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The Art of Getting What You Want: The 3P Factor

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

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 feel free to share your experience in the comments.


The underlying message of this video is:

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

So, what is this video about?

The man in the video was working hard, but he somehow started to feel discouraged, as he could not see immediate results. That is, he didn’t feel as he was developing himself and he hadn’t seen any meaningful achievement for a while.
This doesn’t mean he wasn’t producing any outcome. He was working on his personal growth, and his better version of himself was growing a little bit every day “under the ground”, but he didn’t know that. He just couldn’t see it.

His mentor explained to him that even though he couldn’t see results or concrete achievements yet, he was learning and developing himself. This process was necessary for his potential to grow.

With this video, we saw that “daily watering” – that is, small daily actions and good habits – is the most important thing.
All those small steps that contribute to our personal growth, or to the development of a project, make a small difference every day. 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 on the right path to get where we want.

When we work hard, we’ll necessarily experience a period of time in which we can’t see an outcome.
During that period it’s vital to remember that we are building something big, and we can’t stop.

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 that’s not enough. That’s probably 50% of what we need: 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 boost our personal growth. And I’m referring to those features that give us the strength to get exactly where we want: 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 little by little we start to unleash our potential.

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 ability 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

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

And to do that we must remember that if we “water” our potential it with patience, perseverance, good habits and small daily actions, we can reach almost anything, and we can develop the art of getting what we want.

Sometimes great achievements arrive 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

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The 5 Books of Success

Reading is to the mind what exercise is to the body.
Joseph Addison

If you want to learn about life or about people, if you want to become wiser, to open your mind or to train you mind, reading is the best way to spend your time.

Sometimes books have the power to inspire and help us find the way to shift our life, and I believe that they have the potential to help us achieve success.
Reading is the ideal hobby for avid and curious life learners, and I find that books about personal growth, psychology and life, can teach a lot, and sometimes they can add more to our life than an expensive presential course.

So, I want to share with you the books that changed me and forced me to rethink my attitude towards life, and that I consider extremely inspiring:

1. Tony Robbins – Awaken the Giant Within : How to Take Immediate Control of Your Mental, Emotional, Physical and Financial Destiny!
2. Dale Carnegie –  How to Win Friends & Influence People
3. Stephen Covey – The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People: Powerful Lessons in Personal Change
4. Wayne Dyer – Your Erroneous Zones: Step-by-Step Advice for Escaping the Trap of Negative Thinking and Taking Control of Your Life
5. David Allen – Getting Things Done: The Art of Stress-Free Productivity

Enjoy the 5 books and let me know what you think.
Feel free to share your opinion in the comments.

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How to Plan your Day: 5 Steps

A goal properly set is halfway reached.
Zig Ziglar

1. Plan your day the night before with a to-do list
The energy that we have early in the morning is precious and we should use it only for important tasks.
Plus, the advantage of planning your day in advance is that it helps saving your time and energy.
This way you will start your day with a list of tasks ready to be followed, without wasting time and energy on the daily planning.

2. Review the plan in the morning.
Reviewing the plan in the morning, while having breakfast for example, is the second step, because you need to have clear in your mind which are the tasks that you are going to perform throughout the day.
Plus, it’s a very good way to fix the to-do list in your mind.

3. Put the hardest things first.
It’s better to perform the hardest tasks in the morning when you have more energies, and leaving easier and lighter activities for the rest of the day.
Starting with more challenging activities will help you feel satisfied and motivated during the rest of the day.
This way, you will feel juiced and you will be productive.

4. Always balance productivity and self-improvement. 
This step is crucial for your daily planning.
It’s important to give priority to productivity, without leaving self-improvement aside.
This means that you should dedicate 80% to what you do every day to achieve your life goals – that is working or studying – and 20% to your self-improvement – reading self-development books, learning a new language or attending personal growth seminars.

5. Always include exercise.
Regular physical activity is vital to your day and to your health, because it boosts your energy and delivers oxygen to your tissues and your brain, preventing many kinds of diseases and helping control your weight.
So the advantages are both short and long-term, and 30-40 minutes a day are sufficient to get all the benefits you need.

