The third element in, Success Leaves Traces, is Amplification. You have your list, you’ve sequenced it, now you need to amplify it. Since the idea of amplification may be new to you, let’s first define it.
Amplification, in this instance, is a process in which you take an idea and improve upon it in three specific ways; efficiency, time and desired results.
- What can you do to make the task more efficient?
- What can you do to complete your task in less time?
- What can you do to improve upon or increase the desired results?
If your objective is to lose weight and one of the observations you made was that a person who does physical activity loses weight faster, you’d find out if there is some exercise you could do that would be more efficient, take less time than what most people do and get better results.
If your objective is to build an addition on your house, you want to discover how you can do it the fastest, best and most efficient way. In this case, the obvious option may be to have someone more qualified than you build it.
If someone is more qualified, they have more specific knowledge on how to do it, and they can get it done more effectively, in a shorter period of time with better results, the logical conclusion is to have them do it.
I seriously believe many people make their jobs harder by believing they are the most qualified person for the task, when in many cases, this is not true. If the task is something which does not require your direct input, my advice to you would be to seriously consider having someone more qualified complete the task.
To be successful, each task you do in order to accomplish a particular objective must be done in the most efficient manner, shortest time and, if possible, you need to be able to improve upon the end result. If you follow this simple formula, you’ll increase the desired outcome and the speed in which your objectives are obtained.
At this point you need to brainstorm. Look at each one of the observations you’ve created and deliberate the three “amplification” steps. But, here’s the secret…you MUST brainstorm with the simple belief that nothing is impossible!
Too many times people let their own personal belief, knowledge and opinion get in the way. This is what typically holds them back from achieving true greatness.
They fill their head with thoughts like, “I can’t do that.” “There’s no possible way to have that done.” “There’s no way I can do it that way.” Remember, in today’s day and age, almost anything is possible.
Look for what I refer to as the perfect world scenario in which nothing is impossible! Think about it…if you had all the resources in the world, how would you accomplish the task?
If nothing was impossible, what would you do in order to complete the task and how would you do it? Then look to see if it exists, and if doesn’t exist, can it be created? If it doesn’t exist and it can’t be created, what’s the next best thing? Remember, you’re looking for a perfect world scenario.
Go at it with the attitude that nothing is impossible or stupid and nothing is out of reach. You want to use a “perfect world scenario” on each and every one of your observations.
Think Outside Yourself
Forget money. Forget time constraints. Forget knowledge. Forget everything you know. Think outside yourself! The problem many people have, is they ONLY think with their own personal knowledge, so by default, they inherit their own innate limitations.
You don’t want to think that way. If you do, you’ll never get any farther than where you are right now! To advance you MUST go beyond yourself and harness the knowledge and the skill that is all around you. You MUST leverage your knowledge with the knowledge of the world.
People tend to put themselves in a box. I don’t want to sound too cliché about this but people tend to work inside a very tight and confined space. It’s what they’re accustomed to and comfortable with, what they know about…and that’s as far as they go. If anything goes outside of that space, they immediately shut down.
Amplify Your Observations
When you look at the observations you’ve made, is there a time saving way and is there a way to do each and every one of these to get improved upon results? If so what is it?
Don’t just write down one idea for each of your observations. Take each of your observations and make that a project within itself. You want to make a list of as many improvements as you possibly can in as many different ways, as you can, for each one of those observations.
If you do this, you can research and figure out how to make it better.
Improve upon it…don’t satisfy yourself with what the norm is. BUT…don’t spend to much time on researching or this will ultimately become your crutch i.e. an excuse as to why you’re not completing the actual task at hand.