The Foolproof Combination

by marilyn on March 13, 2010

By Lloyd Franke

“Success is simple. First, you decide what you want specifically; and second, you decide you’re willing to pay the price to make it happen, and then pay that price.” –Nelson Bunker Hunt

What would be your response if I asked you to list five “foolproof combinations” in the next 30 seconds?   These are items, actions, foods, etc. that when seen or used together drive very positive results, feelings, or impact.   My list includes:

  • Short and Sweet
  • Ham and eggs
  • Diet and exercise
  • Scotch and soda
  • Attitude and action

The last, “Attitude and action” most likely didn’t make your quick list but it is one of the most important combinations to ensure that you reach the goals you set for yourself and your business.

When taken alone, the items in a foolproof combination are okay but don’t deliver the impact that comes with the combination. Diet and exercise together are keys to keeping ourselves fit. We must watch what we eat and get ourselves moving to burn excess calories and strengthen muscles. Either by itself does not deliver the results that the “foolproof combination” of diet and exercise provide.

The recent Winter Olympics illustrated numerous cases for the combination of action and attitude. We saw in-depth looks at the individual athletes and their personal fights to get in top physical shape. Then, the mental attitude training – visualization, focus on positive outcome, and even hypnosis – to overcome limiting beliefs, memories of past failures or falls, and to see themselves on the medal podium.

The “ACTION” is 4 years of continuous physical training in the sport to build muscle memory and perfection. The “ATTITUDE” is the mental stamina to maintain focus on the goal (gold), dispel thoughts of failing (or falling), and perform with absolute all out confidence that they can win.

The same attitude and action are needed to reach our personal and business goals.


-Do you know specifically what you want?

It’s important to have a clear objective to aim for; and, a clear measure of when the objective is reached. “Increase my income” or “Lose some weight”, or “Improve relationship with teenage son” are not clear goals.

Instead, make them clear and measurable: “Increase income at least 15% by the end of 2010”, ‘Lose 20 pounds by the end of 2010”, “Enjoy at least two one-on-one outings each month with my son”.

These are clear, measurable, and “actionable”.


-Do you believe you can do it?

Find and overcome any limiting beliefs you may have (subject of another article). Even though you may have failed in the past, commit to success through focus and structure this time. The Canadian hockey team came back to beat the USA for the Gold after losing to them earlier – they believed!

-Are you willing to pay the price?

Zig Ziglar used to say: “Don’t PAY the price, ENJOY the price!” Find exercise that you can enjoy; find healthy foods that you like; taking your son on excursions can certainly be fun (better than slaving at the office) and you might learn something new!


-Do you have a plan for each goal in each area?

Keep the goals in continuous sight; put sticky notes on your mirror, computer, etc.

Identify obstacles and find ways over, around or through them; visualize yourself at the point of success – then list the action steps to reach that end; complete the actions and monitor progress along the way (it’s best to set a specific time weekly to review progress).

Now visualize yourself standing on that podium receiving the coveted Gold Medal.

The “Foolproof Combination” of ACTION and ATTITUDE – get started now!

© Copyright 2010 Lloyd Franke

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