Last month, in “How Well Are You Prepared for Success?” we explored the importance of creating habits necessary for success before actually needing them. Now examine the specific steps you are taking to align and attract your desired success. Are you acting a certain way because of the majority or are you strategic about your steps based on the outcome you desire?
The latter is the approach of successful people. There are a few phrases that are common jargon in the realm of this concept. Success leaves clues. Think outside the box. What does think outside the box mean anyway? How can you think outside the box until you recognize you’re IN the box? Once you do, what can you do to think outside the box from within the box? Since we aren’t literally “in the box” applying this metaphor is a challenge for many.
Many, if not all of us have heard the quickest route between two points is a straight line or the direct route. The two points here are where you are and where you want to be (your success). And what is meant by a straight line? When it comes to success this may not be as automatic as one might believe.
Many people believe the direct route is based on what the majority think, say, or do. The question isn’t solely about what the majority are doing; rather how many are achieving the desired outcome.
Remember The Karate Kid? The first movie the kid learns karate by painting a fence and “wax on, wax off”. In the remake, “jacket on, jacket off, hang up jacket”. The approach was totally different than the kid expected to learn karate.
Any football fans out there? Agility is an essential skill for football players, especially wide receivers. In a recent game I saw a phenomenal catch made along the sideline. The player snags the ball planting one foot a smidgeon from the sideline and dragging the second foot. Then to ensure he shows possession, he appears to “freeze” as he cradles the ball while poised on the toes of both feet as he falls out of bounds. This remarkable catch occurs in fractions of a second. One might think achievement of the desired outcome; in this case a completed pass; was simply due to practicing catching balls along the sideline and having to stay in bounds. The ability however also included practice from a variety of drills such as running in and out of tire tubes quickly and sometimes ballet lessons.
One of the keys in both cases is a willingness to doing something that on the surface may seem totally unrelated to target. The steps necessary to improve may cause a head scratching response. Yet new achievements are only attained by heightening one’s awareness and expanding skill sets.
Job seekers are often busy networking, applying for positions and talking to recruiters; all beneficial actions to securing a position. However, when there’s a specific area that needs tending to or improving, those steps can be negated by ignoring what is beckoning our attention. For example, maybe your interviewing skills need improving. Unless you dedicate and commit to improving in that area, all the networking isn’t going to help until you take a step back and hone that area. What about role playing to be a better interviewer? Utilize what’s available and form a mastermind group with other job seekers. This format allows support and accountability to each participant staying on track to claimed desired outcomes. Securing employment is more than a numbers game; it’s an inside out process. In other words, it is essential to solidify foundational pieces before taking culminating steps such as employment. Otherwise, precious time and opportunities continually pass you by that you are unable to capitalize on.
What area of your life would you like to create greater success? What preliminary steps are you avoiding that are critical to you moving forward in that area? Remember the slogan, “putting the cart before the . . .”? Think outside the box, look at the real numbers. Consider what people who are achieving the same outcomes you have as goals are doing. Good chance it’ll seem illogical or be amongst the minority. Beware of excuses such as, “they have money, talent, etc, I don’t.” How would someone who is achieving those outcomes respond to that challenge? Your answer comes right back to What Are You Doing to Align and Attract Your Desired Success?