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3 Ways to Improve your Self-Discipline

I don’t stop when I’m tired. I only stop when I’m done.
Marilyn Monroe

Self-discipline is everything if we want to successfully complete something we began. But it’s not always so easy to respect a schedule.
It’s our ability to resist to bad conditions, and our mental toughness that make us strong. And this strength that we see in successful people can be learned and developed.

1 Write your to-do list while you are having breakfast
This is a good habit, and as soon as you will get used to it, you will find it pleasant and challenging. Plus, you will realize how something so simple can be so useful.
You don’t like to have breakfast in the morning? Well, I strongly recommend you to have breakfast, because it’s not just “important”, it’s vital, if you want to be productive!

2 Cross all the items off your list
This will make you feel good and satisfied, and when you won’t be able to cross an item, you will feel a bit “guilty”.
Sounds sneaky? No, it’s only an efficient way to train yourself and your self-discipline.

3 Visualize what you will be in the future thanks to what you are doing today
The most important point. It’s a bit difficult to work hard when you don’t have a purpose in your life.
In other words, you need something to desire so much that you will feel motivated and you will be productive.

When you want to succeed as bad as you want to breathe, then you’ll be successful.
Eric Thomas

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The Importance of Delayed Gratification

Delayed Gratification, is the ability to resist the temptation for an immediate reward and wait for a later reward.
Generally, delayed gratification is associated with resisting a smaller but more immediate reward in order to receive a larger or more enduring reward later. (1)

This concept is really important, and you should apply this in your everyday life, especially if you are working on your personal growth.

Everytime you are tempted to postpone one of your daily tasks, in order to relax or to watch tv, you are letting procrastination control your life and weaken your self-discipline, decreasing your productivity.

So, be careful, focus on your real goals, and always remember the concept of delayed gratification: it is better to receive a larger reward later, than a smaller but more immediate one.
And keep in mind this quote:

Always do your best. What you plant now, you will harvest later.
Og Mandino

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(1) Carducci, Bernardo J. (2009). "Basic Processes of Mischel's Cognitive-Affective Perspective: Delay of Gratification and Conditions of Behavioral Consistency"

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5 Secrets to Increase your Productivity and to See Results

Have you ever thought that being productive and attain success could be simpler than you imagine?

The journey of a thousand miles begins with one step.
Lao Tzu.

This is, you only have to go towards what your goal is, step by step.
But you have to do it. You have to…

1 Take action.
Every minute you’re wasting your time checking the social networks or your mobile phone, you’re not taking action getting you closer to you dreams.
Sometimes we prefer immediate and temporary pleasure instead of consistent and permanent success – which in psychology is also called “delayed gratification” – and we procrastinate.

2 Do not procrastinate.
Procrastination is the worst enemy of productivity.
Every time you are looking for an excuse to postpone a task you should do – and every time you find an excuse to postpone your daily tasks – you are giving space to procrastination.
This is the worst error ever, and you should eliminate this attitude from your routine if you really want to increase productivity and attain success.
Remember the to-do list? If you plan every day your list and you stick to it, it will be the best tool ever to avoid procrastination.

3 Find the right motivation.
If you don’t have the right amount of motivation, it will be really hard to be productive, and it will be easier to procrastinate: you have to know exactly where you want to go, and you have to walk every day towards what I call your “holy destination”.

4 Have a plan.
You should know exactly what you have to do every day, every week and every month.
You should plan your activities in advance in order to efficiently manage your time – instead of wasting it.

5 Never give up.
Remember that real success takes time.
And that giving up is the worst enemy of success and self-esteem.
Sometimes it happens that, after days, months or years of efforts and work, we give up, just because we can’t see results. Sometimes it happens that, in the very moment success is right around the corner, we can’t see it, and since we are exhausted, we decide to give up.
This is why I want you to understand how important it is to never give up.
I want you to look at this image and download it if you want to, because it represents exactly the importance of being resilient and insist on your goals.
I have it in my cell phone and I look at it every time I need to feel motivated and it always makes me feel energized.

Never give up
So, don’t forget to print out this article, and to look at it every day.
Hope it will accompany you in your travel towards success!

