“Do the homework and the test is easy” – that is the Champion’s Golden Rule. But the problem is that no amount of will, talent or technology will ever overcome the lack of readiness for the execution required to be able to produce a goal. It just isn’t going to happen.
The problem comes because most people don’t do the homework, so they are unprepared to proceed – they don’t think that of course. But then, they stall and they forfeit the goal. It’s tragic because it doesn’t have to happen. The false belief here is that if you try “hard enough” you are going to be able to close the gap between where you are and where you want to go. That’s a great idea and it even sounds right. The thinking usually goes something like this “wherever we are, wherever we are headed there is a space and that space is called the “gap”. It’s a giant void – an empty space. People often think that the way we close the gap is that we dream as big as possible and we have big hairy audacious goals – plural, the more the better! – and we have detailed plans because the more detailed and the more accurate the greater the chance of achieving the goal and then we work hard”er”. We’re positive, we never give up, we sleep less, we spend more money – all with the hope that we will achieve our goal.
Maybe we will, maybe we won’t. It’s not a guarantee of success. In fact, it rarely delivers on its promise even though it sounds like it should. When we look at this idea of the “gap” – in that space is not emptiness. There is a single continuous process that holds a holistic system (1) preparation and (2) performance. The Champion’s Golden Rule – do the homework and the test easy – first prepare, then perform – really fits into this gap. Without the right preparation you won’t perform well.
In this gap there are two sides – preparation and performance. And they each come with their set of requirements.
(1) clarity – the ability to focus;
(2) motive – why are we doing this;
(3) impact – accessing our goals and how is it beneficial;
(4) mindset – do we understand the forces within us and the challenges that we are going to face and (
5) resources – do we the time, energy, team, flight plan, finances – enough to responsibly start.
(6) have a premeditated start system that leads to a specific, measurable outcome to set us up;
(7) the honeymoon – we are getting feedback on how well prepared we really are and we make adjustments;
(8) the daily grind – go from reality to belief that we actually can do this (this is frequently where people quit);
(9) break-out – from belief to unshakeable certainty that we have what is required to achieve our goal and
(10) finish – this is where we don’t make radical changes to our plan – we may refine – but we hold our pace so that we make it 3-steps beyond the finish line.
This is how champions create predictable achievement of their biggest goals.