Tips, Tools & Stories from over 35 years of experience and mentorship.

As we studied the lives of some of the most successful people in history, one of the trends that we noticed is that all highly successful people have certain traits in common. We have selected the top three here. These 3 Power Traits are the secret ingredients that ensure that the entire system always works . . . without fail. If fact, we guarantee that by applying this system as prescribed to your lifestyle, you will be able to step into your passion and live there every day, even more healthy, wealthy and wise!

POWER TRAIT #1: BE COACHABLE

Finding competent and compatible mentors is only half the battle. It’s also important to develop your own coachability.

If you’re like most entrepreneurs, you probably want to succeed, but you may resist coaching for reasons that you may not even be aware of. However, you can develop skills and qualities that will prepare you to accept guidance and act on it. Use the following checklist to find the areas you need to work on so you can have successful relationships with your mentors.

Communication Skills:

  • Listen closely. Pay attention to what your mentors have to say. Look for the truth in any message instead of dismissing their perspective or trying to make excuses. Maintain eye contact, when possible and resist any urge to interrupt. On video calls, don’t turn off your camera while part of a conversation.

  • Ask questions. Ensure you understand what your mentors are telling you. Paraphrase their statements in your own words. Clarify any points you’re unsure of and ask for concrete examples.

  • Take your time. Let yourself absorb information fully. Focus on responding thoughtfully rather than quickly. If a situation stirs up strong feelings, give yourself an opportunity to calm down so you can think clearly.

  • Welcome feedback. Ask others for input frequently and graciously. It helps to stay in practice and have multiple viewpoints while you’re working with your coach.

  • Watch your body language. Ensure that your gestures and expressions are friendly and consistent with your words. Your mentors are human. It’s easier for them to fully engage with you when they feel respected and appreciated.

  • Open up. Recognize that there is more than one way to approach the same goals. Consider your mentor’s suggestions even when they’re different from your usual methods.

  • Value learning. Are you excited about adding to your knowledge and stretching your skills? Learning is a mindset that helps you to make better decisions and pivot with more grace. It can also motivate you to persevere through the coaching process.

  • Set goals. While your mentors can help you to reach your goals, you need to be sure that your targets are specific and meaningful for you. Write your goals out and tell others about them so you’ll feel more accountable.

  • Have proper expectations. Do you understand the difference between mentoring and consulting? A consultant is usually hired to fix a specific issue. A mentor works with you to build your strengths so you can achieve the outcomes you desire.

  • Cultivate gratitude. Thank your coaches and mentors for the positive impact they make in your life. Putting their insights into action is also an effective way to show them that they’re making a difference.

  • Be humble. Remember that your mentors (and anyone you meet) have valuable things that they can teach you. Tame your ego so you can create productive relationships and take advantage of rewarding opportunities.

  • Evaluate your progress. Self-examination is an important part of the coaching process. Reflect on the areas that you’ve already covered and what you want to do next. Enjoy discovering more about yourself and your abilities.

Being coachable is about being ready and willing to learn and grow. Unlock your potential so you can achieve greater personal and professional success.

POWER TRAIT #2: BE CONSISTENT

How can you take what you learn from coaching and use it to make positive changes in your lifestyle? Develop a strategy for enhancing your performance and set specific goals for areas where you want to grow. Deliberate practice requires discipline and effort, but it pays off.

While many believe that knowledge is power, knowledge is only powerful when it’s consistently applied. Consistency is one of the most important components of success. The compound effect of small steps forward each day add up to a lot of mileage over time. Are the little things you do each day adding up to something positive? Or is the quality of your life slowly slipping away?

With consistent action over the next 90 days, what could you accomplish? How about 10 or 20 years? What could you accomplish in that time? Five cold calls each day, five days per week equal 1300 sales calls in one year! Five small pieces of chocolate over the same time is roughly 25,000 calories, or the equivalent of about ten pounds of chocolate.

Are your habits getting you closer to your ideal lifestyle or further away?

If you lived today day over and over for the next 10 years, where would you end up? What would your lifestyle look like then? If you overeat a little bit each day, you’d be overweight. If you saved just a small amount of money each day, you’d eventually have a small fortune. If you understand the Rule of 72 and the power of compound interest, you’d probably have a much larger fortune in the same amount of time.

An effective way to predict your success is to examine your average day and project the likely outcome into the future. An hour each night spent practicing the guitar would give different results than spending that same hour watching television. Your teeth aren’t clean because you brushed them for an hour straight. They’re clean because you brushed them for three minutes every day since you’ve had them.

