During the last nine years, I’ve immersed myself in studying human behavior, psychology, success, neuroscience and everything in between. I’ve been blessed to spend thousands of hours with inspiring mentors and coaches including Dr. John Demartini, Tony Robbins and countless successful entrepreneurs, visionaries, athletes and spiritual teachers. I’ve also interviewed hundreds of people on my podcast, Resist Average Academy , where we dig deep into what makes people tick and how they got to where they are today.

In this post, I’ll share the three C’s of Success that I’ve found transcend all niches and industries, a common pattern I noticed time and time again.

Clarity

Grab the average person off the street and ask them what they’re doing with their life and what their vision for the next year is.

Most will be able to tell you what they don’t want, including:

  • I don’t want to be at the same job.
  • I don’t want to stress about finances.
  • I don’t want to keep gaining weight.

However, few will be able to paint you a picture of the future that is both vivid, specific and that strikes an emotional chord.

Clarity, then, becomes the first pillar of success.

Once you can answer the one-year vision question in a specific, powerful way that engages you emotionally,  you’re on the right track to move to the second pillar.

Consistency

You’ve got your one year vision and are declaring it over and over. You know what you want, and it’d be a huge stretch for you to achieve it, but it’s also possible for you. The second pillar becomes consistent execution towards that vision, every single day. Not just once a week or once a month, but truly daily steps to start making your vision your new reality.

What I’ve noticed from going to hundreds of seminars and events is people tend to get excited and inspired about what’s possible, but then they get lost in what their vision means they do on a rainy Tuesday morning. Early on, consistency may feel like a huge challenge. You’re stepping into the unknown, but keep going and celebrate the small wins.

Take the next step today, and then set yourself up to take the next step tomorrow.

Certainty

Once you’re clear on your vision and have accumulated enough consistent action in pursuit of it, something magical happens. There’s a clear demarcation line—a before and after, if you will. You go from imagining your vision to being your vision. In other words, it starts to become who you are.

At this point, you’ve harnessed the power of certainty. Certainty can’t be faked, and it comes from the first two pillars. It’s the inner knowledge that no matter what happens, you’re going to achieve your vision because it’s who you already are and it’s only a matter of time. This is a powerful, grounded confidence others will feel around you.

When you have it, you’ll notice opportunities to assist you with your vision will seemingly come out of nowhere.

Which do you need more of?

The above is simple for a reason. Too many people get stuck in tactics and strategies instead of simply moving forward every single day. That’s why I love the Japanese philosophy of Kaizen—steady, continuous, daily improvement over time.

Which one of the above could you use more of?

If you’re not clear, it’s nearly impossible to be consistent. If you’re clear, but not consistent, then keep taking the small, daily actions towards your vision. If you’re waiting around for certainty, keep going, because it will come in due time.Opinions expressed here by Contributors are their own.

Tommy Baker

Tommy Baker is a writer, speaker, coach and host of the Resist Average Academy, a top-rated iTunes podcast designed to give you the knowledge, inspiration, and action steps to live a life by design—never by default. Tommy lives for the moment someone gets the spark of what’s possible and then crafting a plan to bring that vision to life through his mastermind groups, podcasts, books, courses and more.

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