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How to Find Energy and Motivation: 3 Tips

We all dream to accomplish a lot in life, but then for some reasons we can’t stand out from the crowd, and we wonder why. This is because we may need more time, more motivation, and more energy.
Actually, we already have the time, we only have to improve the way we manage it.
But, what about energy and motivation?
In this article I will give you 3 very simple tips to boost your energy and your motivation, in order to increase esponentially your productivity.

1. An apple a day…

“An apple a day keeps the doctor away.”

Apples contain pectin, which lowers both blood pressure and glucose levels, boron, that supports strong bones and a healthy brain, and vitamin C, that boosts immunity, which helps maintain overall health.
But even more important, apples help boost brain power.
Apples are one of the foods that health experts say will help you think clearly, boost your memory and of course contribute to overall good health.
To help your brain funcion, be sure to eat your apples with their skins on since that’s where you’ll find most of their quercetin, which primary benefit is having a high amount of antioxidants.

2. Walk every day

“All truly great thoughts are conceived while walking.”  Friedrich Nietzsche

Research has shown that regular walking has lots of benefits.
Some of them are the following:
– It reduces your risk of heart disease and stroke.Walking
– It can help prevent dementia: being active has a protective effect on brain function and regular exercise reduces dementia risk by up to 40 per cent.
– It tones your legs – especially if you add hills.
– If you’re walking outside in daylight, you’ll be boosting your body’s stores of vitamin D – a nutrient that’s hard to get from food, but that we can synthesise from exposure to sunlight, that improves our mood and our overall health.
– The ability of exercise to boost mood is undisputed – just 10 minutes of walking can boost your mood for 2 hours. Getting active releases feel-good endorphins into the bloodstream, and this significantly reduces stress and anxiety.
– Walking regularly helps losing weight.
– We think and learn better when we walk or do another form of exercise – research has shown that when we exercise, blood pressure and blood flow increase everywhere in the body, including the brain.
More blood means more energy and oxygen, which makes our brain perform better.

3. Listen to music

“Music can change the world because it can change people.” Bono
So don’t forget to listen to music every day.
Music has the power to improve your efficiency and to change your mood in a moment – but please, remember to avoid sad and depressing songs, otherwise music could negatively affect your day.
One thing I strongly recommend is to listen to music while walking, it will boost your mood and it will give you a lot of energy – and walking won’t be boring!
Whatever you are doing, if you want to listen to music in the morning before starting your day, I suggest you to listen to something energetic (Rock, Pop, Commercial Latin…).
While, if you want to listen to some music in the afternoon after work, I would listen to something more relaxing (for example: Cinematic Orchestra, Ludovico Einaudi, Buddha Bar, Gotan Projet…).One apple a day, walking everyday (or almost everyday) and listening to music.
If you start including these 3 simple but effective habits in your life, you will notice how this will significantly improve your productivity and your wellness, adding energy to your day and boosting your motivation.

Hope this article will help you in your everyday life. Feel free to leave a comment to share your experience. Have a nice day!

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The “POMODORO TECHNIQUE”, a magic bullet for your productivity

Have you ever heard of the “Pomodoro Technique”?
The Pomodoro Technique is a time management method developed by Francesco Cirillo in the late 1980s and it’s named after the tomato-shaped kitchen timer that he used.

The technique uses a timer to break down work into intervals traditionally 25 minutes in length, separated by short breaks (4-5 minutes).pomodoro technique, productivity

The intervals are known as “pomodori”, the plural of the Italian word pomodoro for “tomato”.
The method is based on the idea that frequent breaks can improve mental agility and ability to focus.

Plus, this improves exponentially your productivity. The secret is just to set the timer for 25 minutes and to stay extremely focused on whatever you are doing (studying, working…) for this interval, avoiding all distractions.

(!) Remember: no matter what happens, you have to avoid ANY distraction that may interfere with what you are doing, and focus.
When you will start using this technique, it will surprise you: in 25 minutes you will do what you now normally do in one hour!
Can you imagine the amount of work done after 4 pomodori (100 minutes)?

Try the technique and let us know your result leaving a comment here.
Enjoy your pomodori!

Resources: http://www.wikipedia.com

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