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We all have dreams and goals we want to accomplish. But if we view them in terms of manageable systems as opposed to larger-than-life monoliths, we usually feel better and get a lot more done.

Here are three reasons why:

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1. Happiness. When you're working toward a big milestone, it's common to feel frustrated or overwhelmed. If you start feeling pressured or burdened, focus your energy on the day-to-day instead. Write 10 pages instead of two chapters, or run one mile instead of three.

2. Motivation. After a goal is achieved, you can feel like you don't know where to put your energy next. That leaves in you in danger of falling into a slump. Take away the emphasis on needing immediate results.

3. Expectations. You never know what life will throw at you, so don't worry about things you can't control. Remember that while a goal can set you in a positive direction, it is just one part of a long system of success.

For more advice, check out the video above.

Related: 4 Things I've Learned While Planning a New Business That's a Passion Project

Nina Zipkin

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Staff Writer. Covers leadership, media, technology and culture.

Nina Zipkin is a staff writer at Entrepreneur.com. She frequently covers leadership, media, tech, startups, culture and workplace trends.

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