The 3 A’s of Success

by Krantcents · 37 comments

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The 3 A’s of Success is part of a series of articles to help you reach your goal.  What are your goals? I know you thought about it!  You know, it is your dream, wish or resolution you made!  Before you can get to where you want to be, you need to know where you are going.  You wouldn’t get on a bus, train or plane without knowing where it was going.  Simple enough or is it?

Where do I start?

When I was very young I learned how to shoot a rifle.  I was in the 4-H Club and we went to the rifle range very often.  I learned how to shoot a 22 caliber rifle at targets outside.  Shooting a rifle was fun, but I learned more than just shooting a rifle.  I learned how to operate something that was potentially dangerous with a lot of rules.  I learned I was pretty good at this because many years later I was an expert in five (5) weapons in the army.  I learned something else that helps me reach my goals.


You cannot hit a target until you aim!  Obvious, but so many people forget this elementary rule when it comes to goal setting.  The very first A of success is Aim.  The best way to aim at the target is to set goals.  The best method of goal setting is SMART goals.  What do the letters mean?  S is specific, M is measurable, A is attainable, R is realistic and T is timely.  Specific means describing the exact goal.  Who, what, where, when, which, and why will make it specific.  Measurable means you will know if you achieved the goal or not.  Attainable brings out your personal traits and skills that you need to make something you find important to happen.  Realistic means you are willing and able to reach the objective.  Timely is the time frame for the goal.


By now you are shooting at the target and either missing the target entirely or high or low on the target.  What do you do?  You adjust your efforts!  After you establish your goals, you monitor your progress and adjust your efforts to reach your goals.  When you are shooting, you look at where your shots landed and adjust you aim.  You may have to allow for wind and other elements, but you adjust your aim.  Goal setting is exactly the same.  You monitor your progress and adjust your efforts taking into account your progress.


You set your goals, monitored your progress and adjust your efforts!  Now what?  This is why adjusting your efforts is so important; you keep adjusting until you succeed!  You should achieve something and even if you don’t, keep adjusting until you do.  Successful people when they encounter failure keep trying until they succeed.  As you start to accomplish part of your goal, success adds to your motivation to keep going and achieve.  I remember going on a diet to lose some weight.  As I started to lose weight and enjoy success, it motivated me to lose additional weight.

Final Thoughts

This is the beginning of a series of articles about success; I expect to publish throughout 2012.  There will be twenty-six (26) of them, one for each letter of the alphabet.  The 3 A’s of success is my first because you cannot reach success without knowing where you are going.  Setting a goal is very important, but just picking a goal is misleading.  It should meet the criteria of SMART goals.  Many people come up with vague wishes and call them goals.  I call them wishes or dreams!  It takes more to convert a wish or dream into something that can be achieved.  I cannot hit the target, if I do not know where it is. Just identifying the goal is the first step.  Monitoring and adjusting your efforts will help you achieve your goals.

I am starting this series because I run into so many people who have difficulty reaching success.  They want to know my secrets!  So I thought I would share them in a format that will be most helpful.  I also think this format may make it more interesting and easier to use. My goal in these articles to provide useful and interesting information that will help you succeed.  The 3 A’s of Success is now a series.

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Jen @ Master the Art of Saving January 16, 2012 at 10:16 am

This post is a great start for your series. I’m very excited to read the series this year; your posts always get me thinking. Great post! :-)

krantcents January 16, 2012 at 11:15 am

Thank you, I just hope I don’t run out of ideas. I am trying to keep about three (3) articles ahead so I have plenty of time.

AverageJoe January 16, 2012 at 12:33 pm

I find with investments that people seem more likely to evaluate new investments than adjust current holdings. Your Adjust portion of plannning is a HUGE part of getting what you want.

Maria@moneyprinciple January 16, 2012 at 12:48 pm

I like this post very much. I don’t shoot, never have done (although there is a picture of me carrying a weapon but this is another story) – but this is wonderful comparison and easy to remember. Like the ‘adjust’ part – most people tend to forget this.

krantcents January 16, 2012 at 12:51 pm

Thanks, you can remember it as the 3 A’s of Success! :

krantcents January 16, 2012 at 12:49 pm

Adjust is for everything since you are making progress toward your goal. You may just need additional effort or a small change.

