Football is a very popular sport this time of year in America. But behind the game that we might see or hear about are well thought out plans called "game plays" or "game plans". They are the strategies and actions the players have practiced over and over for game day. In life, we consciously and unconsciously practice our "life plans" over and over again. When a stressful day comes (game time) we execute our practiced plans revealing what really guides and directs our lives. There are certain life strategies that can help boost success on our game days!
3 Plans for Success
1. Analyze – Teams analyze past games to see if proper execution of the plans were made and how to improve the plans for better success next time. To successfully arrive at our next levels we must analyze and critique our efforts with a standard higher than what's currently required. The perfect guide to proper analyzes is always the truth. We should make sure that truth is the pivotal part of our plans for success.
Allow truth to be your standard setter. Be alert for it's convicting analysis. Listen to true statements about your current status. See what those who are in your circle are saying that you need to do to improve. Accept all analysis who's motive is to improve your plan.
2. Apply – A team would not want to huddle up, decide on a play and then go out to do something different. That's pointless! Application of information gained is key to our success.
After analyzing your life with truth, take the data and apply it into the proper areas of your life. Success over challenges require "life plans" that reflect updated solutions from the truth. Dale Carnegie said, "Knowledge isn't power until its applied."
3. Accomplish – When we have analyzed and applied the necessary changes, it's still possible to miss the goal. Success happens when continuous progress is made toward the desired goal. Jim Rohn says that "The bridge between our goals and accomplishment is discipline." We can't have success in our lives if we are not disciplined to overcome the distractions in our lives.
Make sure your number one plan is to accomplish your goals. If success is your objective, take time to look at your life closely and line it up with the truth of accomplishment. Remember that, "obstacles are the raw materials of great accomplishments." (Tommy Newberry)
Summary - True success is not a happenstance. Behind true success is usually a great plan that has been guiding and directing to a specific outcome for a good while. So our planning must be precise to achieve a high level of quality with our goals. Continue to implement the 3 A's to build success in your life: Analyze, Apply and Accomplish.