The most powerful, and yet the most basic, force on earth is hope. Hope moves you to action, and actions create results. Hope is a superhero power that you can use anytime you need it. For years, my children have been fans of the superheroes they see in movies, and they often discuss what they would like to have as a superhero power. Right now, you might be thinking my kids are elementary age. They are not! They are adults! Yes, they all imagine having a superhero power to enable them to help them in times of trouble.

Using hope as your superhero power gives you courage to do the necessary things when times are hard, when you are tired, when the weather is bad, and when you can’t see how you can possibly keep going. Hope described as your superhero power is the critical factor in all success. Lacking a superhero power will cripple you, bringing you and any hope you have to a screeching halt. You will begin to look at the work associated with your goals as drudging, dull and drab. Your superhero power is the force you need in order to break out of the prison of mediocrity you have been living in.

So, I ask you, if you could wave a magic wand and get a real-world superhero power, what power would you want? Or in other words, what result are you passionate about creating? What are you hoping your business will give you? Your superhero power is your hope, passion, or definition of success.

If you have a negative emotion around the word or concept of setting and achieving goals, let me help you reframe the idea of goals. Goals are nothing more than your definition of what you hope for and are passionate about; in other words, your desired superhero power is your goal.

People with negative emotions around dreaming and goal setting, they either have not set realistic goals up to now, or have not achieved them, time after time, or didn’t FOCUS Follow One Course Until Successful.

Hence, their conditions of victory were never met. After all, why set goals in the first place if the process will only ensure pain when failure occurs?

FAIL is the second of the three ‘F Words’ of success. It stands for ‘Fantastic Adventure In Learning.’ The truth is that no one fails—everyone creates a result of some kind. If the result you are currently experiencing is not what you envisioned or imagined, then look at what you created and consider it an adventure to learn from, and then change your approach.

My personal experience and extensive research into the key factors that help successful people consistently achieve their conditions of victory rests with the answers to these three questions:

1) What do you want?

2) How will your life be different when you get what you want? and

3) On a scale from 1 to 10, how willing are you to do the things that will create what you want?

Funny how it always comes back to willingness! The most basic of these activities is finding hope and expressing it as a superhero power. If you are rolling your eyes at this critical step in the success recipe, just remember that hope and passion are trademarks of a successful person.

High achievers learn to apply the 3 questions as a kind of litmus test to everything they do. They review their activities throughout the day, and they use their superhero power to say “no thank you” to everything that doesn’t move them closer to their hopes, passions, or dreams.

The litmus-test questions are these:

1) What do you want?

2) How will your life be different when you get what you want? and

3) On a scale from 1 to 10, how willing are you to do the things that will create what you want?

So, I ask you, if you could wave a magic wand and get a real-world superhero power, what power would you want? How will your life be different when you get that superhero power and how willing are you to get it?