DAVIDPEDIA - "I honestly think it's better to be a failure in something you love than a success in something you hate." - George Burns
Do you have a proven system that gives you the results you want, every time? Even better, do you have a way to speed up your results and jump to the end? Do you have a success formula you can count on? Read on to learn more about a success system that you can use for the rest of your life to produce exceptional results in all areas of your life.
If we look through the success stories and studies, we find some common themes. By looking at patterns of success, we can identify a reproducible system. Let's call this system the path to success. The Way of Success is a method to improve your success systematically. By making the approach explicit, you can improve and tweak it to get better, faster, and simpler results.
To sum up, The Way of Success is a method for quick results.
One of the most useful things in life is to have an approach to achieving what you want in life. This is where "The Way of Success" comes in. You can use The Way of Success as your recipe for success.
Why the road to success?
The beauty of The Way of Success is that we can take advantage of both the journey and the destination to achieve our success.
If we have a reliable system, we can explore and experience speed and skills more reliably. We can learn at a faster rate. We can benefit from a higher level of success. We can reduce the pain along the way. We also learn how to more effectively avoid dead ends and fruitless paths.
The road to success
Here are the key steps in The Way of Success:
- Step 1. Imagine the future
- Step 2. Define the objectives
- Step 3. Model the best
- Step 4. Draw the possible paths
- Step 5. Identify your tests to pass
- Step 6. Test your results
- Step 7. Modify your approach based on the comments
Step 1. Imagine the future
In this step, imagine how the world will be different when you reach your goals. Ask yourself, "What will success look like?"
This is the most important step. It is about painting an image of the future with sufficient clarity and conviction that it creates a burning desire. Imagine the possibilities and make them come alive. Step into this future and feel what it would be like if you were to get there.
The key result of this step is a living mental model of the future. Your mental model will guide your actions, thoughts, and feelings. The richer your mental model, the easier it will be to become resourceful. Your mind will become creative to find ways to make your vision a reality.
Perhaps the most important reason for clarifying your mental model is to reduce conflict. If your mind, heart, body, and spirit want the same things, then you are all on your side. The last thing you want to fight is yourself. A fractured or conflicting vision will shake up your concentration, your energy, your priorities and make everything you do ten times more difficult. The reverse is also true. When you are all perfectly aligned at the end, you shoot all the cylinders and your mojo helps you get things done. Almost as if by magic.
Step 2. Define the objectives
In this step, you define the goals that will inspire you. Your goals transform your vision into achievable steps and results along the way.
State your goals as clear and simple victories. Keep them simple and to the point. As a suggestion, write down the gains you want in the form of simple unilateral statements. By keeping your goals light, you can easily evolve them as you get a better idea of what success will look like. It’s like a slowly developing image.
Step 3. Model the best
In this step, you will find the best stories, people, and examples from which you can model.
You can start from scratch or start from examples. Using examples, you can "stand on the shoulders of giants" and jump forward. Most importantly, you can use the examples to model and inspire and guide you competently. They will help you avoid dead ends and glass ceilings.
You can always choose to ignore what others have done. But it should be an explicit decision. One of the best ways to accelerate success is to build on the models and practices that work. Success always leaves clues. You can learn from the success of others to set and shape your path to success.
Another key reason for having models, examples and case studies from which you can see if you want what you think you are doing. There is an old saying: "Be careful what you ask for because you might get it." That is true. The grass is not always greener, on the other side of the hill. What might look good at first glance might not be so good when you take a closer look. For example, you may find that lifestyle is not worth it because it conflicts with your values or the way you want to live.
Step 4. Draw the possible paths
In this step, you trace the different paths that you can take.
The key is to identify, understand and explore possible strategies. Aside from inspiration, the models you've found show you the different potential paths you can take to reach your goals.
