ACCOMPLISHMENT AND ITS COMPONENTS
by Lawrence Wilson, MD
© January 2012, The Center For Development, Inc.
Lasting accomplishment involves at least three basic components or aspects. One may view these like the legs of a triangle that give strength and structure to any project or goal you may have. The project could be buying or even building a home, beginning a relationship, starting a company, inventing a new product, writing a book, or anything else.
Also, success in the world involves doing thing differently than other people do them. After the 3 components of success I have listed 12 things that successful people do differently from others.
1. COMPASSION OR LOVE
This is also called deep caring and a real love of people, of progress toward greater truth and freedom, and toward greater movement spiritually toward God or toward helping people achieve their full potential as human souls. All of this is part of compassion, as understood in the context of this article.
2. FORCE OR POWER
This is over oneself, first of all. It means knowing and doing what needs to be done to overcome one’s lower desires, such as laziness, too much interest in sex, money or power, or other lower impulses that would slow you down or stop you. It also means knowing how to pace yourself, how to nourish yourself to stay healthy, how to care for the body and mind in every way, in fact, to keep yourself going in a reasonable, healthful and active way that serves your project.
It also implies power over or with others. To a large degree, this is actually an extension of the paragraph just above. As you learn how to handle or manage yourself, you will be better at managing others. A successful project manager must know, for example, how to speak appropriately with others, how to employ others, how to motivate others to a degree, at least, how to impress and teach others, and how to discipline and others who do not cooperate. One also needs to know how to come into rapport with others, use others beneficially, etc. It does not mean you will exploit others, manipulate others, or harm others at all. Instead, it is about managing people, who are often one’s greatest resource.
It also means staying power, consistency, persistence, constancy, and a sort of good humor or attitude of joy about your project. This is critical when the going gets tough.
It also means knowing how to be smart, street smart, clever with words and actions, savvy in business, efficient, and if necessary, even cunning and lying if needed to promote or at least keep alive your ideas and plans. This is a fine line, but, at times, one must defend one’s actions against false authorities and others who would destroy your projects if you tell the whole truth, which is what they are counting upon. So you counter their arguments in ways that confound them.
For example, Jesus of Nazareth did this when he was confronted by the authorities in the temple in Jerusalem shortly before his death. He did not lie, exactly, but neither did he tell the entire truth, for this would have caused more problems, so in this sense he did commit a lie of omission. I do not hold this against him, by the way, because he was defending a cause against unfair and loaded odds, so to speak, and he did what he did to keep the project going. This is a wonderful example of what is meant by power over oneself and power over others, by extension.
3. COMPETENCE OR KNOWLEDGE
This includes technical know-how, how to do things correctly and well, engineering skills where needed, and efficiency in accomplishing and making things. This saves time, energy and money or resources.
Accomplishment always requires know-how – often lots of it. The difference between the most successful entrepreneurs and those who do not succeed is often a difference in knowledge or technology. All may be loving and caring equally, and equally in control of themselves and others, and when this occurs the one with the best technology will always succeed against the others. It even applies in wars and conflicts.
Never forget the importance of technology and know-how. The other two qualities described above are actually easier to find than this one in too many cases. If you have a wonderful technology, know that you have about half the battle won. It is now just a matter of learning how to apply and having the drive or power to push it along and stay with it.
These are the three basic elements needed for success in accomplishing anything on planet earth at this time.
YIN AND YANG METHODS OF ACTION
Along with the above, one can use means of action that are either more yin or more yang. This distinction may seem arbitrary, and it is to a degree, but it can be very helpful. It means you can push or pull, you can draw out or you can push things down. It means you can be and act very humble, or you can broadcast your intentions loudly, for example, and even brag a little. These are examples of yin and yang methods or means of acting in the world.
Other examples are that you can persuade or you can force issues. You can entice, cajole and encourage, or you can come down hard and fast. You can run with an idea, or you can let is grow organically, slowly and surely. These are just examples of ways of thinking and acting that can be used in opposition and in conjunction with each other to further your causes. All smart people understand this and use this method of deciding how to move ahead with projects that are worthwhile and need to be done, but are difficult to accomplish due to resistance of various types.
TWELVE THINGS SUCCESSFUL PEOPLE DO DIFFERENTLY FROM OTHERS (this first appeared in Dr. Mercola’s newsletter.)
1. Create and pursue S.M.A.R.T. goals -- S.M.A.R.T. goals are Specific, Measurable, Attainable, Relevant, and Timely
2. Take decisive and immediate action – Knowledge and intelligence are both useless without action.
3. Focus on being productive, not being busy – In other words, work smarter, not harder.
4. Make logical, informed decisions – Think things through before making life-changing decisions.
5. Avoid trying to make things perfect – The only way to get things done is to be imperfect 99% of the time.
6. Work outside of your comfort zone – Embrace all moments of opportunity for personal growth and success.
7. Keep things simple – Rather than evaluating every last detail of every possible option, choose something you think will work and give it a shot.
8. Focus on making small, continuous improvements – Soon you'll find yourself on a spiral of changes – one building on the other.
9. Measure and track your progress – Step back and assess your progress regularly so you know what needs to be done to excel and accelerate.
10. Maintain a positive outlook as you learn from your mistakes – Look for the silver lining in every situation.
11. Spend time with helpful people – This seems simple, but it can be very important to figure out who in your life is really helping you, and who is not.
12. Maintain balance in your life – An imbalanced lifestyle will hold you back from reaching your full potential.