Consider where your daily habits and behaviors are leading you financially, socially, spiritually, and physically. What are the logical conclusions of your daily activities? Realize that many changes in life come slowly. Many success gurus advocate taking massive action to see massive results, but that strategy is difficult to apply and maintain over time.

Consider weight loss. You can’t lose 25 lbs. in a day. (without losing a limb) Like we discussed above, small changes occur to your weight each day. The compound effect of those small, regular changes add up to impressive results. Building a fortune, the perfect body, or a great relationship all take time and consistency.

Consistency requires either habit or discipline, and for some of us, discipline is in short supply. Relying on discipline day after day is a losing battle for many of us. While discipline can grow with effort, having effective habits is more effective and much less painful. Use the discipline that you have to develop your habits.

Learn to act in the moment. The greatest barrier to consistency is the belief that you can postpone an action to another day. Each hour has the power to bring you closer to your goals. Every minute wasted is lost forever. Time is one of your most valuable resources.

“The only real discipline required is the discipline to act right now.”

Have reasonable expectations. When your time frame is unrealistic, it’s more difficult to be consistent. When you ask too much of yourself too soon, it’s just as challenging. Be positive and enthusiastic. Put your focus on regular and consistent improvement. Perfection isn’t required, but it should always be strived for.

Use reminders or triggers in your environment to encourage consistency. Think about the things that you do everyday that could serve as reminders. Getting dressed, starting your car, and turning out the light each night are a few examples. Each night you turn out the light, you could visualize your goals. After getting dressed, you could do some pushups. What triggers can you use in your everyday life to help keep you consistent?

What you do once in a while doesn’t impact your life significantly. It’s what you do consistently that shapes your life. Consistency is a major predictor of success in any endeavor. Develop habits and routines that guarantee success. Consistent behaviors determine your outcomes, so choose behaviors that make sense.

POWER TRAIT #3: NEVER QUIT!

All highly successful people have an uncanny ability to keep going when everyone else would quit. Your success is tied to your ability to keep working after you have the urge to quit. Quitting is a bad habit, and it’s often learned at a young age. Learn how to continue making progress no matter how strong the urge to quit grows.

Consider the reasons you may feel like quitting in the first place:

You may lack energy. A lack of energy is a common reason for quitting a project. Exhaustion can be physical or mental. To help counteract your exhaustion, get a full night of sleep, eat more nutritious food and learn to relax more. Take control over your schedule and streamline your life.

You may lack focus. Too many distractions can result in the desire to quit. Are you trying to accomplish too many other things? Some people can deal with more goals than others. If you feel overwhelmed, narrow your focus to your most important goals. Ultimate Achievers do this every 90-Days.

Maybe It’s not that important to you. Do you have a good enough reason to keep going? Why are you doing this activity in the first place? Remind yourself of why it’s important to keep going. Find a good reason to continue. If you follow our Ultimate Achievement System, you’ll be able to refer back to your Goal Worksheets and your journal or Lifestyle Planner to remember why this is one of the projects that you’re working on right now.

Understand the reasons you feel the desire to quit. It’s natural to want to quit. And most people do. Will you be one of the few that’s able to persevere? It’s just a matter of putting one foot in front of the other until you’re finished. 

Create small successes. Nothing is more motivating than success. Set yourself up for regular success by breaking bigger goals into smaller, benchmark goals that move you forward and build on each other. These baby steps can result in the momentum you need to carry you to the finish line.

Focus on the endpoint. Keep your eye on how great you’ll feel when you’ve your goals. By focusing on the endpoint, you can maintain your motivation more easily. Visualize your ideal endpoint at least daily.

Stay on schedule. Once your motivation begins to wane, it’s easy to lose track of your goal. Other activities seem to take over your schedule and it becomes easier to procrastinate. So, make a schedule that will ensure you stay engaged. Be sure to check in with yourself at least once per week, on the same day each week. This is called the Goal Progression Session or GPS. More on that later. 

Ask yourself how you’ll feel if you allow yourself to quit. Quitting msy feel good in the short-term, but we usually regret it later on. How will you feel in a week, month, or year from today if you let yourself quit?

Learn to keep going, no matter how strong the desire to quit grows. This is the best indicator of your ability to be successful. You will eventually succeed if you can continue moving toward your goal.

Developing Your Vision Statement

Your Legacy
Have you given much thought to what you want to leave behind when you leave this life? How do you want to be remembered? Will your life continue to be a blessing to your loved ones? Will your death be a burden on those you love? Will your contributions to society still be valid ten or twenty years later?  Write a brief description of how you want to be remembered. This will probably change so don’t worry too much about how it comes out. You’ll revisit this later on in your adventure.

