Nov 25 2007
As most of you know I frequently sign my posts with Conceive It, Believe It, Achieve It. It begs the question; so what is it? It is a mantra or a motto that I learned way back in high school, I just did not understand it until recently. Now that I know what it is and how to use it, it is something that I repeat frequently, hence signing at the end of my posts.
Let me give a little history of how it came to be. My first big mentor was my High School Football Coach Jim Ooley. He was at the time of his retirement the greatest high school football coach in Michigan. Anyone who followed high school football in Michigan from the early 1970′s to the early 1990′s knew of Jim Ooley and Traverse City Football. I played for him during his final year. Err, I was on the team. I did not play much at all my Senior year compared to my Junior year. Maybe it was due to some nagging minor injuries or maybe it was because I was 145 pounds trying to play for the biggest school in Michigan and the #1 ranked team in the State.
I can’t recall how many times I heard Conceive It, Believe It, Achieve It, while I was playing for him. I did not completely understand it then. At the time I knew that the reason we were told that is because we were small, slow, and weak. We were frequently over matched athletically on the football field, but we rarely lost. Actually we only lost three games my entire Junior and Senior years, two in the semi finals, and one to our rival where we completely overlooked them. I knew that we needed to play as a team, and we needed to believe that we could win. I don’t remember a time that we did not think that we could win, and except for that one game. At the same time there was no time that we thought we could just walk in and beat anyone with ease. We knew we would win if we played as a team and played as close to mistake free as possible.
We simply had great coaching, and an undying belief that we could do it. It was not the X’s and O’s as we football coaches call it. In laymen terms it was not due to the plays that we won. It was how we were coached. I understood that part. What I did not understand was the rest.
While my wife and I were transforming our lives we kept running into things that were grouped in threes.
Be – Do – Have
Define – Learn – Do
Healthy – Wealthy – Wise
Ask – Believe – Receive
Conceive It – Believe It – Achieve It
and many more. It was then that suddenly I knew exactly what it was. It is a process for life.
Everything that you ever want to do, ever want to have, ever want to achieve can be broken down into a three step process. All those steps can be broken down even further, and further, and so on.
So what is next? First I will break down the different steps and what exactly they mean, then I will give some examples of how they can be used.
Conceive It, Believe It, Achieve It