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!

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