Your Personal Vision Statement
What is the point of your life? What is your passion, purpose and mission in life? What legacy do you want to leave to the world to be remembered by? In this section, we will take a closer look at why, how and when to craft your Vision Statement.

Vision is created as a description of your lifestyle when you are living your ideal lifestyle. Your grandest goals and aspirations for the future.  This is the  “What” that goes with your “Why”.  Your “Why” is derived from the core and foundation for your vision, your core value system. Your core values shape your fundamental reason for existence and fuels your purpose and mission in life.

There is a big difference between having a vision statement and becoming truly visionary. The difference lies in creating alignment of all elements of your vision.  Don’t have a clear vision statement yet? No worries. Some great organizations did not have a vision statement when they started out. They usually began with a set of strong personal core values and a relentless drive for progress. 

The company 3M, for instance, has always had a sense of its core values. Sponsoring innovation, protecting the creative individual and solving problems in a way that makes people’s lives better. These defined the organization and gave it a soul. But what really set 3M apart was the ability of its leadership over the years to bring these core values to life and translate them into action. For example, 3M has an internal venture capital fund to support promising new ventures and they encourage a dual career track to allow innovators to remain innovators rather than becoming managers. The company requires divisions to generate a third of their revenues from new products introduced in the past four years. They also allow scientists to spend a portion of their time working on whatever interests them. 3M even grants prestigious awards for innovations and entrepreneurial success.

I don’t know if 3M even has a Vision Statement now, but they have the right elements in alignment. That is what counts. When you apply the Ultimate Achievement System in your life, you will step into your passion and live even more healthy, wealthy and wise.

Through the exercises in this chapter, you will begin to identify your core values and formulate your mission. In the next chapter, you will develop your plan by identifying your unique roles and setting smart goals. The rest of this book is about the specific activities that all highly successful people have in common and how to automate them by making them habits.

What happens if you are not firm in your vision & core values?

Alisa recalls “I was pretty young when I realized that my life was truly meaningless.  I had no vision.  I had no goals.  I felt empty. Then I found gymnastics.  It was at this part in my life when I truly understood what stepping into my passion was all about.  The importance of having vision guided by my core values was burned into my soul.

Gymnastics can wreck you if you are not firm in your vision and core values. I can remember every fall rattling my mind.  Every low score I earned, wrecked my spirit.  The words I said to myself were the most damaging. They killed my belief.  As I failed over and over again, I would get back up each time.  It was in all of the failures that I found my True North.  I began to write down what I wanted (my vision).  I watched tapes of athletes that were getting it done.  What did they have that I didn’t?  They had belief.  They had vision.  

“I remember the first time I truly understood the power of the mind.” 

I was 7 years old and we had just moved into the area.  My mom let me have a break from unpacking and I found myself at the park.  

There was a set of monkey bars that I knew I had to swing on.  I decided to make a bet with myself.  Oddly enough, this was not an unusual conversation in my mind.  My deal was that I had to go back and forth across the bars six times total before I stopped.  As I began my journey across the metal bars in the blazing sun, I didn’t take into consideration the heat of the bars and the friction on my hands from swinging. 

As I passed the third time I felt a pain in my palms I had never felt before.  My hands felt extraordinarily sweaty.  But I told myself that a deal is a deal. Don’t stop.  You must keep your word.  My mind locked in and focused to finish the remainder of the six passes.  

When I had completed the last bar, I remember the feeling of fulfillment.  I kept my word to myself because my mind made me.  That moment of celebration was short lived when I glanced at my hands and realized all the layers of my skin had been removed.  That was the defining moment I learned to always make sure YOU have evaluated all of the pros and cons of making a commitment.”

What is Your Deepest Commitment?

Commitment is doing the thing that you said you would do long after the feeling that we said it in is gone. One of our mentors, Ronnie Doss is an accomplished author, speaker and coach. He told us that what you WANT doesn’t matter. It’s what you’re committed to get this done. Do your results match your intentions? Because if they don’t, you are all talk. When you set the goal, nothing else matters until you cross that finish line. 

As Alisa swung from bar to bar and her hands began to burn, she wanted to let go and make the pain to stop. But her deepest intention was to keep her promise that she had made to herself and finish the task. How many of us would have finished those six passes on the monkey bars? 

How Do You Define Your Values?

Your values are the things that you believe are important. They determine your priorities and they are probably the measure you use to tell if your life is turning out the way you want it to.  Values exist whether you recognize them or not. Life becomes so much easier when you acknowledge your values and when your actions honor them.

