The Three Pillars of Success: Passion - Purpose - Persistent Action
That's what I call the "3 Ps" or the Three Pillars of Success: Passion - Purpose - Persistent Action. Here's why they are so critically important to anyone who is about to or is on a "mission". I'm not just talking militarily here - I'm talking about going after your own goals, your own objectives! The key to anything - and I mean ANYTHING - in life is your ability to persevere - to not give up when the going gets tough - but the trouble is most folks give up too early - they give up on their dreams, their goals, they accept other's opinions of failure as the only option. It's the "why even try" attitude.
So the key question to ask is how do those who persevere (such as making it through SEAL training or starting a company) continue to persevere when others quit. Herein lies the question and my answer - I stress my answer since this isn't a scientific study but one that I've learned over thirty years of persevering. Follow your passion and Link it with a Purpose (hint the higher the Purpose, the more powerful your resolve will be to continue your Persistent Action).
This is not rocket science folks - it's just hard work. It's easier, though, when the work you're doing is work that fires you up. One of my life's passions is fitness - it has transformed my life from the days of being an asthmatic, sickly little kid to an adult with the confidence and courage to pursue what matters most to me in my life. Passion is a great start, and I would argue an absolute must for those considering embarking on a mission. But passion alone won't be enough firepower for you when the going gets tough. You need to link this passion with a purpose, and the stronger the link, the stronger your resolve.
In the case of starting Perfect Fitness, and not quitting when we were down to the last few dollars, my purpose was wanting to tell my children to follow their dreams, just like their dad. If I failed and turned over every single stone so doing, then fine. But we hadn't turned over every stone, even with the few dollars left, and under that next stone was the Perfect Pushup. I created a link so strong that failure just wasn't an option. I could recite hundreds of SEAL stories where SEALs had a similar mentality on their missions and they found a way to succeed because they had built such a strong sense of purpose with their passion, that their persistent action was overwhelming fire superiority for anyone in their way. That's exactly what I want you to think about:
-- What's your passion? -- Create your purpose -- Take persistent, unrelenting action to accomplish your mission
More to come, but I want to plant this seed with you now, because life is too short not to follow your dreams!
Alden Mills, creator of the Perfect Pushup, is CEO of Perfect Fitness, based in CA. Massachusetts born, Alden went to the Naval Academy where he went on to become a Navy SEAL. After retiring in 2000, he earned his MBA at Carnegie Mellon. His ultimate mission is to inspire everyone to pursue their own dreams. For more from Alden, check out www.perfectonline.com.