The word “formula” can often strike fear into people…but don’t worry, there’s no maths involved and the concept is rather simple, yet hugely eye opening (for me it has been anyway…and I hope it will be of value to you too).
I heard it from a good friend of mine and unfortunately we cannot find the original source – but I wanted to talk about the elements, what they mean, and how you can use this in your own future endeavors.
(PASSION + TALENT) x ASSOCIATION x ACTION x FAITH = SUCCESS
Passion – The energy, excitement, love & desire you pour into your project.
Talent – Both the innate (given to us) & the growth (we have the ability to learn).
Association – The people we surround ourselves with on a consistent basis.
Action – The steps and effort you make to move closer to your desired outcome.
Faith – The belief that the efforts you put in will bear fruit in the future.
Success – Achieving what you want in your chosen area.
Do you know what the most amazing part of this is? EVERY SINGLE PART of this is within our control - they can be either learnt, changed or grown in some way. Here’s how…
PASSION – this could be viewed the easiest part of the equation as if you want something, surely you will be passionate about achieving it. This may be true to a certain degree but what I have found is that people don’t get the “WHY” part big enough which hinders their vision.
Ask yourself questions like ‘what does it give you?’, ‘what emotions will you feel after achieving it?’, ‘how will your life be?’, ‘what’s motivating you to do this?” Write it all down and view it often! Getting pictures involved will help massively!
TALENT – obviously the innate part cannot be altered, but people grossly underestimate their ability to grow, develop and learn new things! Look at it this way, if you have big passion with not a great innate ability but an improving growth in your knowledge, this is already an AMAZING foundation to build upon. Identify what skills/knowledge/ability is missing and go obtain it. Also, in some cases, “talent” can mean being able to outsource the stuff you’re not good at to those who are.
ASSOCIATION – as Jim Rohn says, we become the average of the people we spend the most time around. So if you’re constantly surrounded by people who are negative, with no ambition, want to hold you back in the herd, etc etc, this is where you will end up. By surrounding yourself with those who are positive, encouraging, supportive and want to see you succeed, your achievement will soar…as will your confidence and self belief.
ACTION – without continued effort taking action to move forward, your dreams will remain just that! “We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence, then, is not an act, but a habit.” – Aristotle. Get as clear as you can on what needs to be done today, this week, this month, this year – don’t beat yourself up when you get behind…as long as you are progressing, you are winning!
FAITH – perhaps the most difficult part of the equation but is also VERY important. Unlike many other things in life that are more transactional (for example work a job and get paid soon after), going after your dreams requires you to put in a lot of effort in the present in order to receive something back at an unspecified date in the future.
This is why the following are absolutely crucial…
1) Enjoying the journey – “happiness is not a destination, but rather a mode of transport”.
2) Keeping the mindset that you are winning more than you are losing – choose not to view winning as the end point, but rather appreciate every step/mini-win you take towards your end goal.
3) The points mentioned above regarding “association” and “belief”.
Something that makes me feel a bit sad at times is that the majority of people whom quit, don’t realize just how ridiculously close they were to achieving their desired outcome. This just adds to my resolve to spread knowledge, encouragement, positivity and motivation to everyone I come across, in order to help people in any way I can, to become the amazing version of themselves that everyone is 100% capable of.
So let’s make 2016 an incredible year and keep this success formula in mind when choosing how to spend your time.
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