Identifying and understanding your values is an important process. Your personal values are a central part of who you are and who you want to be. By becoming more aware of these important factors in your life, you can use them as a guide to make better choices. Every decision that you make is entirely based on your priorities in that moment of decision. When many options seem reasonable, it’s helpful and comforting to know that your value system is your compass, always guiding you in the right direction.

When your actions match your values, life is pretty good.  Life still throws you curves. That’s where growth comes from. But when your actions don’t align with your values things will just feel wrong. This can be a source of real unhappiness. This is why making a conscious effort to identify your values is so important.

As you grow in spirit, your definition of success changes and so do your personal values. This is why you should continuously revisit this chapter at least annually, and especially if you start to feel unbalanced.

Values & Vision Worksheets  >> Click to Download <<

Find yourself a quiet space with no distractions and at least an hour. It’s time to do some writing.  Grab a notebook or download and print the worksheets

Core Values Worksheet
To help you identify your top values, we have included a Core Values Worksheet to get you started. As you scan the values on the list, you may find that most of them have little or no significance to you. Some may not even sound like positive values to you.  But you’re looking for the ones that just jump out and resonate with you, and you feel, “Yes, this value is part of me.”  This list of values is merely a guide. It is lengthy and contains many synonyms but is certainly not exhaustive, so feel free to add unlisted values to your own list as well.

On your first pass, read each core value from the list one at a time. Circle the ones that resonate with you. Next, look through the circled list again and narrow it even more. Narrow your list to 10-15 values. If you have more than this, consider cutting out the values that just barely made your list, or combine multiple values that are nearly identical on a single line, like achievement & accomplishment.

When you get your top 10-15 values, the next step is to prioritize your top values by comparing them to each other. Start with the first two on your list.  Ask yourself, “If I could satisfy only one of these, which would I choose?” It might help to visualize a situation in which you would have to make that choice. Take the higher priority value and compare it with the next on the list. Continue this until you have your top ten values prioritized from 1 to 10.

Understand that this process requires focused time and thought. We recommend doing it with someone you trust, like an accountability partner or focus group. You will get more honest feedback and you can help each other. It may require several discussions over weeks or even months. 

Your values may adjust and develop over time just as you do, so embrace the change. As you grow in spirit, your definition of success changes and so do your personal values. This is why you should continuously revisit this section every 90 days or whenever you start to feel unbalanced.

Life Purpose Reflections
Use the worksheet or use the following questions as writing prompts to continue your look inside and help discover what really makes you tick. Think through the questions and write your thoughts in your journal in detail

  1. What have been your greatest accomplishments?
  2. What have been your greatest moments of efficiency?
  3. What have been your greatest failures?
  4. What have been your greatest moments of inefficiency?
  5. What are any common rules or themes that you can identify?

Perfect Week Exercise

How would you describe a typical day for you? Not a bad day or a good day, just a normal day. When you first wake up, do you have a routine that you do most days? Does your morning consist of similar experiences from day to day. How about the rest of your day. Picture it in your mind. Really, stop reading for a minute, and go through your normal activities in your mind. I’ll wait. . .

Ok, that was pretty easy, right? Now, I want you to imagine your perfect day. A normal, perfect day. As you wake up on your perfect day, what sounds greet you as you begin to come out of your sleep? What smells? As you open your eyes, what do you see? How much time goes by before you get out of bed? Do you jump out of bed with an invigorated energy or do gradually ease out of bed, relaxed and serene? Take some time to visualize in your mind the experiences on a typical perfect day.

Now, what will you do the next day? The day after that? Use your notebook or the Weekly Planner Worksheet to plan out your perfect week. When you have crushed all your goals and you’re living the lifestyle of your dreams, what does that actually look like?

Vision Statement Worksheet

At this point, we recommend talking through your answers and reflections from the previous sections with your mentor or accountability partner. They will help you dig into patterns in your responses. This should be someone who is invested in helping you reach clarity but isn’t over-anchored to one particular outcome. Be sure to capture any takeaways in your notes.

C-3PO Photo Credit: Emmet Abraham https://www.behance.net/EmmetAbraham
C-3PO Photo Credit: https://www.behance.net/EmmetAbraham

As you prepare to write a draft of your Personal Vision Statement, use the C3PO Rule to help you along the way. If you’re a Star Wars fan, this should be an easy one to remember. The C3PO Rule is that your Vision Statement should be:

CLEAR

It should be specific and articulate. Strive to make it easily understood, directive, and action-oriented. Create a clean map for yourself.

CONCISE

While there is no precise length limit, your Vision Statement should be written in as few words as you think are needed. If it gets over a paragraph or two, you could probably be more concise.

