Few things are more distressing to me than to see someone with great talent, a good attitude, a super plan, full commitment, and a great heart, fail unnecessarily because of the mistaken belief that The Gap can be passively closed by working harder.
Early on, mentors came into my life at strategic times who shared with me their secrets on how they became iconic in their disciplines.
They came from all walks of life and disciplines: business, sports, stage, and academia. And, I credit them with every success I’ve ever had in life as they showed me collectively how to become a champion.
DELIBERATE ACTIONS CONSISTENTLY APPLIED
An important observation I made about my mentors was that despite the training and accolades bestowed on their peers, they were always first in line to seize the best opportunities and avoid the worst disasters the moment they showed up. While those more lauded would watch in disbelief.
Their ability to keep producing success after success with surreal predictability despite the conditions surrounding the process couldn’t have been anything other than the purposeful outcome of very deliberate actions consistently applied.
I wasn’t sure what those actions were, but knew it had to be a system that was purposely applied at very specific times as they never seemed to worry about the outcome. Almost as if the successful outcome had already happened before the process even began.
Needless to say, what they had – I wanted, and I was committed to finding out what that was.
A POWERFUL FORCE IN HUMAN ACHIEVEMENT
As I mentioned in my previous post, The Gap is not an empty void. It’s something far more beautiful and powerful than that. It’s a living space. And I mean that quite literally. It’s a heart beating, oxygen breathing, full on living space.
And if you view The Gap as a living space then you’re using what I call the Readiness Model of performance and achievement. The Gap in the Readiness Model is made up of two opposing forces: personal readiness to engage life, and life itself as it unfolds in real-time – moment by moment.
Personal Readiness is composed of your skill set, knowledge, and material resources.
Life Itself includes daily routines, job, school, people, places, things, weather, disasters, politics, and world conditions, and everything else you’re exposed to moment by moment as it arises throughout a day.
As a living space The Gap no long acts like an empty void, but instead it functions as a playing field for your state of readiness. Allowing you to engage life moment by moment in real-time, with live ammo and no timeouts.
THE READINESS MODEL
In a very real sense, the Readiness Model functions like the Waze App and Doppler radar. Waze and Doppler show you live traffic patterns, alternative routes to your destination, and real-time weather patterns.
Sure GPS can show your arrival time at a destination, but it’s a probability prediction based on everything on the trip going right 100% of the time. It completely fails to take into account what’s currently happening on the route to the destination.
Experience shows that it’s more likely that unexpected life events encountered on a trip are what will prevent you from arriving at your destination on time or, worse, ever making it to the destination.
There’s not much anyone can do about unanticipated life circumstances that arise unexpectedly, as that’s life. But you can proactively increase your readiness to successfully engage them to seamlessly carry momentum forward to get to where you want to be in the least time with the least effort.
For example, I recently had a super-tight timeline to do a podcast after an appointment. Rain was in the forecast, so I mapped out an alternative route home if the traffic jammed. My Waze app showed the traffic jam driving home. So, I ditched the GPS, and took my pre-planned alternative route home and did the podcast on time.
By anticipating and being ready for known potential problems you’re able to quickly make adjustments on the fly that allow you to achieve your goals without being blindsided by something preventable.
Without my mentors selflessly showing me their secrets on how they managed The Gap to become iconic, there’s no way I would have discovered the two Gaps Models – one that predictably prevents you from getting to where you want to be (Void Model) and the other that predictably gets you to where you want to be (Readiness Model).
I’d love to hear your thoughts on the Readiness Model.
Please share and explore answers in the comments.