“It’s not where you start – it’s where you finish that counts.”
This saying is extremely timeworn and is heard time and time again and, I do not agree with it.
Please allow me to explain.
For me, it all matters. For me, where and how you start, where and how you finish and most of all, where you go and, what you do, in-between these two points, certainly matters.
I know of only one essential prerequisite needed to launch a personal or business Success Quest, no matter how small or no matter how grand, and help move it forward on the right road to victory.
I know there’s only this one way because of my own 45+ years of intense, diversified, real time hands-on experience, worldwide networking, comprehensive research, extreme “Forethought” and, my own personal sessions of “Introspection and Retrospection.”
LET’S MOVE ON
For 30+ years I’ve been involved in the manufacturing of ladies’ apparel in one way or another. I’ve literally, over thousands of times, been a witness to production missteps, mistakes and total incompetence, that resulted in damaging financial consequences for my companies.
The day, early in my career, that I started to investigate how all these production problems were happening was the day that my company’s manufacturing defect record started to stabilize and eventually declined. Of course, in manufacturing things always happen but by tracking these “happenings” we were able to correct, prevent or mitigate most of them.
I remember that it was about 40 years ago, that this awareness kicked in and started me on a path of extreme anticipatory and fanatical vigilance, ironfisted proactivity and extreme participatory, hands-on, corrective and expeditious action when things appeared to be going sideways or, when a fast-developing adverse situation was detected and it had to be circumvented and deflected from spiraling totally out of control.
This acute, over the top, state of mind is not possible to intermittently retreat from, nor is it easy, to deflect the energy it creates. There’s no “on and off” switch to flip. It either becomes a habit and second nature or you must avoid it at all costs. It’s an overwhelming posture that can and will consume you especially if it can affect your company’s financial health.
Either you acclimate to this “state of mind” and accommodate it or, you don’t. This is an extreme “state of mind” and you do not have to rise to such an intense level as I described above. The nature of my manufacturing business was a constant whirlwind of activity. The vigilance that was necessary and the pro-active and reactive speed needed to maintain a position on the side of profitability and triumph was dizzying and, it was dictated by the essence of manufacturing apparel.
The preceding story is only to back up and start explaining my declaration that I don’t agree with the statement, “It’s not where you start – it’s where you finish that counts.”
THE BOTTOM LINE: For me, it all matters. For me, where and how you start, where and how you finish and most of all, where you go and what you do in-between these two points, certainly matters. This ultra-keen “state of mind” kept my company safe and profitable and, it did permeate my personal life and it helped me take care of the people that were important to me.
WHAT’S IT ALL ABOUT: Your personal or business Success Quest has 3 main stages that needs deliberate and appropriate watchfulness and guidance: #1‘The Beginning’, #2‘The Building and Development’ and #3‘The Growth and Maintenance.’
This article is exclusively about Stage #1: “The Beginning” and, the most promising way to prepare for a smooth and stable launch of your Success Quest.
To launch effectively and create a durable opportunity to move forward to victory on your Success Quest you must formulate and avail yourself of a ‘B.A.D Plan’ that will support the “how” as in “how are you going to begin?”
Important: The power and intensity level of ‘The B.A.D Plan’ that you create and adopt, depends on the magnitude of your Success Quest.
Knowing how to accommodate, embrace and apply ‘The B.A.D Plan’ to your Success Quest, will empower you and enable you to grasp and become eminently skilled, in one of the most important prosperity provoking triads that exist today and, that can help you move forward victoriously, to the grand arena of success.
THE ‘B.A.D PLAN’
The ‘B.A.D Plan’ is a triad that is made up of 3 elements that must be put to use and applied to your Success Quest “Pre-Launch” if you expect to develop the opportunity to be victorious.
One More Time: The power and intensity level of ‘The B.A.D Plan’ you create and adopt, depends on the magnitude of your Success Quest. Big dreams need Big Plans.
A Point of View: “It’s not only about where you begin but, it’s about how you begin, the attitude you have when you begin and, how strong your desire is when you begin and beyond.”
The information aggregation that follows, will serve as an effective outline and description of the ideas and knowledge, attitude and desire that will serve you well as a basic foundation for the launch of your Success Quest. All your specific and general information aggregation that was completed should be draped in ‘The B.A.D Plan.’
‘The B.A.D Plan’: Begin. Attitude. Desire
The Premise of ‘The B.A.D Plan’: “An auspicious Success Quest Launch hinges on 1-The exact plans of how you’re going to Begin your Success Quest, 2- The Attitude that’s dominant when you’re ready to Begin your Success Quest and, 3-How bound and determined your Desire is at the zero hour of your Success Quest.”
To be aware of all this information is essential for achieving a favorable Success Quest Launch. You need to stop, take a deep breath and check your insecurities, fears, ego and arrogance at the starting gate and address the following, before you physically launch your Success Quest.
