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The Equation for Success: (Preparation + Opportunity) x Massive Action

Updated: Jul 30, 2023



First things first... Why should you care?

Our emotional state dictates the quality of our life. The 30 Days of Positivity Challenge is a daily personal challenge designed to condition the mind and body to maintain a positive emotional state. Our mindset contributes to 80% of our success. So, this challenge forces you to reprogram your mindset for success. When we're in a good mood and have a positive mindset, the probability of us being more productive, having better relationships, and making more money goes up. On the other hand, when we're in a bad mood and have a negative mindset, the opposite tends to occur.

Imagine living in a mansion but you're always upset, stressed, anxious, or sad. On the other hand, imagine living in a townhouse but you're always peaceful and happy. Your quality of life has everything to do with how you feel about yourself and the world around you. Your focus becomes your future. So, focus on nurturing a positive emotional state. Our feelings give us clues about the state of our emotions and environment, and tell us if we're progressing in the right direction. Progress equals growth. This challenge helps you to grow positive feelings to attract positive people and things into your life.

Let's get started with today's challenge!

Let's Get To The Point

There are 7 billion-plus people on the planet. Which means there are 7 billion-plus perspectives on what success looks like. Regardless of which area of your life you'd like to find success in, the equation for success stands firm. Success equals preparation, plus opportunity, multiplied by massive action. Also, your actions must be consistent. Reflect on an area of your life in which you want to find success. Your challenge today is to answer the following questions:

  • What are you preparing for?

  • What opportunities are you looking to receive or create?

  • What consistent actions are you taking with respect to your preparation and opportunities?

Full Transcript

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Donnie Thomas:

So, when I was an intern, my mentor and I would have daily sessions. He was a Nigerian man, very assertive, very funny, very direct, stern, and he was so wise. And he would talk to me about all types of our African proverbs, and things of that nature. But one of the conversations that stuck out to me the most, was when he taught me the equation for success. He said to me that success equals preparation plus opportunity. But what I've found as I've coached more and more people is that, there was something that I wanted to add to the equation. Because it's something that I think a lot of people miss, which is, action. Because you can have all of the preparation in the world, and all of the opportunities fall into your lap, but if you don't take the action, the massive action that's necessary in order to make that success come to fruition, it will never happen. Because nothing happens without action.

Donnie Thomas:

And so, when I modified the equation for success that he taught me, to be preparation plus opportunity, multiplied by action, I started to look at different areas of my life. And for me, I pray for health, peace, prosperity, and wisdom all of the time. And when it comes to wisdom, I have to often confront those difficult conversations that, or those difficult instances that, prevent me from being wise, or getting the wisdom that I need.

Donnie Thomas:

And sometimes it comes in the form of a difficult conversation, right? Because when we see a difficult conversation, a difficult conversation is a challenge to everything that we know, love, and are. And so, because we look at that as an attack, or a challenge to us, we then resist the difficult conversation, instead of embracing it. Because having a difficult conversation and listening intently allows you to develop the understanding that you'll need, or that I need, to get me to wisdom, ultimately. If that's what I want. And I love difficult conversations. I've grown to love them even more, because they mold you and they sharpen you, and they help you to become aware that, even though it's already pretty obvious, there's 7 billion people on the planet. 7 billion different perspectives, 7 billion different worlds, and so for any of us to believe that our world is the only world that is right, is a fallacy.

Donnie Thomas:

It's not about being right or wrong, it's just about different perspectives. There are people that wake up every day that could not imagine, could not imagine poverty, because they never had to experience it. Some of them probably have never even seen it on TV. And so, to see it in real life is a shock to them, because they were never there introduced to it. But we condemn people who haven't been introduced to a certain type of perspective, instead of enlightening them on a perspective with love, and accepting the fact that they come from a different background. And that prevents us from moving forward in our wisdom, and in our connection.

Donnie Thomas:

So, anything that I am coaching anyone on, I often look at how they act, how they're moving and operating around that thing. Because you can have all the beautiful plans, you can have every opportunity. I know people that have opportunities sitting right in front of them, but they don't take action on those opportunities because of the barriers that are there. Most of the time it's fear. Fear of not being successful, fear of being too successful, to the point where they cannot handle the influx of things that will begin to come their way because they're so successful, right? That's a real thing. So, moderate your action. Be intentional with your action. And don't always look for everything to happen instantaneously. Everything starts from an embryonic state. This tree that I am sitting in front of right now, was this big, was an acorn, or whatever it was. It got to be as tall and as strong as it is, over time. So, it takes time. So, continue to act, continue to act positively to influence the preparation and the opportunities that come your way.

Donnie Thomas:

Have a good one. Peace.


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