COMPELLING

This is a big one. Does your Vision Statement inspire and move you? It must be motivational and far-reaching enough to pull you through difficult and uncertain times. Strive to capture that highest voice with-in you—that

part of you that can see the gift and opportunity that surrounds you.

PRESENT TENSE

This is a subtle but important point. Writing your Vision Statement in the present tense gives it power and immediately holds you to the standard you set for yourself. Minimize the “I will …” or “One day …” lan-guage. Your vision lives in you now. Write it that way. Write “I am …”

OTHERS

Your Vision Statement always has implications beyond yourself. When you change your behavior, you automatically start affecting and leading others differently. Be cognizant of that fact and make thoughtful considerations of how you can better affect others as part of your vision. Including others is a powerful move and, in the long run, can be very rewarding.

Your Turn! Go ahead and take several passes at writing a few versions of a Vision Statement. Free yourself from any pressure to be perfect. Just focus on giving yourself some drafts to react to. When you’re done, take a break and revisit your drafts later.

When you can, take the pieces of each draft that speak most to you and combine into a version that you’ll hold onto. Write it down and tape it somewhere you’ll see it often. Internalize it. And bit by bit, look at your life, work, and/or upcoming decisions through its lens and see what you find.

What’s Your Point?

If you dare, share your Vision Statement that you came up with in the comments below. We’ll start. Scroll down to see our Vision Statements as well as some from other Ultimate Achievers Alliance members.

A story about achieving goals through patience and perseverance.

Being a turtle came with its challenges, but Timothy hardly allowed those to deter him. However, he wondered how he could achieve his most-desired goal yet, which seemed impossible for a turtle. Could he do it?

As part of a family of pets, Timothy the turtle knew that he was loved. Having siblings like Dobermann Danny and Cheshire Chelsea made him very happy.

Despite his contentment, however, Timothy couldn’t help feeling left out. Danny and Chelsea could jump onto the sofa and cuddle with their master, but he couldn’t.

“It’s so easy for Danny and Chelsea to hop onto the sofa with Marie,” Timothy said to himself. “Oh, how I would love to be able to cuddle with her, too!”

Timothy decided at that moment that he would find a way to get himself onto the sofa with Marie. As a turtle, he wasn’t exactly made to climb, but he was committed to making it happen.

Day after day, Timothy tried to climb various surfaces close to the sofa. But the side tables were too slippery, and the wall was too smooth.

Just when he thought he might be out of options, a light bulb switched on in Timothy’s head. “I can climb the sofa!” he exclaimed. “The fibers are loose enough for me to latch on and pull myself up. Brilliant!”

And with that, Timothy started practicing his ascent to the top of the sofa. He spent hours and hours until he was satisfied that his approach was reliable.

That evening, Marie settled on the sofa to watch her favorite TV show. Timothy smiled as he watched Danny and Chelsea hop up next to her, knowing that he was now able to join. In a matter of minutes, he was right next to Marie on the sofa.

“Well, look at you,” said Marie, proud of Timothy. And they all cuddled happily.

Moral of the story: A little creativity and a lot of patience gets you to your goals.

Timothy the Tireless Turtle Self-Reflection

Timothy had a lot in his life to be thankful for, but sometimes he missed out on the simple things. He yearned for the chance to cuddle with Marie on the sofa like his siblings, Danny and Chelsea.

He convinced himself that there had to be a way for him to make his dream a reality.

And with his newfound conviction, Timothy tirelessly searched for ways to get himself to the top of the sofa. He gave each option his best shot until he found one that worked.

When something is deeply important to you, that’s when you find the perseverance to pursue it. Even when the odds are stacked against you, your effort and patience eventually lead you to a solution or way forward.

Giving up is your last resort. It’s very likely that when you persevere with patience, the answers that you seek will find their way to you.

Although sometimes the journey seems burdensome, trust yourself. Believe in your ability to keep pushing through. That’s where strength comes from. Believing that you have what it takes will motivate you.

Whenever you feel tired, take a moment to rest, but always get back up. Each forward step you take brings you closer to your goal. Ignore the fact that the task seems mammoth at the moment. Chip away at it slowly and win.

Self-Reflection Questions:

  1. Where do I find extra energy to remain focused on my goals?
  2. Who do I turn to when I require a little motivation?
  3. What impact does rejection have on my will to keep going?

Abundance surrounds you in many ways. Regardless of your station in life, there are many things that gratify you. What are you thankful for? Take a moment to ponder them.

