The first president's statement would be just as accurate if we replaced the word “business” with “growth.”
Systems, indeed, are the soul of growth. Here's why:
First, a system demands planning.
Next, a system translates that plan into new activities which integrate into your life.
From then on, a system habitually supports your efforts to routinely accomplish that plan.
Good intentions may get you going, but they won't be enough to keep you growing. They'll never sustain you. That’s why you need good systems in place.
Don't just say, "I need to do a better job of managing my time." Build a system to help you better manage your time.
Don't say, "I'm going to do my best to accomplish my goals." Develop a system that will support you in the achievement of your goals.
System in all things is the soul of growth. Start making them, then they'll make you.