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The Doctor is In – How often do you update your Success Life Strategy

How often do you update your Success Life Strategy and why/ how are you going about it? Rx

Annually, I review and update the entire Success Life Strategy (SLS). Throughout the year, I engage with different parts of the SLS at different intervals. For example, I may evaluate the Success Quotient section monthly or even daily based on working toward a goal, objective, or action item. On the other hand, no need to review my Values section unless I have a difficult decision to make that is creating conflict, doubt, or second-guessing.

To make next year an Exceptional Year, I review through last year’s objectives, goals, and actions and the Success Metrics assigned to them to determine where I succeeded and where the challenges lay. All of these taken into consideration together is my Success Quotient. The more I achieve these metrics, the more successful I am at reaching my goals. The old adage: you won’t achieve what you don’t measure.

Then review my Values, YOUnique Excellence Pillars (how I operate in the world), and the Impacts I want to make with my life. Reflecting on what I’ve accomplished, the challenges had, what I’ve learned, and new opportunities, I may make adjustments on parts of the Success Life Strategy. Then I begin working on the creation of my next “Exceptional Year.”

What are your YOUnique Excellence Pillars? Share yours with us below!

The Doctor Is In – Q & A With Dr. Knight

Denise Gonzalez wrote recently:

Dr. Knight, you talk about YOUnique Excellence Pillars. How are these useful? Can you give an example of how you used them?

Denise, “Excellent” question about YOUnique “Excellence” Pillars (YEPs). OK, that was goofy. Couldn’t help myself.

firecrackerLet me share an example of how I used my own YOUnique Excellence Pillars to develop the culture of our consultancy called Firecracker International. I did this for two reasons:

  1. Attract similarly minded consultants as “Firecrackers”
  2. Attract clients who appreciated these characteristics

I used my personal YOUnique Excellence Pillars as the foundation for our company’s culture through our Value Statements. Here’s what they are:

  • Catalysts fueled by the Outcome
  • Big Picture Strategists, Assiduous Problem Solvers, Tactical Creators
  • Be the Hero You Already Are
  • Full Force Living
  • Cultivate Magnanimity in Every Moment
  • Courageous Truth with Compassion
  • Inclusive Big Tent mentality and 1HumanRace Culture
  • Be the change we want to see in the world.

BTW, I could not see all of these myself. I hired an expert who helped me to clarify these because although I’m an expert in Strategy and Succcess, finding your YOUnique Excellence Pillars requires an internal and external team.

Take a look at this example at Firecracker Innovation.

The Doctor Is In – YOUnique Personal Impact STATEMENT

“A life is not important except in the impact it has on other lives.”

Not all people feel they have the capability of creating impact in the World. The Success and Impact team believes everyone has the capability to create their unique impact in the world – their family, their community, and beyond. We call this your YOUnique Personal Impact. We are not alone as Anita Roddick observed,

“If you think you’re too small to have an impact, try going to bed with a mosquito.”

The Elements of your Strategic Life Plan™ include:

  1. Your Vision Statement
  2. Your YOUnique Personal Impact
  3. YOUnique Excellence Pillars (YEPs)
  4. Your Core Values Statement
  5. Your Long-Term Objectives

We are going to delve deeper into Your YOUnique Personal Impact STATEMENT.

Your YOUnique Personal Impact are those Impacts that you want to create in the world that leave your legacy of what you did, for whom and why. Your YOUnique Personal Impact Mission answers the questions:

  • “What is my YOUnique Personal Impact in the World?”
  • “Why am I creating this YOUnique Personal Impact?”
  • “For whom am I creating my YOUnique Personal Impact?”

The impact you are capable of making in the world is YOUnique to you. This is because only you have your unique set of passions, qualities, interests, priorities, behaviors, skills, talents, and even quirks. Accomplishing one of your YOUnique Personal Impacts takes strategic planning and could take you three or more years to reach.

