Someone Else's Challenge: Mr. 1500 Update, Resets and Systems

Mr. 1500 finished his homemade Soylent challenge and chronicled the results in this post

He further explores the idea of resets, changes or periods of change that get you out of a rut, such as following a different diet for five days to break your addiction to junk food. He points out that resets happen in the real world, too, such as the stock market reset we saw recently. I suppose almost any period of strife could be considered a reset. Bad habits, tension, a long climb - sometimes a serious change is needed to get back on course. 

Then I laid down in the dog's bed with all the bones and pretended to be dead. (Cats are weird.)

Then I laid down in the dog's bed with all the bones and pretended to be dead. (Cats are weird.)

Many resets fail, of course. Like almost all diets. I've lost almost 30 pounds over the last six months, but I haven't done it by dieting. I've been tracking my calories, but still eating whatever I want. It's a system, to keep track of my calories, not a diet. Losing weight seems to be a side effect of the system, just as keeping track of what you spend usually decreases spending. I hope it works long term. 

I ran across the "systems" idea in Scott Adam's book, "How to Fail at Almost Everything and Still Win Big." He recommends having systems instead of goals. Goals have end points, places where you're finished, but systems go on forever. He has a system for always looking for business opportunities and innovating, and that system has generated a lot of businesses for him, including the Dilbert comics, which were very successful. 

He's had a lot of failures, too. But neither the successes nor the failures mean anything - they're just results of the system. I track what I eat everyday. Some days I am under the calorie goal and other days I'm over, but I'm not worried about the goal. I'm focused on the system. 

Embracing the idea of resets sounds like a good system. Each of these week-long challenges is a reset of sorts, too, as well as a system. Failure here and there doesn't affect the system, and therefore doesn't get me down. 

We all know people who go through life unwilling to consider trying anything new or changing anything they do. People who are unhappy with the way things are, but won't make a change. Maybe there was a point in my life when I didn't want to try anything, too. Maybe you could even classify that as a system - don't try anything new. 

But that's not where I want to be. I want to try new things, keep building systems that work, and welcoming the resets. If nothing else, it keeps the journey interesting. 

PS - Here's an article I found interesting that sort of connects: Reflecting on Failure as a Byproduct of Success