Yesterday I was watching a video of Brian Tracy shot a few decades ago. It’s pretty amazing what Youtube can do because I wanted to analyze the body posture of Brian from back then compared to what it is today. He expresses the same confidence he expressed in the past, that self-confidence that he talks most about.
However, this post is not about my virtual mentor, who I’m very thrilled of because I’ll be meeting Brian next week in a seminar he’s holding in a nearby city. The old video that I was watching was about 10 keys to personal power. It caught my full attention when he started talking about the expediency factor.
Expediency Factor and Failure
According to Brian Tracy, the major reason why people fail is because of the expediency factor, that is: we always tend to take the fastest and the easiest route to the things that we want. And that’s almost always the route to failure.
We do things by this rule: “Short-term gain for Long-term pain.” (B.T.)
Why we, the creatures of excellence, focus on what’s fun and easy rather than what’s more difficult and necessary?
I find that the expediency factor has a lot to do with the path of least resistance. It’s easier for us just to meet the minimum requirements in our daily jobs.
Why aren’t we motivated of getting more work done and possibly get a promotion?
It’s also easier to get the minimum passing grade on an exam rather than shooting for an excellent grade. That’s why it’s also easier to be mediocre than shoot for success.
Hard and Necessary
I’d like to give a different meaning to this “hard and necessary” that Brian talks about. But let me give you and example of it.
Right now (2014) I’m writing a book. It would be fun and easy if the book could write for itself and I would only hit the publish button. Oh, what a wonderful world!
However, I need to motivate myself everyday to open the file and continue on writing. Once I get started, it is extremely enjoyable. The hardest is to get started. And I think this is the hardest part mostly because I have so many things going on everyday and that I have to fully dedicate myself to writing and researching once opening the book file.
This is one of my current “hard and necessary”. But it’s not like that. It may be hard until starting it. It may also be hard because I have to do it everyday. So, consistency on a daily basis can turn to “hard” because there are some days when I have really urgent stuff to do all day long and I may not find the time to work on the book. Yet, I have to do it.
So, if you do something you really enjoy, it will not be hard.
Again, I like to attribute the word “hard” to perseverance and consistency, that is:
To be able to keep pushing and focusing on the same goals, to be able to change approaches as often as necessary until you’re able to concoct the right formula for what you do.
This right formula may only work for a certain period of time (if it implies technology and other factors subjective to consequent change) or it can work indefinitely (if it is based on human values, which are not affected by the illusion of time)
It’s been almost a year since I started this website. Much has changed ever since, both in terms of the looks of the website and also in terms of me as a person. Even though it does not make decent money yet, it will in the long-run. I know it. However, that’s not my focus.
If it were for the money, I’d have given up a few months after starting it. I don’t know where I got the motivation to push through for so long because besides not generating anything ($) worthwhile, it did not generate traffic as well.
I’ve changed so many things, so many different approaches for so many times. I even changed domain names (thanks Jan and Navid) which happened to be a smart move because it’s starting to pay off.
My focus with this website is to touch the lives of as many people as I can and help them through what I know best. The fact that I wasn’t money driven killed the expediency factor.
You see, most of us use the expediency factor in our lives to get things done quicker, to get money easier and faster. I’ve learned from my virtual mentors that such people will never be happy. They will never be satisfied and they will most likely never meet with their goals.
Passion is what makes successful people successful.
I want to define successful in the context of my writings. I find a successful person as one who, through developing on their multiple intelligences, is able to enhance the quality of his physical, mental, spiritual, emotional, and material lives.
Again, the best way to kill the expediency factor is not to focus on the material side. If you put your passions first, if you develop upon these passions and if you put them at work to improve other people’s lives, you will not have to focus on money ever again. Trust me on this, please.
Do what you do best. Do what you enjoy. Do it consistently and put it at work for other people.
It’s just like that. You don’t have to focus on complex strategies and different complicated growth plans (and many of my friends disagree on this) because it will mostly derive you from what’s important, that is: give something to others. If you focus on strategies, you focus on yourself.
Don’t get me wrong: You need strategies. But don’t channel all your energy and resources into them.
By the way, do you think that Buffet, Gates, or Zuckerberg would have gotten so far if their primary focus was to be on the top of the rich list? There was no expediency factor in what they did. There was passion.
Beware of the Expediency Factor – To-do List
1. Do not put money first
If you really want to have some milestones, be more humanistic. If you’re striving online, better focus on traffic and on the strong connections you build with people, rather than on conversions.
2. As Don Trump would like to say: Be passionate!
Your passion keeps the expediency factor at ease. Your passion turbo boosts your motivation engines and keep you fueled and aroused for as long as the journey lasts.
Tony Robbins says there’s nothing more powerful that someone focusing on one thing only. He talks about “concentration of power” in his book Awaken the Giant Within. Very few people can do it. Those who do it achieve mastery and greatness. Focus and expediency cannot coexist.
Focus on your passion and you shall see magic happen.
4. Enjoy the ride
Most of us are goal driven. That’s not a bad thing. Often times if not most of the times the journey toward these goals is ever empowering, enjoyable, and wisdom-cultivating. The journey itself builds you up to be prepared to meet with your goals. Enjoy it!
5. Give before receiving
I can never over-emphasize on this. I think this is one of the most important ways by which the universe rests assured that only those who really deserve success will get it. This is the way by which the universe or God, if you may, makes sure self-centered (ego-driven) people will not get anywhere. This is an immutable law.
You don’t have to look for God and the applicability of this law outside, exterior to yourself. Look inside. Look in your inner universe.
Zig Ziglar said that the healthiest of the human emotions is gratitude. Gratitude and selfishness cannot co-exist under the same roof (mind).
You don’t have to trust me on this “give before receiving”. Examples are all over the place. Just look for them. See Vaynerchuk and Kawasaki for social validation, see Tolle for spiritual validation, see Goleman for emotional validation. See your inner-self and embrace these concepts.
I’m pretty positive that after reading this, most of you will say: “Ah, those many people who expedite things in their lives will never get anywhere!”
But why do you say that? Can’t you see you’re in the same position?
Identify with this situation and you’ll do both yourself and the world a big favor. And you’ll be part of the plot of making the world a better place.
Critics and non-critics: all opinions are welcomed. Shoot me a message in either of the comment sections below and I’ll try to keep my calm and my ego as “caged” as possible.
1. Brian Tracy – The Power of Self-Confidence
2. Zig Ziglar – See you at the Top
3. Tony Robbins – Awaken the Giant Within
4. Eckhart Tolle – The Power of Now
5. Daniel Goleman – Emotional Intelligence
6. Howard Gardner – Multiple Intelligences
7. Guy Kawasaki – Enchantment
8. Gary Vaynerchuk – The Thank You Economy