I hear tons of the supposed experts telling others that they need a strategy, yet very few of them actually have a strategy of their own and even fewer can tell you how to create one for yourself.
The word "strategy" implies planning. What's your plan? Let me ask that differently: what's your plan for your life, for your career growth, for your fulfillment, for your health, for your relationships, for your spirituality, and for your finances?
Do I mean that you need a plan for all these areas? Absolutely! You must plan each category of your life individually and create a collective plan too. This collective plan is really your strategy for success. So how should you proceed?
For each area of your life, brainstorm and write out exactly what you want. Go into excruciating detail. Write out why you must achieve your end result and exactly what you'll lose by not achieving your end result. Next right out quarterly, monthly and weekly benchmarks that must occur to achieve your success.
That's your strategy, or plan for your success. The tactical plan is the actions necessary to make the strategy work. For the tactical pick your top 3 highest value action items for each category of your life that will beat your benchmarks, and execute them every week. Capitalize on Pareto's Principle where 80% of your success will come from the top 20% of highest priority efforts.
Review your strategy every Sunday. Take an hour for yourself, review your professional and personal strategy, celebrate your victories and mitigate your shortcomings. Does this take time? Absolutely! Will this strategy reward you? Thousands and millions of times over. An hour of "you" time is better than anything else you can do. Turn off the tv, the radio and your email and start strategizing.
Passion, Planning and Positioning are absolutely critical to you success. However, without the fourth and final "P", Persistence, you're unlikely to succeed.
Persistence is simple to define, yet it's the hardest to follow through on. Persistence is your ability to never give up no matter what the odds, to persevere through life's challenges and to keep your fire burning deep when everyone around you has a fire extinguisher.
We're surrounded by negativity all day long, people telling you it can't be done, or to just cave in and take it easy. When you listen to the naysayers, and let them into your mind, than can and definitely will kill your dreams. Guard very carefully who and what you let into your mind and your life.
Persistence says I won't quit, I won't give up and I will overcome any obstacle you put in my path no matter what. Surround yourself with those who share this belief and being persistent isn't quite so difficult. When the world is beating you down, beat it back. Who said you have to listen to the garbage. Let the garbage be overtaken by your action and forward movement.
Dig deep and find your passion. When you find it, hold on tightly and nurture its growth. Keep that fire lit inside you and create a plan. Start executing your plan. While you're taking action remember to position yourself strategically, and when you do that remember never ever give up. Be persistent in your actions. The more persistent you are the more likely you will succeed.
And now you know the 4 "P's" to your success.
Is there an area of your life, perhaps a goal you secretly have, or deal you really want to improve or make happen?
Obviously your answer is yes. How will you make it happen, or better yet, what are the steps to your achievement? There are tons of strategies, plans of attack, visualization, etc. out there, so I'm not going to to touch on them.
What I am going to talk about, rather write about here, is one strategy that never gets discussed and yet is absolutely critical to your success. It's so critical in fact, that without it I guarantee you will fail.
I'm talking about the Law of Transferring Faith, or better stated, Transference of Emotion. This is one hugely important factor that you must include. The Law of Transferring Faith, or transference of emotion, says that for any desired outcome you must have such a deep belief that your faith and emotion transfer over and influence deeply the others involved.
Your faith and belief become so strong that it literally oozes from every part of you, so much so that others develop the same level of belief and buy-in that you possess. This is essential whether you're influencing others on a decision or simply yourself.
Until you've transferred that belief, faith and emotion, you'll never have complete buy-in and therefore never get exactly what you're after. The only way you can transfer this belief and emotional certainty is to develop the deep belief inside of you.
This belief is absolutely critical to your success, and frankly the reason most won't talk about it is because they themselves don't possess a deep belief in what they are pushing. There's a lack of congruence. So if you really want this law to work towards your success, make sure you are congruent in what you desire, are after or are selling, and you will massively magnify your success.
Success is Your Obligation
Recently I was flying home from an event in Denver, and had an incredible experience with a fellow passenger. Let's call her Ann, not her real name.
Ann and I both noticed each other sitting at the gate. We were the only two dressed in suits, obviously she had just finished a business deal and I had just finished a training.
We started talking, and I noticed a couple things immediately. Although professionally dressed, Ann's professionalism and A-game stopped there. She reeked of booze and cigarettes and was obviously drunk. Still I wanted to hear why she was celebrating.
Ann just pitched her services to a company and she felt they were going to make a decision soon. I was a bit perplexed why she was celebrating, but apparently it was her normal behavior. Combine her current state with her constant bragging and one-upsmanship, and Ann was a volatile cocktail of disaster. She had completely turned me and everyone around me off.
To make matters worse, Ann spotted a high value prospect and was getting ready to approach him. I was about to stop her from blowing an opportunity when someone else listening and observing her actually intervened and stopped her because of her current state of being.
This begs the question, do you have your A-game on, and shouldn't it be on all the time. While this was an extreme example, the answer is an absolute YES. You never know where opportunity will strike, and who you will impact. So always, always have your A-game on.
Don't be an Ann. Bring your A-game always, and in all ways!