SCOPE: Planning, Preparation, & Perseverance—
Direction. Opportunity. 100% Commitment.
In my article, Why Success in Anything You Do Depends on Your SCOPE (and Your Failure Too), I introduced the concept of broadening your SCOPE to develop the success habit of completion. Namely, the habits of:
E: Energy, Effort, and Enthusiasm
In S: Self-assuredness and Self-belief we discussed the first step to broaden your SCOPE, and thus transform your failures into success, is to build your faith muscle—your self-assuredness—which you do by:
- Clarifying Your Vision—your “I am”
- Amplifying Your Success Attitude—your “I will”
- Building Your Self-Belief—your “I can”
In C: Courage and Confidence we discussed the second step to broaden your SCOPE, which is to build your belief in your abilities, your outcomes, and your efforts—your confidence—which you do by:
- Identifying Your Worthy Cause—your ‘I am’
- Maintaining and Sustaining Your Persistence—your ‘I will’
- Knowing Your Value (Self-Worth)—your ‘I can’
In O: Other People Thinking, we discussed the third step to broaden your SCOPE, which is to understand the Law of Cause and Effect and have it work in your favour by utilising The Golden Rule—your service to others—because what you do for others will reflect back to you, and this you do by:
- Identifying Your Area of Service—your ‘I am’
- Developing Your Attitude of Service—your ‘I will’
- Adding Value Through Your Service—your ‘I can’
We will discuss the fourth step P: Planning, Preparation, Perseverance in just a moment.
Essentially, as the successful person you want and intend to be, there are 3 main conditions of Planning, Preparation, and Persevereace that you will need to be mindful of and seek to develop:
- Your destination and aims in life—your ‘I am’
- Your attitude toward opportunity—your ‘I will’
- Your desire and commitment toward your goals—your ‘I can’
Developing and maintaining your skills in these areas is essential if your intent is to be more successful and impactful.
Which is why developing your skills of Planning, Preparation, and Perseverance is the fourth step in broadening your SCOPE, and this you do by:
- #1: Setting Your Personal Compass—your ‘I am’
- #2: Consolidating Your Opportunity—your ‘I will’
- #3: Devoting 100% Commitment to Your Dreams—your ‘I can’
Just as you have been using these traits—I am, I will, I can—to broaden your SCOPE so far, they will also help you to build and reinforce the skills of planning, preparation, and perseverance that you will need on your continuing journey of success.
#1: Setting Your Personal Compass – I Am
Your destination and aims in life are like a personal compass you need to set for yourself. In a sense, they are like your True North—they determine the direction you will follow throughout much of the course of your life.
Without setting your direction, which way will you go? Without an internal compass to guide you, how will you know which path to take?
You won’t know, so you’ll end up drifting through life and risk missing out on opportunities because you haven’t planned or prepared for them. Worse, like Derek the Dragonfly, you risk being omitted from the pages of your own history because you failed to make yourself ‘necessary to the story’.
Setting your personal compass means knowing exactly what you want. It means knowing what boxes in life you want to tick before you see your last sunset.
But setting your personal compass and orientating yourself with your True North isn’t all that’s required. Along the way to your intended destination, there are milestones you need to reach, goals you need to accomplish, targets you need to hit. These are the visible markers of your invisible destination.
Just like the 750-mile drive from Denver to Las Vegas. The highway we were on was marked with signposts indicating how far my friend and I had left to go—600 miles, 550 miles, 500 miles—until we finally reached the outskirts of the desert city. They were visible markers of a destination that was a long way over the horizon and out of sight, giving us confidence that we were heading in the right direction and were keeping on track.
Knowing how far we still had to drive meant we could also pace ourselves and take appropriate rest breaks. We could even estimate the time we’d arrive at our destination, assuming we maintained consistent speed and weren’t delayed by any roadworks or breakdowns, or had to detour for any reason.
Not only did each signpost indicate how far we had left to drive, but also, through inference, how far we had come. They were, literally, milestones along our journey. They were goals we needed to reach, targets we need to hit, to reach our destination.