Consider the ways that having gratitude makes your life better:

  1. You’ll be more enthusiastic. Research shows that when subjects recorded what they were thankful for in a journal on a regular basis, they reported having a larger sense of enthusiasm for their life than those who didn’t write about their gratitude. Acknowledge your gratitude. You’ll be glad you did!
  2. You’ll feel more determined to achieve your goals. When you take notice of the good things you have, you’re more likely to put your nose to the grindstone and keep working for whatever else you desire.
  3. Your level of optimism will soar. According to several studies, those who documented what they were thankful for were much more positive about how their life was going and how it would proceed. Being optimistic will fuel your passion to construct the life you deserve.
  4. Energy levels increase. If you have gratitude, you’ll have more energy to create the life you desire. Being aware of what you’re thankful for galvanizes your efforts to discover all that your life can be.
  5. You’ll pay more attention. Being thankful ensures you’ll be more alert and aware of how your life is going, what you’re doing, and how you can continue to build the life you seek.
  6. Levels of stress drop. As you live a life of gratitude, things that used to stress you out will lose their power. Instead, you’ll be entrenched in the wonderful world you’re living in.
  7. You’ll feel more content with life. Those who consciously have gratitude experience reduced levels of depression.
  8. You’ll exercise more. Those who show a sense of thankfulness had higher reports of exercising more than those who weren’t keeping a gratitude journal.
  9. Providing aid to others will come easier to you. When you notice all the positive things surrounding you, you’ll reach out to help others more often. When your soul is flooded with light and positivity, you’ll feel more like being there for others.
  10. You’ll discover the life you truly want. As unusual as it may sound, the research about gratitude indicates that those who have thankfulness in their hearts are more likely to achieve their goals. As your thankfulness grows, your dream life is built.

Open your eyes to the bounties that grace your world. When you do, you’ll live a more fulfilling life. Allow yourself to feel passion about the color of the fall leaves, the peacefulness of the snow falling, or the beauty of the blue sky. Notice the feel of a warm coat against your skin or the love in your child’s hug. Maybe you’re even grateful for that first cup of morning coffee. Get started today on your own gratitude journal. Write about everything that you’re grateful for. As you begin to give thanks, you’ll find your dreams coming true.


Caution! Be Careful What You Wish For!

Are you ready to unleash your true potential to crush any goal? I imagine life as an epic adventure. A treasure hunt and the notorious big X on your treasure map represents all your goals and aspirations. Craft a description of your dream lifestyle and that can become your Vision Statement. Your Core Values are your guiding compass and this Ultimate Achievement System is your treasure map. It will show you each step along the way. The greatest adventure of your life begins today! 

I once heard Les Brown tell a story. It went something like this. “I was walking down the street and happened to see a man sitting on his porch with his dog, who was whimpering loudly. I asked the man what was wrong with his dog. The man replied that his dog was laying on a nail and it was poking him. When I asked the man why his dog didn’t just move off of the nail, the man just replied “Well, it’s not hurting him bad enough to move.” Ponder this for a moment.

Degrees of Success

Every degree of success has a corresponding activity or mindset that supports it, the cost of success.  From the smallest goal of getting off the nail to stop the pain, to your grandest vision of living your dream lifestyle, there is a cost that must be paid for that success. Each degree of success and its cost is different for each person because we are each unique with different backgrounds, experiences, skills and talents.

If what you desire and the price you are willing to pay for it are not a balanced exchange, you will always fall short. This is not theory and it’s not negotiable. Like Bill Walsh always says “You always pay full price for success and you will always pay in advance.”

It’s important to have proper expectations. You can have anything that you want… kind of! Remember the words of one of our mentors, Ronnie Doss. “It doesn’t matter what you want. What you are committed to is what gets done.” So, technically, you can have anything you are committed to.

This method, distilled from over thirty five years of focused study and practical field experience, has proven to turn any goal into an achievement. It works every single time! This is why we say “Be careful what you wish for.”

The 1-3-5-7-9 Formula 

  • 1 – Start with One Vision
  • 3 – Apply Three Power Traits
  • 5 – to Five Success Habits
  • 7 – Run Seven Days at a time
  • 9 – Reset Every Ninety Days

One Vision 

Start with One Vision. Napoleon Hill calls this your Definite Major Purpose. You have to be very clear in your mind exactly what your dream lifestyle actually looks like. Not only that, but you should be able to articulate it to others as well. Few people take the focused time and energy to really look deep inside themselves and create a Vision Statement to include their Core Values, their Major Roles and Deepest Priorities. We’ll show you our step by step method in the next section.

Three Power Traits

If you apply these traits to the principles and techniques that we teach, we promise that you will be able to turn any goal into an accomplishment. We’ve never seen it not work.

