This post will be made up of the 6 Elements of “The ‘Alpha’ Protocol” plus, the ‘Introduction Element’ with relevant information and, I’ll upload and post each one separately as I finish them. At the end of each Element posted, there’s a list of the 7 Elements, with information on, and direct links to, each one.
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I’ve been working on this article for a while and it’s going to take more time to make sure it takes the subject of ‘Questions’ to a whole ‘nother level.
It’s a very comprehensive article, as all my articles are, and they take a long time to research and to write. I’ve decided to not only share information with you, I’ve decided to share the process of writing this article with you as well, piece by appropriate piece.
I hope you enjoy it.
Element #2 of 7:
Your Comfort Zone”
“Preparation is the key to your success. You cannot dismiss the process and expect to be truly successful.”
― Linda Gibson
Some More ‘Stuff’ on ‘Preparation’
A great many people launch new, personal and/or business, undertakings only to be disillusioned by the amount of time, energy and challenges it takes to try to achieve success. The odds are that they probably didn’t know, and didn’t do, what they were supposed to do, and that’s only because they probably weren’t ‘Prepared’ for what was coming at them.
1-The action or process of making ready or being made ready for use or consideration; Something done to get ready for an event or undertaking.
2-State of making something ready for use. Preparations are typically done in anticipation of an event occurring in the near future.
Reality Check Please: ‘Preparation’ physically holds the first ‘element’ position in the ‘The ‘Alpha’ Protocol” (TAP) Strategy but, ‘Preparation’ is even much more prominent than that. ‘Preparation’ actually has the formidable position of being the all-encompassing ‘Humming Core’ and, at the same time, a ‘Force Shield,’ for your Success Quest.
The Key Point: ‘Preparation’ brings all the acquired ‘Information Aggregation’ together as one unified ‘Information Force’. This force works concurrently on achieving ‘Clarity’ and ‘Clarity of Purpose’ for you, with the sole intention, of strengthening and supporting you on the launch of your personal or business ‘Success Quest.’
“Preparation does more than prepare you for what you expect, it puts you in position to handle what you didn’t see coming.” Gregg Hake
‘Preparing” is really a simple exercise of respect and having a caring state of mind. It’s having respect and consideration for yourself and others. It’s having respect and consideration for your Success Quest and, having respect and consideration for the men and women closely involved in your life and whatever quest you decide to go on.
Be Aware: ‘Preparation’ creates an indomitable success ‘ripple effect’ that is incomparable and, the ripple effect’s positive, or negative disposition, runs commensurate and parallel to the effort and seriousness that you apply to your ‘Preparation Process.’
Becoming an expert ‘Prepararian’ (my word) requires patience and cultivation. Becoming aware of its inherent power and influence usually is the impetus for it becoming ingrained as a favorite Success Support Tool in the Success Support Arsenal.
Tips & Tools:
3 Things to Never Forget
With the exploitation of the ‘Preparation Process’ and making it ‘standard practice’ to take the time to ‘Prepare’ and use it throughout all areas of your life, it will become a well-established ‘triadic’’ power and support source, made up of: 1-Protection, 2-Ensurance (sic) and 3-Sustainability:
1- Protection: ‘Preparation’ protects by detecting, disclosing, exposing, revealing or uncovering: risks, danger, warnings, forewarnings, alerts, discoveries, possibilities, intimations, revelations, insights, knowledge, information, choices, options, opportunities, backstops etc. etc. etc. and, it protects by kicking your confidence, experience, vigilance and awareness up to new and ‘muscular’ levels.
Yes, it does all that, and more!
2- ‘Ensurance’ (my word): ‘Ensure’ defined: Make certain that (something) shall occur or be the case. Make certain of obtaining or providing (something). synonyms: secure, guarantee, assure, certify, safeguard, set the seal on, clinch, entrench. Make sure that (a problem) shall not occur.
‘Preparation’ and the ‘protection’ it creates and diffuses, ensures that any Success Quest you eventually initiate, will start off smoothly and on the right track, leading you and your Success Quest to victory.
Yup, it does all this as well!
