I am excited
to have shared my opening blog, “The Four Words Framework to Create Unstoppable
Power, Influence and Success,” with you and your enlightened response to it. I hope the advice provided you with valuable
insights into the power of the framework and what you can expect to learn about
yourself when using them in your daily activities. It is my belief that when an
individual adopts and integrates the four words into everyday use, they are
equipped to overcome the Success TRAPS in life to awaken their realized
potential for lasting fulfillment. I have great confidence that everyone who
decides to do so are able to apply the lessons as they journey forward on a new
or redirected path towards extraordinary greatness.
In this article, “Successfirmations: Think, Reveal, Receive – A Good Try is a
Misdirected Failure before the Race has Started,” you will be introduced to the
“Strategic Power of 24” as a discipline used for developing a positive mental
attitude that becomes essential in your strategy forward. You will also be
challenged to think about a simple rhetorical question about trying. I don't
mean to be overly philosophical with my writing, but Successfirmations is
designed to be a vehicle that transforms a “status quo” mindset into one that
results dynamic outcomes.
Much is made
of the importance of strategy in today's world. A well-crafted,
well-implemented strategy and the best strategic thinkers bear witness to
long-term success. Do you believe that you need to be “more strategic” in your
role as a leader? Do you falter when it comes to connecting your vision with
the demands from your Future Picture (behaviors/actions)? These questions offer
significant thought and must be answered to continue your success on your
reveals how you can change every aspect of your life. You can turn any weakness
or suffering into strength, power, unlimited abundance, health and joy.
Everything is possible, nothing is impossible; all things reveal as extraordinary,
while nothing is seen as ordinary. There are no limits. Whatever you can dream,
you can have when you apply Successfirmations to your daily walk.
offer a mental attitude that admits into the mind thoughts, words and images that
have “connectedness” to personal growth, expansion and success. It is the
mental attitude that exerts significant amounts of energy, all moving in the
same direction and at the same time, to move “good” to “great,” while finding a
voice with favorable results. A positive mind anticipates happiness, joy,
health and a successful outcome in every situation and action it encounters.
Whatever the mind seeks, it finds and whatever it expects, it receives.
leaders on all levels often struggle to move strategy beyond setting direction
on goals and toward an on-going process of transforming and sustaining oneself.
The missing piece is Successfirmations: the enduring success of oneself lies in
the mental attitude and work that provides the vision, direction and the
context for increasing momentum into the Future Picture. Successfirmations is
the driver of positive organizational behaviors that allows people to both
thrive on their own generated value and the opportunities that result from that
value. A strategic mental attitude involves thinking, planning and acting with
insight both strategically and flawlessly. These actions in turn transfer into
habitual behaviors that inspire the necessary leadership actions for any given
scenario. The transfer helps to remove the emotional aspect from the behaviors
when making decisions that are essential. For that reason, Successfirmations is
a method that resembles creative visualization and offers the management of
life's process that encourages people to always want to better their best for
is a subject that I believe more people need to discover, think about the
benefits of and persuade themselves to try. A positive mental attitude and the
power of thought; hence the Strategic Power of 24, is a mighty power that
continues to LeaderShape lives today. This shaping is usually done
subconsciously, but it is possible to make the process a conscious one. Even if
the idea seems strange give it a try, as you have nothing to lose, but only to gain.
Ignore what others might say or think about you, if they discover that you are
changing the way you think in becoming a “shifting individual.” Shifting
individuals remove themselves from the status quo and understand the importance
of looking at life through a new set of lenses. Therefore, Successfirmations is
all about a “shift” that permeates across all life with cause and purpose.
C. S. Lewis
is quoted as saying, “the only people who achieve much are those who want
knowledge so badly that they seek it while the conditions are still favorable.
Favorable conditions never come.” This statement is so right when you think
about how people continue to live their lives waiting for the next quick fix,
success or gain without putting in the real work to actually receive any of it
at all. With that being said, now would be a perfect time for me to reveal the
Strategic Power of 24 that encourages you to think about things from a
different perspective. This is the starting point that begins your shift, but
be warned; if you miss the underlining meaning in the Strategic Power of 24
(there are no typos), your shift will not begin:
1. Achievement; reaching goals and
setting new ones. Master it!
2. Business; the goal is to mine yours
3. Change; shift happens. Deal with it!
4. Character; doing the work when no one
is watching – i did and everyone noticed!
5. Communication; the noise of life
keeps getting louder. Until i learned to contribute!
6. Confidence; believing and doing means
i can. Having a cocky attitude with an ego means u can't!
7. Determination; i figured out how to
measure mine. Have you?
8. Empowerment; knowing and doing is the
right formula. Execute well!
9. Endurance; life is like running a
good race. Are u finishing with finesse?