Unfortunately for a lot of us, however, we try to leap forward to our destination and skip all the annoying milestones. We just want to get there. Quickly. Now!
But that’s not how success works. You can’t just beam over and teleport to your destination like Captain Kirk. You can only arrive at your destination one milestone at a time, one goal at a time, in order and in sequence.
Remember, as Earl Nightingale put it, success is a progressive realisation of a worthy ideal. The word ‘progressive’ means you have to move forward, you have to make progress. You have to pass each milestone, reach each goal, hit every target.
In a way, the realisation of your worthy goal is systematic, procedural, and I’d like to show you a tried and tested system that successful people have used, and continue to use, to live the life they want, the way they want, how they want.
First of all, you need to put on your thinking cap and use your imagination. Then, in a deliberately conscious and creative way, you need to do these 3 things:
#1: Define who you want to become.
#2: Determine what you want to achieve.
#3: Design how to do it.
Then do it. Prepare for your success and take action.
In my book, It’s Up To You! Why Most People Fail to Life the Life they Want and How to Change It, I introduced the model of The Diamond Triangle using this 3-step system, which I call The BreakThrough Solution.
It is by no means the only system for success, but it’s got a proven record and, if nothing else, it’s a great framework to use if you’re looking to boost your effectiveness and kickstart your life.
I’ve just mentioned Captain Kirk, so let’s use him as an example of how The BreakThrough Solution works by having an imaginary interview with the legendary character.
Q: Who are you?
A: I’m a hero.
Q: What do you do?
A: I save humans (and aliens) from disaster.
Q: Why do you do it?
A: To make the universe a safer place.
Q: How do you do it?
A: I boldly go where no-one has gone before.
So let’s analyse these answers and see how Captain Kirk can help you set your personal compass and achieve out-of-this-world success.
Defining who you are is the first step in The BreakThrough Solution.
To the question of ‘Who are you?’, Kirk’s answer is not, “I’m the captain of the starship Enterprise.” Which would have been technically correct, but that’s not how he feels about himself. When he looks in the mirror, he sees a hero. He feels he is a hero. There’s passion and emotion and enthusiasm to being Captain Kirk, the hero.
The next step is to determine what you want to do.
For Captain Kirk, besides all the other duties captains of spaceships have to do, he sees his main role and duty as saving humans and aliens from disaster. Which fits perfectly with his vision of himself as a galactic hero.
The third question relates to his purpose and motivation: Why does he do what he does?
Well, it’s to make the universe a safer place, that’s why. It’s his reason for living. It’s what gets him out of his captain’s quarters and onto the bridge of the USS Enterprise every day. It’s his purpose for being. His raison d’etre.
This is his Why? and it helps shape the image he has of himself and it energises and motivates him to do what he wants to do.
This is also the reason your Why? is so vital, because it helps clarify your first two steps of The BreakThrough Solution:
- Defining who you are (your image and vision of what you want to grow into), and
- Determining exactly what it is you want to do and achieve.
Your ‘Who, What, Why’ reinforce and support each other like three sides of a triangle: without one, the triangle collapses.
The final question establishes how you want to go about your day-to-day life. For Captain Kirk, it’s to boldly go where no-one has gone before. He strides forward into the unknown, breaching the horizon at warp speed. Because that’s how heroes do what they need to do.
So the aim of The BreakThrough Solution is to clarify your Who, What, Why, and How so that you can maximise your chances of living the life you want, the way you want, how you want.
Here’s how I’ve personally answered those very same questions:
Q: Who am I?
A: I am a transformologist.
Q: What do I do?
A: I help catalyse people to their full potential.
Q: Why do I do it?
A: So you can find your purpose and become the person you are capable of being.
Q: How do I do it?
A: I help lift the mind fog so you have clarity of the future you want and the confidence to take action toward it.
Now, how would you answer those questions and set your personal compass?
This article is an excerpt from Dr. Scott Zarcinas’ upcoming book, The SCOPE of YOU!
Why Success in Anything You Do Depends on Your SCOPE (and Your Failure Too)