3- Sustainability: Starting off on any journey, quest, pursuit, adventure or any new enterprise, with your eyes wide open and being ‘abundantly and rigorously ‘Prepared,’ confirms your compelling desire to succeed and it confirms your impenetrable commitment to your personal success.
You got it, it does all this too!
This is an unbeatable combination that creates the energy and incitement, that will push and pull with you, throughout all your Success Endeavors.
THE BOTTOM LINE: PREPARATION ROCKS! It’s the key to finding the information that you need to start a personal or business Success Quest and, the key to keeping you on the road to victory. Yes, ‘Preparation’ is that influential and effective, that it could be massively life-changing.
Throughout your Success Quest, your unremitting devotion to the ‘Preparation Process,’ will ensure that you’ll have 24/7/365 access to the positive effects and outgrowth of ‘Protection, Ensurance and Sustainability’ that’s created by being ‘Prepared.’
GOOD NEWS! ‘Preparation’ will enhance, fortify and accelerate your progress and the velocity of your forward momentum and, because of your ‘Preparedness’, your course will be monitored and guided, to ensure that your Success Quest is successfully launched and that your success is enduring and sustainable.
Yes, Yes, Yes, ‘Preparation’ is that powerful and transformative.
Let’s Keep Moving
You Also Need Backstops!
SideBar: Creating Clarity and Clarity of Purpose, Acquiring and Developing Self-Discipline, Mitigating Fear and Easing Anxiety are some of the backstops that contribute significantly to preventing your propulsive rolling, Success Quest, from sliding backwards.
Backstops Defined: An emergency precaution or protection. To support or reinforce.
Say What: It’s absolutely necessary to assemble effective and purposeful backstops to establish the means of preventing, correcting or relieving anything that is troublesome or detrimental to you while on your Success Quest. ‘
Two Mindful Moments:
MINDFUL MOMENT #1: Preparation and Clarity’ are the mighty Success Support Tools that will assist you in accomplishing all of the above. Achieving a victorious Success Quest, or positive outcomes in any of your life-endeavors, comes down to the attainment of “Serious Clarity,’ by way of ‘Steadfastly Preparing’ mentally, physically, objectively, dispassionately and determinedly, for any endeavor, quest, voyage, action, journey, situation or event. Period! End of Story!
How do we do this? There are no shortcuts. It will take an all-encompassing strategic process like “The ‘Alpha’ Protocol” (TAP) to help get you safely and successfully where you need to go.
MINDFUL MOMENT#2: ‘Preparation’ is the all-encompassing apparatus and facilitator that must be deployed before you make any move to launch any type of Success Quest. Not heeding this advice is going to lower your odds dramatically, for accomplishing any ‘soft landing’ or achieving full blown victory on any personal or business Success Quest.
“Before anything else, preparation is the key to success.” ~ Alexander Graham Bell
Let’s not Forget Your Desire:
‘Preparing’ for victory in life and/or business is a sequence of mental and physical tasks that starts with a compelling desire’ to shift your life from just about surviving, to ordinary or, from just about surviving, to extraordinary.
Either road is possible and, either road is all about your mindset and the choices you make. The two questions that you must ask yourself, and the two questions that will result in the most far-reaching effect on what you choose and, what your new Success Quest will be:
Is your desire compelling enough to be the impetus to:
#1- Inspire and motivate you to take that courageous first step and, start to seriously and resolutely ‘Prepare and Seek Clarity and Clarity of Purpose’ before, you launch your Success Quest?
#2- Inspire and motivate you enough to be able to cross the starting line and forge forward, with the fortitude to maintain the momentum required to propel you to the finish line and, the victory that you wholeheartedly ‘Prepared’ for?
SAY WHAT: I bring up the above questions because, to be favorably consequential, the ‘Preparation Process’ has to be infused with a ‘Compelling Desire’ in order to keep you on your feet, motivated and focused on success and, with an ‘Impenetrable Commitment’ to doing whatever is necessary to make ‘Victory an Actuality.’