20sFinances January 16, 2012 at 5:30 pm

I like the idea of this series! Being successful is what everyone wants.

krantcents January 16, 2012 at 5:40 pm

You’re right, who wants to be a failure or poor?

Squirrelers January 16, 2012 at 5:51 pm

Good stuff here, Krantcents. Have to agree on all 3 of course. I think that the “Adjust” part is one that’s really underrated. Change is constant, and it seems like things change more often each passing year. With this increased velocity of change, it’s important to have the skill of being able to adjust. Flexibility and resiliency can take someone a long way.

krantcents January 16, 2012 at 6:12 pm

Staying flexible and adapting to change is very important. I am referring to adjusting your effort in reaching your goal. Let’s say yu are within 80% of reaching your goal, you may adjust your effort to achieve the last 20%.

101 Centavos January 17, 2012 at 4:05 am

Very good post, KC.
We occasionally go out to the rifle range.  With *proper instruction*, I think it also teaches respect for safety and mindfulness. 

krantcents January 17, 2012 at 6:46 am

It is also a metaphor for goals. Learning responsibility is not bad either.

Miss T January 17, 2012 at 7:35 am

I really like how you included adjust in this. There are lots of times we can set out to do something but then realize that without making some changes we won’t get to where we want to go. I have had to make numerous adjustments in my life and by approaching these adjustments with open arms, I am much happier person. For those who don’t like to change, this kind of thing really upsets them. 

krantcents January 17, 2012 at 3:40 pm

Thanks! Adjusting your efforts is just part of every goal setting.

Jai Catalano January 17, 2012 at 8:31 am

Great topic… Success. Yes I always aim for the stars and then fall on the moon. 

krantcents January 17, 2012 at 3:41 pm

I hope that means you are successful. I hope you can read the whole series.

Christa January 17, 2012 at 2:59 pm

Great start to a new series! Very interesting and informative.

krantcents January 17, 2012 at 3:42 pm

Thanks, I hope you find it useful.

MyMoneyDesign January 17, 2012 at 4:20 pm

Nice start to the series.  And very relevant to success.  Looking forward to reading the rest of the alphabet!

krantcents January 17, 2012 at 4:37 pm

Thanks, I hope I can keep you interested.

MyMoneyDesign January 17, 2012 at 4:20 pm

Nice start to the series.  And very relevant to success.  Looking forward to reading the rest of the alphabet!

kc @ psychomoney January 17, 2012 at 7:49 pm

Great start, I will be watching for the rest of the alphabet.

krantcents January 17, 2012 at 7:56 pm

Thanks, I will try to keep you interested and returning for my other articles.

Untemplater January 18, 2012 at 12:55 am

This sounds like a really cool series KC.  I like how you’re gonna go through all the letters of the alphabet.  Aim and adjust are so important in order to achieve!  You nailed the A’s! -Sydney

krantcents January 18, 2012 at 6:32 am

Thanks, the rest of the series should be useful and interesting!

thefrugaltoad January 18, 2012 at 5:48 am

Nice an simple KC!  Without adjusting it would be difficult to reach your goal as the first few attempts often fall short.

krantcents January 18, 2012 at 6:33 am

Monitoring and adjusting is an important part of reaching your goal.

krantcents January 18, 2012 at 6:35 am

Very true, this is part of the reason I do daily tasks to reach my goal. I can adjust what I do in every task.

Buck Inspire January 20, 2012 at 8:52 pm

Great advice KC!  This may be your Achieve step, but many people are stuck with aiming and adjusting in their heads.  My contribution to your A’s is to act!  In the past, I think myself silly wanting the perfect plan.  In the end, all I have to show for my goal is a headache.

krantcents January 20, 2012 at 9:16 pm

You have to try things! In most cases, there is nothing lost, but time.

Invest It Wisely January 23, 2012 at 4:26 am

This looks like a neat and creative idea for a series! Looking forward to the rest.

krantcents January 23, 2012 at 6:38 am

Thanks, today I published the 3 B’s of Success.

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