GFOPPPA : The success Formula
Stephanie Abrams
There are steps to follow to reach a goal. Usually, people who have achieved success in a particular field create the pattern that others emulate to get to the same place. Recognizing those steps, and then implementing them, are the keys to your personal success.

In some areas, we do not even think about the fact that there is a formula to reach success. Simple formulas like take a music lesson followed by practicing the lesson followed by another lesson will result in learning to play an instrument. Playing the instrument may be viewed as success. Playing the instrument well may be viewed as another level of success. Giving up after a year because you don't play the instrument well results in an enormous waste of the time of both the teacher and the student and an enormous waste of somebody's money!

In evaluating what it takes to be success, I have distilled the process down to seven (7) steps, each represented by a letter. The letter P appears three times so, as in all scientific formulae, it is represented as P to the third power.

The following overviews GFOPPPA, the Success Formula:


Set them! Be precise! And set a deadline to reach this goal. Don't have hazy goals like, "I want to be rich," or " I want to be famous," or "I want to be successful," or "I want to be happy." Those words are much too general.

Decide exactly what rich means to you in terms of money, possessions, family, knowledge, sales figures, whatever. Be specific in your goals. Is success a title? Is it power? Power over what or whom? A company, an association, a neighborhood? Who has to know or recognize you and your success in order for you to be famous? Is it a community, an industry, your father?

Once you know what you want and recognize how you know when you have reached "success," it's time to set both short term and long term goals. Setting short-term goals is like planning where you will stop each night on a cross-country trip. Reaching each new overnight stop is a cause to celebrate that you are closer to your destination and helps you motivate yourself with signs of your progress. This is very important because you may be the ONLY one who is encouraging you to get there. Too many people around you will be there as negative-cheerleaders telling you every reason why you shouldn't even try to go wherever you want to go and telling you why you will never get there! Make a sharp turn away from those people. They are the fallen trees across your personal road to success, and like the fallen tree and every other obstacle in your way, you need to get over them!

Think of your goals as rings on an archery target. The more practice you have at aiming and firing, the closer you will come to hitting the mark. But, if you just load arrows in your bow and shoot without a specific target in front of you, you will use up alot of arrows and alot of energy, you'll have arrows lying all over the field, but it will be impossible for you to see specific achievement.

Creating a goal means you must take a wish and give it a date by which you will make it come true. Otherwise, your goal will remain just a wish. Too many people have taken great ideas and big plans to their grave, having done little more than fantasize about what they "could-a, should-a, would-a" done.

It's never too late to define your goals and begin your steps to implement steps to reach them. Even if you never reach the stars, the trip to the moon will have been worth the journey.


True, or not, Michelangelo is reported to have described how easy it was to create his famous statue of David simply by removing from the block of marble all of the parts that clearly were not part of David, thus leaving the remaining sublime work of art as a result. The value of this anecdote lies in the simplicity of the lesson it tries to teach. That is that a goal is achieved as the result of clear focus.

The first priority is defining and understanding the goal. The second priority is to cut away, cut through, and remove all parts, pieces, obstacles and temptations that are not directly related to the goal. Be careful not to get caught up or sidetracked. The concept of FOCUS cannot be overstressed!

To help you stay focused, do the following things:

1) Write down your goal. Keep the statement of your goal simple so that it is easy to "mumble" through your mind, and under your breath, frequently.

2) Write your goal on a tent-card like one that you might find marking your place at an elegant dinner. Place the tent card in places that you look at frequently, like the corner of your desk, next to your telephone, on a windowsill, next to your sink, on your night table, in your briefcase, wallet and coat pocket. Confront yourself with your goal as often as possible.

3) Impose discipline upon yourself. No one is going to do this for you if you are a mature adult. This is something your are going to have to do for yourself. Make the conscious decision that you are going to ignore temptations to be distracted, to be lazy, to waste time, to waste energy on things that you know will interfere with attaining your goal. You can get there or you can tell stories your whole like about how you could have gotten there. It's your choice.

3) If you are a company executive or team leader and your goal is a corporate goal, y ou will want to be sure that EVERYONE know and understands your goal and that each person knows the role that everyone must play in achieving the goal. Post the goal EVERYWHERE . . . on the office bulletin board, put notes with the goal written on it in pay envelopes, place the goal at time clocks, start and end office memos with goal reminders.

4) If you have a personal goal that you want to keep private but still keep before your own eyes, abbreviate your goal by using the first letter of each key word. Whether the goal is LTA (Land That Account), LTP (Lose Ten Pounds) or GCO( get the corner office), or IS200(Increase Sales 200%) , the constant reminder will help you choose to do only those things which keep you on track and disciplined to reach your goal.


This commentary was written and Copyrighted by Stephanie Abrams. All Rights Reserved. 2001