Dedicating time to generate effectual and beneficial “Preparation” takes clarity of purpose, patience, the ability to stay focused and the ability to bring it all together for examination and ultimately, for execution.
Finding that ‘Compelling Force to Prepare’ from within your mental and physical personal borders and boundaries, is essential for successful ‘Preparation.’
Your ‘Compelling Desire to Prepare’ must have all the characteristics of an enduring power source, that will enable you to convert lethargy and disillusionment into inspiring energy, by allowing you to draw from its boundless usable power.
Once again, ‘The ‘Alpha’ Protocol” will give you the tools that you need to get where you want to go.
POINT OF VIEW: “The will to succeed is important, but what’s more important is the will to prepare.” – Bobby Knight
SEVEN TIPS & TOOLS TO ‘PREPARE 4 PREPARING’
1- Optimizing the effectiveness of your ‘Preparedness,’ mentally, physically, objectively, dispassionately and determinedly, for any endeavor, quest, voyage, action, journey, situation or event, is a process.
‘Preparation’ is the most important and transformative process and strategy you’ll ever come across.
If you’re not ready or willing to ‘Prepare’ for your Quest, I strongly suggest you ‘Stand Down’ until you do. The #1 reason people generally fail at anything, is the ‘Lack of Preparation.’
2- The most important step that most people neglect to take is ‘Preparing to Prepare.’ Mastering of ‘The Preparedness Process,’ is essential to aspire to, in order to be able to achieve great success in any personal or business endeavor.
Becoming a Master in, or at, anything always starts in the same place every time: The ‘Jumping-Off Point.’
The ‘Jumping-Off Point’ where the ‘Mastery Journey’ awaits all that are serious and committed to being successful, is found within the Boundaries & Borders of being an enthusiastic, attentive and assertive ‘Beginner.’
Do the research and ‘learn’ how to ‘Prepare’ before you set out to ‘Prepare.’ Don’t take it for granted that you know everything about ‘Preparation.’ This attitude will just bite you in the ass, much sooner than later. Here’s a good place to “begin link”: “How to Prepare for Anything”
3- Regardless of how well you prepare, you’re bound to encounter unexpected challenges along the way. You cannot, and will not, be able to prepare for everything.
If you adopt the mindset that you’re going to strive to ‘Prepare’ for ‘everything’, in spite of that fact, you’re Success Support Arsenal will naturally become pumped up with enough ‘Creative Alternatives, Remedies and Solutions,’ for you to be able to ‘Mix ‘n Match’ them all, creating innovative upcycled options for meeting all current and all future challenges head on.
4- When ‘Preparing’ for any situation or ‘happening,’ the one question that should always be adopted and applied in every situation or ‘happening’ that materializes or that is discovered is, “What’s the worst that can, or will happen?
“The ‘Alpha’ Protocol” will empower and enable you to use this phrase effectively. It’s a question that should be asked and answered as each ‘Preparedness’ decision is reviewed and, before it’s finalized.
Write out the specific challenging issues and then the answers to the question “What’s the worst that can, or will happen?” Keep thinking and writing out all the “worst” scenarios and the solutions to these uncomfortable situations. This process always starts to “roll” slowly and that’s normal.
As you get more comfortable at being uncomfortable, the information and solutions start to feed off each other and grow organically with a resolve just beyond your next ‘What do you think of this decision?’
5- This timeless and enduring precept should be embraced and revered throughout your life: “Prepare for the worst; expect the best; and adapt to what comes.” Follow this advice and you’ll always end up on the other side of abject failure.
6-FUN FACT: The Boy Scout Motto since 1907: “Be Prepared” which means you are always in a state of readiness in mind and body to “do what you have to do”:
- Be Prepared in Mind by having disciplined yourself to be obedient to every order, and also by having thought out beforehand any accident or situation that might occur, so that you know the right thing to do at the right moment, and are willing to do it.
- Be Prepared in Body by making yourself strong and active and able to do the right thing at the right moment, and do it.
7- PREPARE TO PREPARE: Before you begin to prepare, make a list of everything you think you should be preparing for. Use the 5W’s (Element #4) to dig deep and, cover the main categories that include, but are not limited to:
Who you are and your strengths and weaknesses.