  1. Be Coachable – Great leaders are great followers and the wisest among us have many counselors. Pick your coaches carefully. You’ll need more than one.
  2. Be Consistent – Consistency is key. It creates the habits that automate your most productive activities.
  3. Never Quit – “Nothing in the world can take the place of persistence.

Talent will not; nothing is more common than unsuccessful men with talent

Genius will not; unrewarded genius is almost a proverb.

Education will not; the world is full of educated derelicts.

Persistence and determination alone are omnipotent.

The slogan “PRESS ON” has solved and always will solve the problems of the human race.”     – Calvin Coolidge

Five Success Habits

These are areas of life that all highly successful people are always striving to improve. This is the ACTION part of the system. We’ll show you how we build an Action Plan in the next section.

  1. Daily Personal Growth (Your Mind)
  2. Practice What You Preach (Your Lifestyle)
  3. Sharpen Your Saw (Your Skills)
  4. Mastermind Your Tribe (Your People)
  5. Pay it Forward (Your Heart)

Run Seven Days at a Time

An airplane is off course 90% of the time but miraculously, it still makes it to its final destination. The reason is because the pilot is making frequent course corrections. They have access to vital information from various sources that enable them to know exactly what corrections to make.

Our weekly model works the same way. Every week, we have a Goal Progression Session (GPS). It’s basically a quick check of your flight plan and current course. It gives you the opportunity to make those course corrections. When done consistently, the Weekly GPS will ensure that you are always focused on the most important activities, based on your action plan from reverse engineering your goals. 

90-Day Retreat

The last (and maybe the most important) part of the 1-3-5-7-9 Formula is to reset your plan every 90 days. You can use the specific format that we use to reassess our priorities, goals and action plans. The next section is literally titled The Retreat Format.

The Retreat Format

This is the starting point to apply the Ultimate Achievement System to your own lifestyle. You should try to go away on a small retreat to get out of your normal routine and take a mental break to focus on the tasks at hand. Your tasks are to (1) Identify your current priorities, (2) Set corresponding goals, (3) Reverse engineer them into an action plan for the next 90-Day Cycle. It’s simple when you follow our Retreat Format.

Start with Gratitude

Our Retreat Format begins with a lifestyle review, a reflection back over the last 90 days. You’re looking for WINS to celebrate, new HABITS (good & bad) and LESSONS you learned through failing forward. Use the Lifestyle Review Worksheets in the UA Toolkit or your journal to review your calendar, social posts, journal entries and other resources to document your life.

Periodically reviewing your priorities, skills, activities and habits are imperative to turning your goals into achievements. This is a great way to learn from self analysis. The exercise will help you understand how well you stayed on course during the previous cycle.

This is also a great time to reflect and show gratitude. Not only for the good times. That’s easy. But for the hard times too, and the lessons that come with them. You can probably look back at some of the trials and tribulations from your past and see the lessons you learned through them. The real trick is to discover the lessons in the midst of the challenge . . . and be truly thankful for the experience! When you can do this, everything about life changes. I don’t want to say that everything turns to rainbows and unicorns, but your perspective becomes one of perpetual gratitude.

Values & Vision

Live life by your compass, not your clock. Your Core Values and Vision Statement are your life’s compass. These are some of the most important parts of goal achievement. Living a truly successful life begins by knowing who you are and what makes you tick. 

Being rooted in your values and attached to your personal vision will allow you to adjust your sails as needed according to the winds of change. You will learn from all of life’s challenges and make Frequent Course Corrections as needed. When you do, you will build a sturdy foundation to design your dream lifestyle and a sense of clarity of why it’s important.

Use the worksheets in the UA Toolkit to identify your Core Values. Then reflect on the following questions. They are designed to help you reflect on what matters most to you so that you can hone in on your core values. Spend some dedicated time to fully explore your answers and write them in your journal.

  • Describe moments where you truly come alive.  What’s meaningful about these moments?
  • On your best day, how do you show up? What version of you do you present?
  • Who are the two people you respect and admire most? What you admire about them.
  • What types of situations/moments do you actively dislike?
  • What do you love about your life right now? What do you dislike?

Talk It Over

At this point, we recommend talking through your reflections with someone with a genuine interest and who is invested in helping you reach clarity but isn’t over-anchored to one particular outcome. Be sure to document any takeaways in your journal.

Vision Statement Drafts

We use the C3PO rule to craft our Vision Statements. If you’re a Star Wars fan, this should be an easy one to remember. Your Vision Statement should be

  • CLEAR

It should be specific and articulate. Strive to make it easily understood, directive, and action-oriented.

