I get asked a lot of questions on Twitter (@jdbloodstone), but I received one the other day that really stopped me in my tracks. Normally, I get questions that can be answered quickly without much thought, but this one made me reflect on my past and the path I took to get to where I am today. The question was simple… too simple, perhaps. The questions was this:
What is the single-best bit of self-improvement advice that you can give me?
Maybe that’s why it took me so long to come up with an answer… I was over-thinking it. My answer is simple… and, now that I’ve had time to think about it, I am certain that the single-best bit of self-improvement advice is this:
So, what is this Willpower Equation and why is it the best self-improvement advice I can give? Well, first let me start by saying that this bit of advice, depicted by the simple equation above, has enabled me to accomplish more in the last four years than in all my previous years on this planet combined. Over the past four years I have created and brought to market four distinct and fully-realized products through my distribution business, written and published two books through my publishing business, and was just more productive, in general, than I ever have been in my life. I have even incorporated it into my physical fitness psychology to help me lose 27 lbs. over the last 41 days! In fact, the Willpower Equation has been so critical to my own personal achievement and goal attainment that it became a major part of Awaken the Balls Within: How to Unleash Your Willpower & Determine Your Destiny, my second book. Now, before we go any further, let’s talk about what the Willpower Equation is; simply put, it states that:
X Must Be Greater Than Zero
Most of you have probably seen the mathematical symbol, “>”, that stands for “greater than”; however, you may not be familiar with the exclamation point (!) over the “greater than” symbol. The exclamation point makes the symbol below it a required condition for which the formula is true; it stands for “must be”. In this instance of its use in the Willpower Equation, the exclamation point over the “>”stands for “must be greater than”. Therefore, the Willpower Equation states that “X must be greater than zero”.
So, now that we understand the symbols we can now turn our attention to the “X” and the “0”. So, what is “X” and what does it stand for? In the Willpower Equation the “X” stands for “action”. Specifically, it stands for any and all action that you take toward the achievement of a goal, any goal. The “0” stands for what you think it might stand for… nothing, zip, zero, nada. And, now you have a complete understanding of what the Willpower Equation states: that your “action must be greater than nothing”. In other words, if you want to complete any task or achieve ANY goal, you must continually apply force, or action, to the current situation and status quo. You must take action… you must do something… anything… other than doing nothing, to fulfill your definite major purpose that you establish for yourself during the course of your life. It doesn’t even matter how small the action you take is… as long as it is greater than zero!
One of the most important aspects of the Willpower Equation is how you incorporate it into your life and how you use it to motivate and encourage yourself to take action down the path of your own positive personal change. I discuss how to do this at length in Awaken the Balls Within and I highly recommend reading it if you want to learn more about applying the Willpower Equation to your own goal achievement and personal success. For the purposes of this blog post and in answering the question of what is the single-best bit of self-improvement advice I can give, all I can say is that making the Willpower Equation an integral part of my work ethic and problem solving skills and driving it deep into my subconscious mind so that it can be applied automatically, as if on auto-pilot, whenever the need arises, has made ALL the difference. Apply the Willpower Equation to your own life. Discover its power to motivate and encourage you to take action towards your own goal achievement. It doesn’t matter how big or how small the goal or task; apply the equation and achieve!
And, there you have it… the single-best bit of self-improvement advice I can give anyone.
Onward & Upward,