The Formula for Success
May 30, 2017
What is holding you back from becoming a more positive and productive owner-operator?
Author Jack Canfield raises the question on his blog by asking,
“What prevents you from achieving the success you want? Is it a lack of money, free time, or opportunities at work? Have you not achieved your goals because of the economy, what your business colleagues have done (or not done), or the lack of motivation among your employees?
If you responded to my question with a laundry list of reasons why you aren’t where you want to be, you’re not alone. Most people automatically find excuses and blame others when things don’t work out the way they want.”
The most successful people know that how they respond to the events in their lives is more important and more impactful than the actual events themselves.
However, the problem is that most people do not think this way. Many people respond to challenging or negative events in their lives by making excuses or blaming others. The problem with this negative mindset is that it traps you in your current situation instead of moving you beyond it. Blaming others will always prevent you from going forward, from learning and growing, and from overcoming what you’re facing.
Urban Meyer, one of the most successful college football coaches in history, shares with his football players a formula that he believes is a difference-maker. The formula is:
E + R = O (Event + Response = Outcome)
Here’s the main idea behind this formula. You can’t control all the events in your life but you can control your response to them. Which makes your response the key to changing the outcome.
The trucker’s life is filled with an incredible amount of uncontrollable events. You have accidents and traffic delays, wait times for loading and unloading, truck and trailer repairs, delays at tank washout facilities, other drivers on the roads to negotiate, and the unpredictability of the weather. Each day brings all sorts of challenges and potential obstacles a truck driver cannot control. The only thing you can control is how you respond to these events.
In his book Above the Line Coach Meyer says,
"It’s important to understand that success is not determined by the situations you experience. Success is determined by how you choose to manage the R.
Every day you make R Factor decisions. You choose what actions you will take or not take in pursuit of your goals. You choose whether to give up or persevere through the inevitable obstacles you will experience. You choose how to interact with people at work and family at home.
Every day you make decisions about how to respond. And how you respond makes all the difference.
It is the factor that determines the quality of your life."
If you are perpetually grumpy and unhappy, if you are unsatisfied with your job or the relationships in your life, if you find yourself feeling negative about your life’s circumstances, it is time to take a look at your R. You will never be able to control every event but you can always control your response to it. So it doesn’t make any sense to allow negatively and blame to control you. The more you respond in that way, the more negative the outcome will be.
The truck driver who embraces this idea and refuses to allow events to dictate the outcomes he or she experiences will 100% guaranteed at the end of the day a more successful driver. Give it a try and see what a difference maker E + R = O really is.