After years of extensive research into what the world”™s legends of wealth and power have in common, I discovered what I consider The Success Formula of the Masters. It is an impeccable success strategy/pattern of habitual behaviors that invariably turn a dream into reality. Here are the five major keys to realizing your dreams:
1. Put the goal into your future (Strategic Visioning™).
2. Take immediate action.
3. Have enough sensory acuity to know whether you are being effective and enough flexibility to adjust your behavior until you produce the results you want.
4. Utilize everything that occurs to your advantage.
5. Operate from a physiology and psychology of excellence.
Putting goals into the future is an important part of the master strategy utilized by all successful people, whether by Thomas Edison, who created the light bulb; Oprah Winfrey, who created the number one talk show in television history; Rupert Murdoch, who launched News Corporation; or Nelson Mandela, who helped to liberate a nation.
Imaging a specific goal happening is the point at which the person becomes possessed by passion. Being passionate is the number one trait the mega successful share. However, it is a difficult quality to describe; people just know it when they feel it. Passion usually takes over and provides the necessary impetus and fuel for success when you have a purpose that is aligned with your values.
How you write down what you want is very, very important. Make sure your outcomes meet the C.R.E.A.T.E criteria: Clear and concise, Realistic, Ecological, As if now, Timed and toward what you want and End step/evidence procedure.
Take Immediate Action
Despite what some well-meaning people say, attaining exactly what we want in our lives is not only about thinking positively. Once you”™ve set your outcome, you”™ve got to do something about it. Maybe you”™ve heard of the husband lounging on the sofa, who said to his wife, “I”™ll think about digging the garden in a little while. Right now I”™m thinking about painting the screens.” Thinking about painting the screens is still no substitute for painting the screens.
Do something Â”” anything! Thought alone will not create the result you want. Even a well-laid plan is not enough. You have to put feet to your dreams. Take baby steps if you need to, but realize that people with massive wealth are people who take massive action.
Be Effective and Flexible to Produce Results
Have enough awareness and sensory acuity to know whether your actions are effective and have the flexibility to adjust your course until you produce the results you want. Sensory acuity is the ability to assess whether you are getting the results you want.
They say the definition of insanity is to do the same thing over and over again and expect a different result. Sensory acuity is having the awareness to monitor results and make the necessary adjustments so as to fine-tune your actions to ultimately achieve your desired result. You might have to adjust your course slightly as you go, and if you stay on course you will arrive at your destination.
Utilize Everything That Occurs to Your Advantage
Once you have set your goals in place, you will undoubtedly experience what most consider obstacles. They mistakenly interpret them as barriers to reaching those goals. The people who are the most successful in life are masters of utilization. John D. Rockefeller once said, “I always tried to turn every disaster into an opportunity.” The crucial difference between those who live from paycheck to paycheck and those who hop from vacation resort to vacation resort is their interpretation of and response to obstacles.
The moment we set a goal, we create our own obstacles. Think about it. Before we decide on a goal, there are no obstacles to its accomplishment. Say you wanted to attend a success seminar. Once you have set the goal, you might find that there are some obstacles that arise. You might say, “I don”™t have the money,” or “I have other obligations on those dates”. Neither of these considerations were relevant until you created the goal to come to the seminar. Your other obligations might already have been relevant to you, but only became an obstacle when the possibility of a conflict arose because you wanted to come to the seminar.
The easiest way to avoid obstacles is to have no goals. That is why many people don”™t even bother setting goals in the first place; they don”™t want to deal with the obstacles to a goal”™s accomplishment. The moment we set a goal, the moment we choose the direction, the obstacles become real.
Every time you run into an obstacle in the future, you will understand that the very fact you hit the obstacle means you are on course to your goal. Then all you need to do is find a way to use that obstacle to your advantage. Have enough behavioral flexibility to think about your situation differently. You might need to take a detour to get around the obstacle, but often these detours are necessary to the journey. So persist. Obstacles are just life”™s tests to see how badly you want the goal in the first place!
Operate From a Physiology and Psychology of Excellence
Physiology is important because you must hold yourself in a way that is congruent to your vision. Your physiology must match your statement. You couldn”™t, for example, meekly suggest that a new product you developed is going to change the planet. You have to stand up for what you believe in and put yourself on the line to achieve it. The psychology of excellence is also very important, and again it”™s about being congruent with your vision and being confident enough to stand up for what you believe in to make it happen.
Keeping an Eye on the Big Picture
One of the most important things I have learned is to keep moving confidently forward toward my long-term vision, no matter what happens, and to be kind to myself along the way. Remember that most people overestimate what they can accomplish in one year”™s time and underestimate what they can accomplish in a lifetime. Keep your eye on the big picture and your long-term vision, no matter what.
The people who succeed in life realize that there is no such thing as failure. Take everything as feedback, because feedback is the breakfast of champions. Maintain the congruence of your physiology and psychology of excellence knowing your own success is inevitable. It will get you everywhere.