By: Lisa Solomon
I recently spent an entire day in my home office attending Hawke Media’s virtual Quarantine Conference, and I have to say, it was one of the best days I’ve had since COVID-19 sent our world into crisis mode. Their excellent curation of speakers included Daymond John of Shark Tank, peak performance expert Todd Herman, and Brandon Webb, a navy seal sniper instructor.
One speaker that really resonated with me was Cameron Herold who is known as the “CEO Whisperer”. He shared the formula for success: focus, faith, and effort (FxFxE). He went on to demonstrate numerically just how important all of these factors really are to be successful. For example, let’s say you are at 50% for each of these variables. Multiply them together and you are only 12.5% likely to be successful. Even if these variables were at 80% for each, you are still only 51% likely to be successful, which means that you really need to be honest with yourself if you truly want to succeed.
All of these variables, focus, faith, and effort, are worthless on their own. You’ll need the complete equation to see results; let’s break down each variable and get honest with ourselves.
Focus – Start by thinking through your day, your week, and your month. How much time do you spend focusing on what really matters? Do you spend time answering emails, attending meetings that don’t move you forward, and perusing social media? Spend a week auditing what you focus your day on and get creative with the ways to increase your focus to 100%.
Faith – This variable can be difficult for many people, and at the end of the day, we’re going to put the most energy into what we believe. Sometimes faith comes from you, and other times it comes from others. Regardless, you must have to have faith in yourself. You have to believe in what you are doing. No matter what happens, in or outside of my control, I have faith in myself. I know that if I put my mind to anything I can achieve it.
Effort – Success comes from doing the hard stuff; it means you have to put in work to build a business or to achieve any of your goals. You must be willing to make sacrifices. Nothing comes easy and those that are the most successful know this and are willing to put in the effort EVERY DAY! While Atheneum Collective’s mantra is “Knowledge is Power”, it takes effort to turn that knowledge into action. Nothing in life is free, so even with focus and faith, you can’t be successful without effort.
The best part of this formula is that every part of it is within your control. You can choose to put in the focus, you can have the faith and put in all of your effort. Everything good takes time, so if you are struggling with any of these variables, don’t get too down on yourself. Every day is a new day to succeed.
Interested in learning more? I highly suggest checking out the full Quarantine Conference.