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Success = P x 4

Welcome to the next year everyone!  Is it a “new”, next year for you?  Or, are you still striving to make your fiscal 2014/2015 a success within the next few months?   For my beloved Denver Broncos, they’re still working on making 2014 a successful year.  Is your favorite NFL Team still striving?  Or are they like my beloved Chicago Cubs – “waiting until next year?”

I bet my Denver Broncos are applying the “Success = P x 4” formula.  What is your formula for success in 2015?  Do you have a formula?  See my point?

The Broncos’ formula for success probably looks something like this:

Success = Planning + Preparation + Practice + Performance

How many hours do you think the average NFL coaching staff puts into developing their team’s game plan for each of their 16 regular season games, let alone each of their playoff games?  How many hours have you put into developing your 2015 Success Plan?  See my point?

First Rule of Business:

Having a detailed business plan doesn’t guarantee success, but not having one guarantees failure.  

Unknown Sage

If you imagine an NFL game as something similar to one of our “big presentations” or “big deals”, how many hours do you think Peyton Manning puts into his game preparation?  How many hours did you put into the preparation for your last “big presentation” and/or “big deal”?  Less?  See my point?

Prepare:

It wasn’t raining when Noah built the ark. 

Howard Ruff

If you imagine a prospect’s competitive evaluation process, pitting one vendor against another, as something similar to a competitive NFL game; how many hours do you think the Denver Broncos team practices their game plan and their individual preparation before each competition?  How many hours do you and your teammates practice before facing your prospect’s competitive vendor comparison process?  See my point?

At anything you choose to do, you’ll be as good as the practice, drill, and rehearsal you go through before you actually perform the action. 

Tom Hopkins

And even with their hours and hours of game planning, preparation, and team-practice, what are the odds that the Denver Broncos will have the winning performance in each of their games – regular season, playoffs, or possibly even the Super Bowl?  Just because performance trumps planning, preparation and practice, do you think any professional team would forgo 3 of the P’s and only focus on the 4th P?  Do you?  See my point?

It’s how you show up at the showdown that counts. 

Homer Norton

And beyond business, how many of us write a personal achievement plan each year that balances business with other important elements of our lives?

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If our business and financial success is important enough to write an annual “business plan”; are our family; our personal development; and our lifelong fulfillment dreams any less important?  Do you have a written achievement plan for 2015?  No?  What are you waiting for?  See my point?

ACTION:

Having the world’s best idea will do you no good unless you act on it.  People who want milk shouldn’t sit on a stool in the middle of a field in hopes that a cow will back up to them.

Curtis Grant

Do you know how to write a balanced plan?  If not – ping me.  I’ll send you “How To: Writing My Annual Achievement Plan” templates and paint-by-numbers instructions.

The greatest secret of success in life is for a person to be ready when their opportunity comes.

Benjamin Disraeli

See my point?

GAP

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4 Comments


  1. Ken
    Jan 07, 2015

    Great post !!!

    Very inspirational to start SKO.


    • Gary
      Jan 23, 2015

      Thanks for reading and commenting Ken! Thx, GAP


  2. Bill Foss
    Jan 07, 2015

    Very good post. I’ll bet you were a very successful athlete and now a very successful businessman.


    • Gary
      Jan 23, 2015

      Thanks Coach! If “success” is self-defined, then I’m doing pretty darn good 🙂 Thx, GAP

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