What’s Next: The following information is, for all intents and purposes, your advocacy guidelines of how to mentally prepare and carefully review the Success Support Tools that you need to have on hand for the Beginning of your Success Quest launch and beyond.
This Success Support Arsenal has the effective tools that can and will empower your personal or business Success Quest with the fortitude to discern and optimally avail itself of opportunities that are promising and capable of leading you to victory and prosperity:
Letter “B” For:
More powerful than the will to win, is the courage to ‘Begin‘
- To begin is to believe; to believe is to succeed.
- To begin is to bloom, grow and blossom.
- To begin is bewitching, enchanting and exhilarating.
- To begin means boundless personal and business opportunities.
The power of the word ‘Beginner’
To succeed in any undertaking, you must acquire the knowledge and the concentrated, clear understanding of what you want, where you’re going and how you’re going to get there.
To acquire this knowledge and concentrated, clear understanding you must be willing to keep an open mind, forget what you “think” you know, be determined to “Hear” and be unwavering in your attempt to really “Listen” and, this is all accomplished by, and is the definition of, being a good “Beginner.”
The power of the word ‘Begin’
To achieve and succeed you just have to take that first step, any step and any size step, to the starting gate and “Begin.” Your first “Step forward” is the power source that obliterates the inertia and gets the wheels spinning physically and mentally.
The good news is that you’re now in control of your destiny and it’s your choice to roll your Success Quest forward, pull over and kick it into neutral (temporarily retreat, rest and take a second look) or shut it down and start all over tomorrow.
The power of the word ‘Beginning’
To solve challenges, problems and uncover solutions you need to go back to the basics and always go back and start reviewing and analyzing every step right from the “Beginning.” If you have second thoughts about launching your Success Quest, follow your intuition and go back to the very ‘Beginning’ to review all your aggregated information.
Going back to the “Beginning” creates an incredibly unique moment for you: You now have the opportunity to examine and compare the past and the future, at the same time.
Yup, that’s right, you can now go back to the past and then, “Back to the Future.”
Juxtaposing the past and “future” will provide an incredibly fertile hatchery for ideas, solutions, alternatives and revelations, that could bring adverse situations to manageable levels and back under your control.
Letter “A” For:
“I can do this”
Just ask yourself one question: Yeah, why not me??? This may be the most important question that you ever ask yourself. There’s no register with names of people that are prohibited to be happy or to have tons of success in their lives.
There’s nothing, I repeat, nothing that should be able to hold you back from moving your “ordinary” life to an “extraordinary” life if, you’re being honest with yourself and if, you do really want to make a transition.
The answer to your question: Yeah, why not you???
You must imperviously believe that #1- you are worthy of more and #2- that you have the unassailable right to go out and move your life from the ordinary world to the extraordinary world.
It all “Begins” with you taking your “Burning Desire,” wrapping it around your self-image and belief in yourself and then, proceed to simply ask yourself one question: Why not me???
Once again, the answer to your question: Yeah, why not you???
Make a determined effort to answer this question honestly and realistically. Dig deep into the answers using the powerful Questions & Shredding Tool, in conjunction with the 5W+1 concept until you get all the answers needed to justifiably and realistically obliterate all the flimsy reasons you came up with. At this point you’ll be ready to move your life to where you want it to be.
“I will never give up”
If I never give up I could never fail. Stopping temporarily, retreating and resting or even ranting and raving about “wanting” to quit is not giving up.
Never Give Up” Part 1 of 2: “I will never quit but, I will modify and adapt and, if need-be, I know that I can, and I will, temporarily “retreat, rest, review and resume.”
“Never Give Up” Part 2 of 2: “I will succeed. I must, I have no plan B.”
“I don’t need a plan “B” because I’m flexible and confident. I know that I will succeed. I believe in me. If my plan needs to be adjusted I will do what is necessary to make it work. I will never take my eyes off my end goal but I’m open to the way I get there and open to the tools that will help get me there.”
This is critical to keep in mind. An irrevocable, immutable commitment to this attitude will almost surely lead you to victory on your Success Quest. For more comprehensive information on “persistence” and “never giving up” please see ‘The i.m.a.p.p Concept’ Part #5: Persistence.
I will get to ‘Know what I don’t know’
“I’m confident and resolute that I will get to “know what I don’t know” when I need to know”.
How? Here’s the only way: Follow this link to ‘Questions and Shredding’ + ‘The 5W’s + 1 Concept’ for the way to get the answers to everything you need to know, when you know, that you don’t know. That’s how.
Use these tools as a reliable source of support when you get a “little” nervous, lost, dazed and confused or, when you come face to face with a situation or an obstacle that is intimidating or just plain annoying. The bottom line: “Not knowing” causes these feelings of insecurity and being distracted. The answers to the questions, and the enlightenment they bring, will empower you and give you the courage and confidence to adjust and move forward. Keep an open mind and never stop exploring and asking questions.
