getting what you want

The art of getting what you want is simple.

A dream doesn’t become reality through magic; it takes sweat, determination and hard work.
– Colin Powell

The Giant Bamboo Story

Have you ever heard of the Giant Bamboo story?
If you listen to the story, I’m sure you will immediately understand how important it can be in your life, and how much you can learn from it.

Watch this video, and then read the rest of the article to find out what the 3P factor is.
And feel free to leave a comment with your opinion.

It’s pretty clear that the underlying message of this video is:

“Even though you can’t see concrete results right now, even though you feel discouraged, don’t stop, don’t give up, just keep moving forward, you will receive a huge reward at the end of your journey. But please, don’t stop!
Growth takes patience and perseverance.”

So, what is this video about?

The man in the video was working hard, but he somehow started to feel discouraged and with no hope, because he could not see immediate results.
This doesn’t mean that he was not producing any result.
The outcome he was working for, was growing and growing metaphorically “under the ground”, but he didn’t know that.

His mentor explained to him that years of unseen results  were necessary for his potential and success to grow and shape its foundation.

With this video, we learned that daily watering – that is, daily actions and good habits – is needed.
All those small steps that contribute to a bamboo growth – that is, our personal growth – make every day a small difference. And they are the key to big accomplishments.
Over time, they become realized in a sudden and surprising growth. If we know this, we are already getting where we want.

Over time, they become realized in a sudden and surprising growth.

When we work hard there is a period of time in which we have to keep going even if we still can’t see an outcome.
During that period it’s vital to remember that we are building something big, and we can’t stop, otherwise we will never see our future masterpiece.

The 3P Factor: the art of getting what you want

When we want to succeed in something, we absolutely need the appropriate knowledge and the right skills, but unfortunately it’s not enough.
In fact, it’s also essential to have the right mindset and attitude.

This is actually what makes the difference, because in order to reach our goals we need those qualities that the majority of individuals doesn’t have.

And I’m referring to those features that give us the strength to get exactly where we want.
I’m talking about perseverance and patience.

These two elements together are what we need to make things simpler, possible and attainable.
When we learn to be patient and to never give up, we start overcoming our limits and our fears.

When we understand that sometimes delayed gratifications are better than immediate rewards, we start learning and practicing patience and perseverance in our life.
We start doing things we were scared of, and we start to unleash our potential.

So, what is the 3P Factor?
The 3P Factor is the key to a better life, full of achievements wellness and satisfaction. It’s something that can help us turn our dreams into reality. And it’s simpler than it seems.

Work hard in silence, let your success be your noise.
– Frank Ocean

3P stands for…

The 3P Factor is the magic combination of:

  1. Patience,
  2. Perseverance and
  3. Potential

Patience is the ability to get rid of the need of seeing results immediately.
In other words is the courage to wait for delayed gratification and to give up on immediate pleasure or lower value gratification.

Perseverance is the ability to be resilient and to keep going without stopping, even when we lose hope.

Potential is the set of skills and abilities that could lead us to realize our dreams, but we need to “activate” it by taking action, being patient and persistent.

These three elements together are what helps us and supports us when we can’t see results and consequently feel discouraged, they are what takes us beyond our limits even when we don’t believe in ourselves anymore.

Never cut a tree down in the wintertime. Never make a negative decision in the low time. Never make your most important decisions when you are in your worst moods. Wait. Be patient. The storm will pass. The spring will come.

-Robert H. Schuller

How to Be Persistent: a few tips

If the key to getting what we want is being persistent – with patience – it’s important to know how to improve our perseverance. Remember that in order to do that:

  • You need to know what you want,
  • But you must want it as much as you need to breathe, you need to desire it more than anything,
  • You need to think about it day and night, and it will boost your motivation

Remember that we all have a potential,  we must be able to identify it. And if we “water” it with patience and perseverance, we can reach almost anything, we can develop the art of getting what we want.

Sometimes great achievements arrive much later than we expect, but they arrive, and they are great.
All we have to do is patiently persevere in maximizing our potential.

The will to win, the desire to succeed, the urge to reach your full potential… these are the keys that will unlock the door to personal excellence.

– Confucius

Featured Image: Stones Bamboo

7 thoughts on “The Art of Getting What You Want: The 3P Factor

  1. “Sometimes great achievements arrive much later than we expect, but they arrive, and they are great.” So true. I’ve started a new journey recently and haven’t had the results I wanted, yet! I have to remember that it takes time to build that muscle, and to not give up! Thank you for the the 3P’s.

  2. Hi,
    I am a huge Powell fan. I also agree with the 3 P’s.
    I found you on Danny Ray’s site. Congratulations on being his featured blogger. I was his featured blogger too. Maybe you can check out my site if you need a blogging tip or two. That’s what I write about.

  3. Wow! That was a powerful video and a powerful lesson. Gave me a shot in the arm to never give up on my dreams…Thank you for another great post.

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