The key here is to cast a large net before locking onto a particular path. By mapping the different paths, you can compare and contrast the time and effort that the different paths take. You might find that one path takes a week, while another takes a year. You may also find that a particular path requires an extraordinary sacrifice that you are simply not ready to make.
The key here is to find the path that will be most successful based on your goals and constraints while looking for the most effective results. Ultimately, it's all about efficiency. You want a path that works.
Step 5. Identify the pass tests
In this step, you identify tests that help you know when you are on the right track and when you are finished.
Having goals is one thing. The key here is to understand how you will test them. Having a short set of test cases helps you make your success criteria even more explicit. This gives you clarity but also helps you assess your results and continue to shape your actions towards your result.
Step 6. Test your results
In this step, you act. You divide your big goals and big wins into small goals and small wins. The most important thing is to act. Taking action will produce results and, as you produce the results, you will get feedback.
The point behind testing your results is also to find the best paths to follow. As you take action, you may be surprised to see new opportunities, new doors, and new possibilities. Success is often a fluke. As my friend's father said, "Luck is when skill and opportunity come together." By taking action and testing your results, you increase your “luck”.
Step 7. Modify your approach based on the comments
In this step, you modify your approach based on the feedback you get by taking action. This is where your success tests help you see if you are getting close or far from what you want to accomplish.
A very simple cutting question here is: "Is it effective?" If the actions you take are not effective, you return to your role models, find insight, and change your approach.
When you act, you produce results. These results will bring you closer or closer to your goals. They will also leave clues and ideas. You can use these clues and ideas to do more of what works and less of what works or to decide and change the approach together. As obvious as it may seem, the best approach is sometimes to do the opposite of what is not working. You can at least test this as a strategy.
It is also a key step to leverage your mentors. You can share the approaches you have tried and the results you have achieved, and an experienced mentor will help you assess your results and perhaps identify alternative strategies or tactics. One of the best things you can do here is to start asking better questions to help reveal more insightful answers. If you are not getting the results you want, it may be helpful to ask "how" questions about "why" questions. When you ask "how" questions, you engage your brain more ingeniously and that begins to help you find a way.
An example of the path to success
One of my main achievements was creating a book that was downloaded 800,000 times in the first six months. It was an amazing result at the time, and I used The Way of Success to achieve it.
I started with a compelling vision of how the book would change the lives of many practitioners in the field. I identified the goals in terms of the challenges the book would solve and the rewards it would earn. I didn’t care about the rewards if it wasn’t about creating ambitious benchmarks.
I then gathered the best of the best books I could find in this space. I also met several authors to discover their approach to explore possible avenues. Glancing from the balcony, I noticed that the most successful books were more action-oriented, more task-oriented and made it easier to "execute" the advice. I also noticed that the best books had a very simple way to organize and share complex information in a sticky way. A common model of the best books was to have simple headers that made it easy to browse and remove key information from the book.
Using all of these models, I was able to devise a more effective way to create knowledge platforms and write guides to help change the world.
A simple way to think about the path to success
A simple way to think about The Way to Success is - dream, plan, do. The most important point here is to understand what you want to make happen and create a living model of it in your mind. When you can see it in your mind's eyes, you will find it easier to focus on the thoughts, feelings, and actions that bring you closer to your goal.
Mapping your success plan is a great way to see the journey before you start. Although you don't need to know all the points along the way from A to B, you need to have a frame of reference and a way to keep you on track. Your card will be your guide.
To get there, you must act and test your results. The trick is to keep acting and testing your results. If you get closer to your goals, great. If you get further from your goal, change your approach and keep changing your approach until you start to get the results you want. Use your template and maps to guide you. Use your failures and setbacks as feedback. Keep finding the lessons and use them to propel yourself forward. If your approach doesn't work, change it.
The quickest thing you can change in any situation is yourself. If you continue to change your thoughts, feelings, and actions, you will continue to produce different results. Use this information to continue to progress and find your way forward.
May the path to success serve you well and help you achieve the results you want more effectively.