“Every 24 Hours is a new Beginning”
Every day is another chance to start all over again. The world was created that way. We all get daily chances to make things right, turn upside down things right side up or, just say “I’m sorry” and, start fresh the next day.
Every 24 hours, 7 days a week, 365 days per year we get a new “lease” on our lives. So, you screwed up today? So what? Take a walk and fix it in the morning or the next morning or the next.
“Nothing is Permanent”
Nothing is Permanent. You can change your mind or change your plans at any time. You were born free and will remain free to your last breath.
“I’m very capable of figuring things out”
In addition to ‘Questions & Shredding’ I have another simple tool to help figure you things out:
The “2 FM concepts: for Adversity, Missteps, Mishaps or Mistakes: Find it- Fix it-Move it” or Find it-Fix it-Move on.
A third option:Find it, Fix it or Forget it and then Move on.
The key point here is that you need to perpetually invigorate, fortify and embolden your Success Quest in order to enable it to keep growing and moving purposefully forward. That takes time and conscientious attention. There’s no time to grieve or ponder too long about adversity if you want to accomplish this. Use your time wisely and gainfully. A “Correct and proceed” should be accurate, but smooth and swift.
“I don’t have to know everything on day one”
“I don’t have to know everything on day one. I can hire or rent “brains.”
You could hire an Accountant or a Lawyer. You could hire permanent full and part-time employees or rent and/or hire freelance and temporary personnel. You could hire a Handyman. You could hire a Dog Sitter. You could spend a few days learning and researching on the internet or in the library and then, rent or hire someone to fill in the blanks.
“I will Begin today”
“I will start slowly and take my time but, I will begin and I will begin today.”
Commit this to memory and in writing, immediately. Copy, paste and print this. Put it where you could see it every night and every morning.
Small steps and moving slowly is the prudent way to start anything unless it’s a life-threatening situation that needs immediate action or reaction, rescue or evacuation.
Moving out slowly and looking all ways is the way to go no matter how much you know. Taking your time, moving it out slowly, with eyes wide open as you Begin, will afford you the extra time to determine, and to verify, that you’re on the right road and that you’re moving in the right direction.
“I will add my own provoking “stuff”
“I will add my relevant and specific information to this “attitude” list.”
There are personal motivational tools and “symbols” I use to provoke and inspire. I will keep those close to me. I will write those in on this list. I will combine and make them all a permanent part of my Success Support Arsenal.
“I will remain forever vigilant and flexible.”
Commit To: “I will be a devoted and determined sentinel on the invariable, perpetual lookout for new opportunities, new people options and networks, new routes to explore, and new situations but, I will equally be focused and forever vigilant for any harmful, compromising or perilous obstacles and, for anything at all, that could hinder my progress.”
“I will always use ‘Questions & Shredding”
“I will always use ‘Questions & Shredding’ in conjunction with ‘The 5 W’s + 1’ Concept, the most powerful Success Support Tools in my Success Support Arsenal, to get to the facts, the reality, the truth and the bottom line of any favorable or adversarial situation or event.”
Please read my comprehensive article on ‘Questions and Shredding’ here on It’s All Possible.
5 W’s + 1: Who, What, Where, When, Why + How
Letter “D” For:
A Point of View: “Desire, Burning Desire, is basic to achieving anything beyond the ordinary.” Joseph B. Wirthlin
The Message: How bad do you want it? What are you willing to do to make it happen? Why do you want it? What would need to happen to change your mind about going for it? Could you live not going for it? Could you live without? These are the type of questions, and their answers, that will determine your level of “Desire.”
Plain old “Desire” is good for fantasies, daydreaming and rest and relaxation sessions. “Burning Desire”, on the other hand, will not only whisk you on to the right road to success but, it will sustain and maintain your Success Quest as long as you keep that “Burning Desire” powered up and energized.
Desire= ”I would like or wish to.”
Burning Desire= “I must and I need to.”
People, it’s your choice. It really is that simple. Go for it or not go for it? There’s no one to blame or point to, but yourself, if you decide to stand down completely and, give in and give up. You just need to take that first small step and . . . Begin.
A Brief Commentary
“A Burning Desire to be, and to do, is the starting point from which the dreamer must take off. Dreams are not born of indifference, laziness, or lack of ambition.” Napoleon Hill
All great achievements and accomplishments begin with a Burning Desire mixed with the urge to create, produce, discover or, to make a “difference” in the world.
All significant accomplishments and stirring success stories begin with Desire. You need to know up front that any old Desire level just won’t cut it and, it’s only a Burning Desire, the kind that is super energized and can’t wait to get you out of bed in the morning and, is chomping at the bit to help transition your life from the ordinary to the extraordinary.