10. Enthusiasm; creativity colliding with
excitement… i dared to dream; it worked!
11. Greatness; are you willing to make
your best better? Change you!
12. Happiness; nothing better in life is
worth having. How much is yours?
13. Importance; they talk to hear their
own voices. No one is listening!
14. Knowledge; skills r the pursuit of a
competitive nature. i do not compromise for less!
15. Leadership; i believed that i had it
right. Until i learned to be better!
16. Mistakes; a fact of life that
requires an eraser; i carry a BIG eraser!
17. Opportunity; Journey a rotten tree to see the
open field… and potential dynamic of a situation! i did and found it!
18. Psychology; i work to enhance human
well-being and performance in my workplace. And say goodbye to those who won't
19. Sacrifice; life is about pain, sweat
and tears. Laugh a little!
20. Self-empowerment; my collective
effort of self-leadership. It wins my future whenever i put it to work!
21. Success; is ur's headed in the wrong direction? U-turn!
22. Trust; friends r friends when all is
well. My bff is me!
23. Winning; i stopped my mediocrity.
24. Wisdom; a lack of it is like tying
together the legs of a thoroughbred; i cannot gallop!
Strategic Power of 24 illustrates the term “misdirection” in a way that most
people never consider for themselves. Let's for a moment attempt to conduct a
short experiment; in the next minute, I want you to stop reading and try to turn
away from this article for a minute. Remember to note your place. After you've
done so, close your eyes and count to ten (10) before picking up where you left
off. Then, continue from where you let off. Ready, set, go! Now, try to turn
away again. Come on, give it a good try. Did you actually turn away from the
article? If you did, you didn't try; you actually turned away. If you didn't turn
away, it's because you didn't try.
You shouldn't be, but if you're a person like me, you needed to read the “if
you did/didn't” twice to ensure that you read it correctly. Confusion is only a
short misdirection until an explanation follows. Take yourself back to The
Empire Strikes Back movie and the words of Yoda: “Do. Or do not. There is no
point to all of this; Yoda was right! There is no “try in life.” You either do
something or you don't. The word “try” is a misnomer that falls too close to
the term “I can't” and the two are for the undisciplined and unwilling. “Try
and I can't” are for the people who complain when life gets tough or doesn't go
as expected. At best, they communicate an intention, NOT a commitment. With
this point in mind, consider the following statements for yourself:
“I'll try to
be on time today.”
“I'll try to
get back to you later today.”
“I'll try to
make a decision on that, but if I can't, I'll let you know.”
“I'll try to
drop it off for you, but I can't promise that it will happen by 3:00.”
getting my point yet? You either say it will happen and you “do” or you say
that it will not happen and you “don't.” There is no in-between. There are no
gray areas, only black and white; only yes and no without the maybe. What do
you think would happen in your life if you were to extend the “try” concepts to
other areas of your life?
“I'll try to
stop at the red traffic light.”
“I'll try to
do better in school.”
“I'll try to
love my children.”
“I'll try to
get another job.”
“I'll try to
look both ways before crossing the street.”
outcome is important to us, isn't it funny how the word “try” seems to be left
out of the equation? Don't try – make a commitment and get it done! Try, as
simple of a word as it is, presents a success trap or misdirection in your life
– a dangerous event that results disastrous outcomes. Try is only for those
people who are good; the great commit, execute and win! The next time you're
about to say that you'll “try” to do something, reconsider your approach – for
it is the beginning of a jaw dropping failure headed in your direction.
expected outcome is important to you, do not try; MAKE THE COMMITMENT and
EXECUTE! And, when you do, make sure that your execution is both flawless and
strategic to influence your Future Picture.
activity is not important, then why even try in the first place?
you to take advantage of the lessons that lie within Successfirmations: the Four
Words Framework, the Strategic Power of 24 and a Good Try! Understanding fully
the connectedness throughout will allow you to continue to strive to apply the Successfirmations
principles to become a shifting individual. In fact, think of a problem you
have right now and imagine the discovered opportunities that can be realized if
only you were to apply a new set of “adaptive behaviors” – the Four Words
Framework, the Strategic Power of 24 and a Good Try – to deliver the results
you didn't think possible.
This is an
exciting prospect for new self discovery, fulfillment and peace to your life! And,
remember this; overcoming success traps is all about discovering and learning
to use your newly found “adaptive behaviors” to experience real change in your
Thank you for being a good student in our leadership community. I admire your
commitment to leading principle-centered, purpose-driven lives, and I encourage
you to help others on their journey. I look forward to instructing you in the
next article, “The War Room – When Innovation Intersects Strategy.” I wish you
all of life's greatest blessings as you continue on your path of this exciting
part of your journey in life. Thank you for allowing me to be a part of it.