I’m a big fan of the 7 Habits of Highly Effective People by Stephen Covey, 7 Equities or Wheel of Life from Zig Ziglar, and more recently the 7P’s I heard from Mike Diamond on Project Mindset.
Here are 7 P’s that can be used as a foundational base to achieving more in life:
The art of why is a fascinating idea. For years, I’ve felt emptiness because of not having a true cause or mission in life. Having my daughter, Aaliyah, definitely made things a lot clearer. I want her to know more about me, even when I’m not here and I want to create things that will outlive me.
“A goal is a dream with a deadline.” -Napoleon Hill
Action plans are important when mapping out your goals. A dream written down becomes a goal. A goal broken down into steps becomes a plan. A plan backed by action becomes a reality.
Having true clarity allows you to prioritize. Creating your own manifesto or mission statement makes it clear what your goals are and who you are or want to become. Living by these core values can make things easier to prioritize.
Who are you around? You know how the saying goes. “Show me who your friends are and I’ll show you who you are.” You are the top 5 people you are around most. Take a deep look at who you want to be. It is a choice after all.
Where do you go? Are you surrounded by positivity and happiness? Is your environment filled with successful people and abundance? Audit the locations that you are arriving at routinely. Adjusting your surroundings might be the change you need.
The Chinese bamboo tree is a prime example of perseverance. It is planted, watered, nurtured, soiled, exposed to sunshine with daily care. In the first year, there is no signs of growth. In the second year, still no signs of growth. Then come the third and forth, guess what? Still no signs of change after all of the love and care it’s been given. In the fifth year, boom! This Chinese bamboo tree miraculously grows to 80 feet in just 6 weeks. The same love and care, even with no signs of success or growth, is a testament to what true perseverance can accomplish.
“Dedication, hard work + patience.” -Nipsey Hu$$le
There was a man by the name of R.U. Darby during the gold rush had hired a team, purchased equipment, and drilled away with hopes of striking gold. They dug on and on and on until one day they became impatient and decided to quit and move on. As a failed operation, Darby decided to sell the rest of his equipment to a junk man for a few hundred dollars. This junk man hired a mining engineer and calculated the vein of gold was about three feet from where Darby and his men were digging. The junk man struck gold! The junk man took home millions of dollars in ore from this mine.
Find your purpose. It makes things a lot more meaningful when planning your goals and achieving them. Prioritize what matters most by having a clear manifesto or mission statement with core values. Be around the right people. Be in the right places. We’re all growing our own personal Chinese bamboo trees. We may not see the results we want right away, but persevere and the miracle you’ve been working towards will arrive. Be patient, at the end of the day, we’re all three feet from gold.
Napoleon Hill – Think and Grow Rich