A Burning Desire rouses people with an inexplicable force that leads to an overwhelming call to action. If your Desire quotient for success is extreme and intense, nothing, and no one, will be able to stop or derail you from reaching the finish line and the victory you dream of.
A Burning Desire generates the energy that vigorously pushes and pulls you toward enlightenment, growth and ultimately success and, that energy also produces a motivating uneasiness that is compelling and exhilarating. A Burning Desire empowers you to meet the challenges of your personal and business lives and is the impetus that moves you to fulfill a purpose larger than you could have ever imagined.
Onward and Upward
A Point of View: “When I was fresh out of law school, I had a burning desire to do something important, to have an impact in some way, but I didn’t know what it was.” Jennifer Granholm
The Message: When you “Begin” your Success Quest the only information that you need to be sure of is that you need to, and want to, make changes or, a total transition, in your life. That’s it. Simple.
“When you discover your mission, you will feel its demand. It will fill you with enthusiasm and a burning desire to get to work on it.” W. Clement Stone
It’s not mandatory to know, or detrimental to not know, exactly how or what, you’re going to do to effect these changes. Your uneasiness and dissatisfaction that is bringing on your Burning Desire to change “something,” will be the catalyst in creating clarity for you. Relax. Just slow it down and stay “open” to what you’re feeling and, to what your “mind’s eye” discerns. Be patient. Answers and direction will bump into you if, and only if, you’re out looking for it.
Keep it Moving
A Point of View: “If you’re doing this because you feel like you have a Burning Desire to do it, then you’ll find a way to do it, no matter what. If you’re doing this because you’re thinking, ‘Hey, this will be really cool. I’ll be famous. I’ll be on YouTube,’ then you’ll probably quit, because it’s not easy to do for the long haul.” Trisha Yearwood
The Message: Think long and hard about this statement before you launch your Success Quest. This “Point of View” is a reminder to seriously explore the question “Why do I want to do this?” A Burning Desire to be, or to do something, gives you staying power. It’s the “best friend” that will be there cheering you on. It’s the “best friend” that will push and pull you to the finish line. Without this “best Friend,” it’s a safe bet that your chances for victory will be very slim.
The information that you reviewed here is of paramount importance for beginning a Success Quest. Its usefulness and versatility, will also reveal and prove itself, way beyond the starting gate. Adopt them all and make them an integral part of your Success Support Arsenal to freely use at any point on your Success Quest and beyond.
Thank you for taking the time to read my article. I hope it helps you. Good luck.
The two concepts, a total of 9 separate components, are made up of a total of 170 pages with approx. 44,000 words. Each component is easy to read and they’re meant to be individually reviewed slowly and deliberately.
If you go to the top of the Its All Possible home page, you’ll see the two concepts listed and each one has a drop down that lists the components and allows for you to access one component at a time.
Here’s how it lays out:
‘The t.r.i.p Concept’: Part #1-Truth; Part #2- Reality; Part #3- Inspiration; Part #4- Positivity
‘The i.m.a.p.p Concept’: Part #1-Inspiration; Part #2-Motivation; Part #3- Action; Part #4-People; Part # 5- Persistence.”
- Phase 1: The t.r.i.p Concept: Truth + Reality + Inspiration+ Positivity
- Phase 2: The i.m.a.p.p Concept: Inspiration + Motivation + Action + People + Persistence
- Phase 3: The two concepts begin working in tandem and now in phase 3 they’re all working together. Combining all the components in both concepts creates a firm foundation for a very compelling Success Support Arsenal.
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- Over 55 years of “street” experience.
- Over 40 years of starting and building physical, virtual world and internet businesses.
- Over 40 years of starting and building many different types of businesses.
- Becoming a millionaire and then “turning my back” and “walking” away from it. I will get it back. I have many powerful and impactful teachable moments to share.
- Knowing hundreds and hundreds of wealthy and/or successful men and woman over 60.
- Knowing hundreds and hundreds of wealthy and/or successful men and women under 60
- Knowing thousands of successful people from all around the world through face to face networking, social media and as serving as President of Macaby Group, an international company.
- Started, and never stopped, reading and studying about Positivity and Success back in 1975 as a young Stockbroker trainee for a brokerage company named E.F. Hutton. They gave us the book, “Think and Grow Rich” by Napoleon Hill, to read and study as part of our training program.
- Dreamed of being rich since 1962, when I was 10 years old and when my father left for the first time. He left a total of 3 times. Finally, he was gone for good the third time. You know the saying . . .
- My attitude: “You may see me struggle but you will never see me quit.”
- Over 40 years of doing many smart things and doing some very dumb things. Huge lessons learned.
- I’m a good “beginner” and I’ve learned many, many, many things from my over 40 years of mistakes and missteps.
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