Business categories if applicable: Marketing, Business Development etc.
Personal tastes, likes and dislikes.
Emotions, specifically: Fear and Anxiety.
Physical Personal Condition.
Family and outside people affected by your Success Quest.
Professional support: Accounting, Banking, Marketing, Therapist, Business Development, Mentor, Adviser, Smart and successful friend or contact.
WARNING, A STUMBLE-BUMBLE AHEAD:
Your ‘Comfort Zone,’ the one huge ‘Potential Obstacle,’ that could totally undermine your ‘Preparation Process’ & Beyond.
Comfort Zone Definition: A place or situation where one feels safe or at ease and without stress.
The literal thrust of Comfort Zones are to provide you with a dependable, trustworthy and serenely mental and physical space, within your life’s boundaries and borders.
If we stubbornly maintain a position in this ‘safe place,’ and never attempt to move from within these borders and boundaries, these so-called Comfort Zones will become our extremely narrow, nearly imperceptible and virtually impassable paths to the ‘Treasures’ of life and thus, we cease to grow and prosper.
Your ‘Comfort Zone’ should be used as a place of welcomed refuge, rest and revitalization, and should not be used as a fortress and a place to hide from ‘Risk & Responsibility.’
The boundaries and borders of your ‘Comfort Zone’ will act as a self- imposed crippling affliction if left unattended or mismanaged.
We need to change, adapt, grow all the time. We need to be realistic and deliberate about the moves we make in our lives and businesses. The growth begins, and has the potential to continue growing in perpetuity, only and squarely, outside of your comfort zone.
The growth generated is sustainable but, only by developing clarity of purpose and using your ‘Comfort Zone,’ only and squarely, for recharging and review.
IT’S NOT SO HARD TO DO. . .
To achieve an effectual and supportive ‘Preparation Operation’ for any size or classification, of personal or business Success Quests, will naturally call for your ‘mind’s eye’ to ‘reach out and gaze upon’ information, memories and bold prognostications that may make you feel uncomfortable.
Feeling uncomfortable with some or all of what you’re going to face, to feel and to possibly revise, will create distractions, deflections and decision disabilities with far reach consequences. This is when you’ll find yourself outside of the borders and boundaries of your ‘Comfort Zone.’
‘How to ‘Break’ on Through to The Other Side’
Understanding and being aware of your Comfort Zone’s boundaries and borders will make it easier for you to start to explore, grow and expand beyond those boundaries and borders and effectively ‘Prepare’ for your inaugural Success Quest launch, and beyond.
For you to be able to shift your life from typical and ordinary, to remarkable and extraordinary you’ll have to learn how to ‘tolerate’ exploring in what I call ‘The Arena of Angst,’ that area just over the border and boundaries of your ‘Comfort Zone.’
Not so bad, right?
If you notice, I just used the word ‘tolerate.’ To be successful you don’t have to be a super person that’s impervious to fear and anxiety. The definition of ‘tolerate’ is to “accept or endure (someone or something unpleasant or disliked) with patient endurance, self-control and restraint.”
Nope Not Bad at All!
‘Tolerating, breaking through to the other side’ is an aspirational level that is certainly attainable. Caution: Barreling out of your ‘Comfort Zone’ deep into ‘The Arena of Angst’ will bring, without a doubt, emotional devastation and a stunning backwards progress slide.
Feel afraid? Anxiety ridden? Just starting slow and deliberate and thoroughly, mentally and physically, ‘Preparing‘ for a quest, will get you to to where you need to be.
The secret to super-stardom and success is to feel the fear, anxiety or discomfort but, push and pull, until you break on through to the other side.
Taking those very small steps over the border and boundaries of your ‘Comfort Zone’ and moving forward slowly into ‘The Arena of Angst,’ may just bring some discomfort but, you’ll also be close enough to the border and boundaries to temporarily retreat, back into your safe zone if you have to. ‘Slow is the way to Go.’