  • CONCISE

Your Vision Statement should be written in as few words as you think are needed. If it gets over a paragraph or two, you could probably be more concise.

  • COMPELLING

Your Vision Statement must be motivational enough to pull you through difficult times. Strive to capture that highest voice within you—that part of you that can see the gift and opportunity that surrounds you.

  • PRESENT TENSE

This one is important. Writing your Vision Statement in the present tense gives it power and immediately holds you to the standard you set for yourself. Minimize the “I will …” language. Your vision lives in you now. Write “I am …”

  • OTHERS

Your Vision Statement has implications beyond yourself. When you change your behavior, you automatically start affecting your environment differently. Be aware of that and make thoughtful considerations of how your vision can better affect others.

Go ahead and write some drafts of your Vision Statement. Free yourself from any pressure to be perfect. When you’re done, take a break and revisit your drafts later.

Next, take the pieces that speak most to you and combine them into a version that you’ll hold onto. Write it down and tape it somewhere you’ll see it often. Internalize it. And bit by bit, you will begin to make decisions through this lens.

Roles & Goals

A goal that is not written is just a wish. Where many are lost is when they don’t attach their goals to their most important life roles. What different hats do you wear? Some roles are natural roles that we are born into. Roles like sister, son, cousin, etc. Most roles are chosen roles. Usually these are the roles we identify most closely with. When somebody asks you what you do, how do you respond? I’m an Entrepreneur, I’m a Doctor, etc.

My favorite kind or role are aspirational roles. Do you want to be a Best Selling Author or Popular Influencer? How about Philanthropist or Explorer? You get the idea. Use the Workbook in the UA Toolkit to get a deeper understanding of what roles are most important to.

Goal-Storming

This is simply the process of brainstorming a list of everything you have ever wanted to be, do, learn or have. Take time by yourself for this project. Put on some upbeat music that will get you energized. Use the Goalstorm Worksheets in the UA Toolkit and write down every goal that comes to mind. Do not judge what you have written down. It doesn’t matter how big or small or ridiculous or simple they may sound. Also, do not worry about how you are to accomplish any of these goals. We’ll do that soon enough.

Goal Sorting

Give each goal a 1-5 priority rating. How badly do you want it and how quickly do you want it? This is probably the most important way to sort your goals. Next identify each goal with one of your roles. Alternatively, use groups like personal, professional, spiritual, family, etc. to categorize your goals.  If you have a spouse or partner, this is a good time to review and compare your goal lists together. Now establish a realistic but challenging time frame to achieve each goal. How many 90-Day Cycles do you expect each goal to take to accomplish?

Module 4 | Habits of Success

The next step to design your dream lifestyle is to reverse engineer your goals into the daily and weekly activities that will turn them into achievements. You should also anticipate potential obstacles that you may face and plan solutions that you can quickly deploy if needed. Use the Goal Worksheets in the UA Toolkit to break down each goal. Start with the highest priority goal and use a seperate worksheet for each goal. These painstakingly reverse engineered activities are the “highest and best use” of your time.

Your reverse engineered actions will be of two types. Some will be actions to be completed and become accomplishments. The other kind of actions are those you intend to become habits. You only have to force yourself to do something until it becomes a habit. building a habit, effectively automates the action. Imagine having all of your most productive activities automated.

Next, take a look at your list to make sure that each of the Five Success Habits are represented. For example, if you do not have daily personal growth as an activity, add it now. Remember that the most successful people are always on a quest for excellence in these five areas. 

Calendar Blocking

Next,block your activities into your calendar. Be sure to put the “Big Rocks” in your calendar first. Reference Stephen R. Covey’s works for more information, but it basically means prioritizing your list and blocking the time directly in your schedule. It is one of the most effective strategies to really own your time.

Start by adding the events that you don’t have control over but will take time in your day. For example, getting the kids to school or going to a job. Next, block your reverse engineered actions into your calendar. Remember to start with the actions from the highest prioritized goal first, then go on to the next one, etc.

Visualize yourself living the lifestyle your calendar reflects. Block time for everyday activities like showering, sleeping & eating. They take time. Be patient and learn what works best for you. Allow time to learn the skills needed.

Wash. Rinse. Repeat.

You have reverse engineered your most productive activities and blocked them into your calendar, you just need to follow your action plan. Remember to repeat this process every 90 days. Be sure to block your Weekly GPS in your calendar and make sure that you do it with an accountability partner.

Remember to be Coachable, Consistent and Never Quit! Learn to pivot, but never quit! It’s time to step into your passion and live even more healthy, wealthy and wise!