5 Keys to Success


Although we all want to succeed, few really do.  Perhaps this is because they misunderstand how success works. 

Many believe that something as valuable as success may only be achieved if they have done adequate planning.  It’s the concept of “Ready, Aim, Fire!”.

Unfortunately this can be a cause for delay.  The one thing that people put off more than success is planning.  They are so busy aiming, there’s no time to fire.  

The hardest thing to do is to start.  In some ways, starting is more valuable than planning, as at least it gets things moving.  Perhaps, once we are moving toward success there will be more time for planning.

Some believe it’s a case of “Ready, Fire!, Aim, then Fire again!”.  Steve Pavlina says “It’s the ready-fire-aim approach, and surprisingly, it works a lot better than the more common ready-aim-fire approach. The reason is that after you’ve “fired” once, you have some actual data with which to adjust your aim. Too many people get bogged down in planning and thinking and never get to the point of action.”

Tony Robbins in his course “Personal Power” talks about the “5 Keys to Success” that follow this pattern:

1. Know your outcome

First decide what it is you want to achieve (or fire at).   It has been said that the “Road to ‘somewhere’ ends up in the town of Nowhere”.   We need to know where we intend to go.

This is the “Ready” phase.  By knowing your outcome you will achieve mental focus. 

2. Take Action

Fire!  Our initial action will help provide momentum.  Action cures fear.  Fear can hold us back.  Fear isn’t necessarily a bad thing, but action will put fear in it’s proper place as a counsellor instead of a gaoler.

3. Notice the Result

You missed!  That’s ok.  Understand the result and modify your approach.  By paying close attention and adjusting your results you will gain the flexibility required to try again. 

Al Franken says “Mistakes are a part of being human. Appreciate your mistakes for what they are: precious life lessons that can only be learned the hard way. Unless it’s a fatal mistake, which, at least, others can learn from.”

4. Change your Approach

“While one person hesitates because he feels inferior, the other is busy making mistakes and becoming superior.” (Henry C Link)

It has been said that 70% of ideas fail the first time they are tried.  If that’s true, notice why it failed and get ready for next round.  You must change your approach and try again.

5. Find a Role Model

What if you know what you did wrong, but you are are not sure how to do it right?

Harry Truman said “I studied the lives of great men and famous women, and I found that the men and women who got to the top were those who did the jobs they had in hand, with everything they had of energy and enthusiasm and hard work.”

Finding, as role models, people who did what you do really well and imitating their habits and character may assist in making you fit success better.

There are many paths to success, and your path will uniquely be your own.  The “5 Keys to Success” may provide a way of moving down that path more quickly.


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