Catalyst Points are those accomplishments and inflection points that move us to vision – from where we are to what we want to become. Your YOUnique Personal Impact(s) are the major Catalyst Points in your life – considered an “interim” or the Milestones to accomplishing your Vision – because you work toward them and oftentimes also use them as a springboard to the next part of your Success Journey. Catalyst Points properly directed lead to the vision. Incorrectly done, they lead away from the vision.
Examples of types of “impact” other successful people who leveraged YOUniqueRx to create includes:

  • Leaving a legacy
  • Building a business
  • Creating a charity
  • Starting a social movement
  • Changing someone’s life predicament
  • Making a career change
  • Up-leveling a hobby
  • Making a major life change
  • Getting your health back together

Consider that it’s not only your potential, but it’s your duty to use your unique qualities, passions, interests, behaviors, skills, talents, and even quirks to impact the World! Dr. Knight often says,

“It’s time to step into your YOUnique Heroism. Clarify why you are on your human journey, and take action on how you want to positively impact the world.”

The YOUniqueRx was created to help you to create impact with your life. Click here to learn more about creating your YOUnique Impact.

The Doctor Is In – 3ACT

Communities can REALLY show up! I wrote an article last month on the 3 Phases to creating Purpose-driven Focus that defines Your Success. The problem was, my acronym came up as CAT rather than ACT. Well, YOU – all our wonderful readers, commenters, editors, colleagues, and friends – stepped up to assist with the ACT! acronym.

3 Phases to creating Purpose-driven Focus that defines Your Success:

  1. Activate
  2. Catalyze
  3. Thrive

What does each of these mean?

ACTIVATE
In the YOUniqueRx program, we gain purpose-driven focus by creating a Strategic Life PlanTM (SLP). This documents your vision, impact, values, YOUnique Excellence Positions, and objectives. This process yields greater confidence in your ability to reach your Success Quotient milestones by clarifying your Purpose, outlining big goals, and articulating your Value Hierarchy. The outcome is focus on how you spend your time and clarity in choices and decision-making.

CATALYZE
Having developed a strong base from which to operate via your Strategic Life PlanTM, it’s time to take action. Action Elements include creating short-term goals that would constitute an exceptional year, ranking priorities, and to implement through action steps and sequencing. This is where the real fun happens and you experience the power of combining BrainScienceTM with your Strategic Life PlanTM.

THRIVE
Leveraging the 5 Equities of a Human Being, you remember and acknowledge the “ebb and flow” of life. You use these 5 Human Equities – Your Purpose, Your Success Quotient, Your Connections, Your Brain, Your Body – as a springboard for creating your life goals while assuring that you also maintain a healthful flow in your life.

These are the 3 Phases of the YOUniqueRx process to creating Purpose-driven Focus you can use to transform in your life. Make a commitment to yourself. Transition through these 3 Phases – Clarify, Activate, Thrive – to Catalyze Your Success.

The Doctor Is In – What is a Strategic Life Plan?

At its most basic level, your Strategic Life Plan™ contains the following Strategic Elements:

  1. Your Vision Statement
  2. Your YOUnique Personal Impact Statement
  3. YOUnique Excellence Pillars (YEPs)
  4. Your Core Values Statement
  5. Your Long-Term Objectives

But what does this really mean?

A Strategic Life Plan is developed to clearly state the impact you want to create with your life, how you want to effectuate that impact, personal values that drive your decisions and the unique set of passions, qualities, interests, priorities, behaviors, skills, talents, and even quirks that are your assets to leverage, and the goals you want to accomplish on your journey to creating that life impact. Essentially, it is a life plan strategy you leverage to set the direction of your life.

Creating and executing on a Strategic Life Plan is your formula for success. It creates a life plan that gets you up and going every single day and assures you are satisfied with the imprint you have left in the world when you reach the twilight of your life.

Leveraging YOUniqueRx transitions you from setting goals to reaching goals.

In the next few YOUniqueRx newsletters, we will focus on each of these elements. In the meantime – to summarize each Element of your Strategic Life Plan:

VISION STATEMENT
This is the Future Vision of You. This Vision Statement frames how YOU want the world to look and how you envision you will partake in creating that Vision in the ensuing years. It is a destination.