REALITY CHECK: It’s crucial, when involved in the ‘Preparation Process’ for, or during the management of, your Success Quest, that you be able to accommodate and tolerate the unpleasantness of exploring outside of your ‘Comfort Zone’, and in ‘The Arena of Angst.’
PONDER POINT: How can you effectively ‘Prepare for Success’ if you’re not comfortable with leaving your Comfort Zone, to be able to think about new ways to deflect and shift to a more satisfying course of action and destination if the current situation calls for it?
Limiting yourself to where you’ve always been and, to what you’ve always done, will not foster a creative environment for your imagination to rise up and help you with ideas and solutions.
Your ‘vision,’ or ‘mind’s eye,’ cannot discern anything beyond your ‘Comfort Zone’ if, you don’t have the desire and fortitude to direct it to ‘see’ above, beyond and out, to your ‘outer limits.’
BEING CREATIVE: Exploring in ‘The Arena of Angst’ will ‘encourage’ reflection on old ideas, and lay the findings side by side with your new knowledge and ideas. This will enable you to determine if the validity or appropriateness of the bygone ideas or information are able to team up with the new knowledge and, offer up ‘original’ ideas and opportunities in the present.
Element #3 OF 7: ‘Treasure Hunting in the Past+Present+Future, will expand on this.’
‘Treasure Hunting’ in the ‘The Arena of Angst’ opens, expands and exposes our intellection, judgment and curiosity to new places to explore, discover, examine and investigate, to new resources to use and, to new methods to implement, in finding information and ideas that make the ‘Preparation Process’ more generative and hopefully, more infallible.
Finding the ‘tolerance’ to step ‘over the line’ will inspire, motivate and most of all, it will pump up your self-confidence. It will give you the confidence to shift the tendency to only seek out information you already agree with to, the information that challenges you and is subsequently considered and examined.
Pushing and Pulling to explore ‘The Arena of Angst’ will always expand and broaden the current borders and boundaries of your ‘Comfort Zone.’ The positive, but uncomfortable, experience will allow you to achieve the success that you dream about and, are going to prepare for.
GOOD NEWS: By practicing ‘stepping over the line’, you’ll be rewarded with renewed, enhanced and heightened levels of self-confidence, intuition, self-assurance, intellect, self-reliance, creative abilities and self-esteem.
Tips & Tools: to help go beyond the borders and boundaries of your ‘Comfort Zone,’ into the ‘The Arena of Angst.’
1- The Premise: ‘The Arena of Angst’ is the ‘The Arena of Angst’ until it’s not ‘The Arena of Angst.’ At that point in time, it becomes ‘The Arena of Treasure and Opportunity.’
“Nobody ever died of discomfort, yet living in the name of comfort has killed more ideas, more opportunities, more actions, and more growth than everything else combined. Comfort kills!” — T. Harv Eker
You can’t live in ‘The Arena of Angst.’ You just go there whenever you have a happening that calls for new and unique ways to learn, discover, solve, create, protect, promote and produce etc. Moving forward, within the borders and boundaries of ‘The Arena of Angst,’ is where challenges and adverse situations turn into breakthroughs, that turn into opportunities.
Exploring ‘The Arena of Angst’ is an adventure. Just trying it, will accomplish two things: 1- You’ll grow stronger and stronger and 2- It becomes your private ‘Treasure Hunt’ that will lead to success and some very cool ‘stuff.’
2- How to get going:
a- Have faith in yourself, feel the anxiety or fear but, still move forward and adopt this new mindset and, if you have to, in the beginning at least, ‘learn’ to believe it. It will catch up with you:
THE NEW MINDSET: ‘The Arena of Angst’ may cause me discomfort but, it will be an adventure and, it will help me move my life from wherever it is now, to new and exciting levels, beyond my wildest dreams and goals. I can, and I will, make this happen. What’s the worst that can happen?
b-With your new mindset in hand, push out slowly. Practice before you officially shove off .Make a list of 3 everyday, very simple happenings that cause you discomfort. ‘Prepare’ to tackle these one by one. For each ‘discomfort’ write down 3 ways to come to grips with that particular one and, pick the one remedy out of the three that you feel more comfortable with.
c- Try it. Examine and review what you did and how you felt. Write it down.
d- Keep going. As you move on to tackle bigger ‘discomfort’ situations “you’ll be rewarded with renewed, enhanced and heightened levels of self-confidence, intuition, self-assurance, intellect, self-reliance, creative abilities and self-esteem.”
e- As you ‘experiment and overcome’ you’ll expand the borders and boundaries of your Comfort Zone and, your ‘tolerance’ quotient will expand as well.
“The comfort zone is a psychological state in which one feels familiar, safe, at ease, and secure. You never change your life until you step out of your comfort zone; change begins at the end of your comfort zone.” ― Roy T. Bennett
“Do Not Lie to Yourself. We have to be honest about what we want and take risks rather than lie to ourselves and make excuses to stay in our comfort zone.” ― Roy T. Bennett, The Light in the Heart
“The further you get away from yourself, the more challenging it is. Not to be in your comfort zone is great fun.” ― Benedict Cumberbatch
Links to the 7 Elements of “The ‘Alpha’ Protocol” Strategy:
POSTED: Element #1 of 7: Introduction
I’m going to introduce you to, and discuss, the way in which “The ‘Alpha’ Protocol” Strategy (TAP) operates, but first, a few more things to talk about and some background to cover.
“Preparation is the key to your success. You cannot dismiss the process and expect to be truly successful.” ―Linda Gibson
“Real change is difficult at the beginning, but gorgeous at the end. Change begins the moment you get the courage and step outside your comfort zone; change begins at the end of your comfort zone.” ― Roy T. Bennett
“By failing to prepare, you are preparing to fail.” ― Benjamin Franklin
“Coming out of your comfort zone is tough in the beginning, chaotic in the middle, and awesome in the end…because in the end, it shows you a whole new world !!
Make an attempt..” ― Manoj Arora
“Give me six hours to chop down a tree and I will spend the first four sharpening the axe.” ― Abraham Lincoln
“Unfortunately, there seems to be far more opportunity out there than ability…. We should remember that good fortune often happens when opportunity meets with preparation.” ― Thomas A. Edison
COMING SOON: Element #3 of 7:Treasure Hunting in the Past+Present+Future
Your life comes with a built-in system that offers you the easy access, ‘ease-of-use’ and the freedom to initiate ‘Mind Expeditions’ and, with your ‘Mind’s Eye,’ explore your Past, Present and ‘Future,’ while hunting for ‘Treasure’ or better known as, ‘useful information, enlightenment and ideas.’
COMING SOON: Element 4 of 7: The Inquisition Alliance’- TIA
‘The Inquisition Alliance’ (TIA) is made up of various ‘Inquiry Structures’ and other supplemental forms of ‘Inquisitive, Inquiring and Probing’ Success Support Tools.
“Curiosity, especially intellectual inquisitiveness, is what separates the truly alive from those who are merely going through the motions.” Tom Robbins
“The important thing is to never stop questioning.“-Albert Einstein
COMING SOON: Element #5 of 7: Information Aggregation
Information is the Life-Blood of the ‘Preparation Process.’ It provides the energy and sustenance that allows the “The ‘Alpha’ Protocol” to maintain its vitality and effectiveness. It touches every element involved in the ‘Preparation Process’ and, it also has the industrial-strength job of being the central power source for keeping you on the right course, in pursuit of a victorious Success Quest.
COMING SOON: Element 6 of 7: Information Conflation & Sequencing
One of the most important things to put into practice when preparing for the launching of your personal or business Success Quest, is determining the sequence of how you’ll execute the launch and, how you’ll bring it all together before you launch. Both essential steps are even more important than “doing the right things”.
COMING SOON: Element #7 of 7: Clarity of Purpose
Clarity of purpose is vital for the achievement of success and for making dreams come true. Your dream or goal must be specific and clear, and should not be vague. While it’s fun to daydream about being rich and successful, you have to know and define clearly, what you want to get or to achieve. A clearly stated purpose is essential.