YOUNIQUE PERSONAL IMPACT STATEMENT
A shorter timeframe than a Vision statement of 1 – 3 years, Your YOUnique Personal Impact Statement can be considered an “interim” destination to your Vision such as a major milestone on your Success Journey.  Your YOUnique Personal Impact  Statement defines the present purpose of your Life.

VALUE STATEMENTS
Sometimes also called “Core Values”, the Value Statements define and document how you operate in the World. You values direct your decisions. They are also part of our Belief System and thus tightly intertwined with your emotions.

YOUNIQUE EXCELLENCE PILLARS
These are unique characteristics that are special about You. In business strategy planning, they are called Strategic Excellence Positions (SEPs). At YOUniqueRx, we use the term YOUnique Excellence Pillars because these are the unique set of passions, qualities, interests, priorities, behaviors, skills, talents, and even quirks that are your assets to leverage to build your Vision.

LONG-TERM OBJECTIVES
The Long-Term Objectives are the goals you want to reach that usually require more than one year to complete. They frame and quantify YOUR vision creating a springboard for action.

The Doctor Is In – 3 Points to Achieve your Life Goals

Everyone has a different and personal “something” they feel compelled to do with their lives.

Oftentimes, that “something” can be a bit fuzzy or pie-in-the-sky or needs clarification.

Here’s part of the secret prescription for your successful life journey. In order to achieve your Life Success Goal, you must:

  1. Clarify exactly what the goal (or your dream) is
    Business term: Visioning Success
  2. Determine how to “make it happen”
    Business term: Strategic Planning
  3. Springboard past barriers and limiters
    Reasoning: This is why we combine neuroscience with the 5 Human Equities to increase your Success Quotient.

The YOUniqueRx is a formula that facilitates the crystallization of your goals and strategy, then catalyzes you into implementation whether your success looks like building a business, creating a charity, starting a social movement, leaving a legacy for your family or your community, changing someone’s life predicament, making a career change, up-leveling a hobby, making a major life change, having enough money to be comfortable and do what you want, getting your health back together, and the list goes on…

The Doctor Is In – Why is the YOUnique Prescription a combination of neuroscience and strategic business planning?

Question: Why is the YOUnique Prescription a combination of neuroscience and strategic business planning?

Answer: We consider the YOUniqueRx (Rx is doctor speak for prescription) to be your personal Life Prescription to catalyze your success; live your greatest life; and to achieve your YOUnique impact in the world. We build a Strategic Life Plan with you just like a company has a business plan that is based on research-based business planning, strategy, and execution methodologies.

Now, if it were that easy, everyone would do it and be a hero! Build your plan, execute on it, voila! You’re a hero (or whatever outcome you want, but you get the picture). The tricky part is understanding and then managing what’s going on in your brain particularly in your UnderConscious. Remember, barriers are internal and external. It’s the internal ones – the ones deep-seated in your brain – that are the biggest barriers that get in your way of success. Thus a very important part of the YOUniqueRx and why people usually work with us during the yearlong YOUnique Success program is that we make neuroscience not only easy; we make it so that you can use Brain Tools to leverage a greater % of your brain to get what you want in life.

I encourage you to try a sample of the YOUniqueRx through our FREE webinar gift of “Success and Impact on Purpose”. During the talk we emphasize the difference between inspiration and transformation. Sign up here.

The Doctor Is In

Last month, I had the opportunity to share the stage with Dr. Travis Stork from “The Doctors” television show. We addressed the Human Resource leaders of 100 of the largest companies in the US.

I spoke about the 5 Human Equities – these are:

  • Your Brain
  • Your Body
  • Your Connections
  • Your Higher Purpose
  • Your Success Ratio

During the talk, I shared a nugget with the audience on how they could use each of these 5 Human Equities to make immediate transformation in their own lives, which is so key to creating an interested culture. Specifically using the 5 Human Equities as a compass, companies have an engaging conversation with employees on what drives the individuals, what the individual employee wants out of life, and how to align corporate vision and mission with individual goals for a symbiotic, long-range relationship.

We ended the talk with a provocative question: Could acknowledging, identifying, and aligning an individual employee’s 5 Human Equities with your company’s vision and mission lead to a competitive advantage for your organization? Their answers were intriguing. What do you think?