Being and Knowing

   The Formula for Success

For whatever it is you that want to achieve, there is a very simple formula for getting you from your current situation to what you're trying to achieve. 

Time, effort, focus, and awareness are the sine qua non of achievement.

Not achieving your intended goal is because of some derivation of one or more of these 4 things. 

The physical requirements are: Time & Effort

The mental: Focus & Awareness

The result is: Being & Knowing


Applying oneself to that which should be avoided,

not applying oneself to that which should be pursued,

and giving up the quest,

one who goes after pleasure envies them who exert themselves. 


Time and Effort

"If I've learned nothing else, it's that time and practice equal achievement"

                                                                     -- Andre Agassi

    Persistence overcomes resistance!

The continual application of time and effort will keep advancing the desired effect.  Whether studying for a test, an better golf swing, karate, or practicing a musical instrument, it is time and effort that is the requirement that will achieve results that inborn inheritance cannot.  In this case, so to speak, nurture is superior to nature.

Time 2 4 6 8 10
Effort 2 4 6 8 10
Achievement 4 16 36 64 100

Necessity may be the mother of invention, but repetition is the father of success.

Focus and Awareness

Time and effort without focus & awareness is wasted time and wasted effort.  If you're watching tv while learning to play guitar, you won't advance very much at all.  If you are looking at the moon through a telescope and then it comes into focus - everything becomes clear.  Awareness is the moon in relation to earth, the sun, the stars, etc.  Like in the equation A² + B² = C², if A is constant, B & C move co-relative to each other, knowing this is awareness.  

Achievement = (Time and Effort) * (Focus and Awareness)

Time Effort Focus Awareness Acheivement
10 10 4 4 1600
7 7 7 7 2401
10 10 10 10 10000

Focus (energy) creates illumination (a field of view) that allows us to process more data. 

Awareness allows us to perceive the interaction of multiple elements in order to register information on deeper levels. 

Being and Knowing

And that is the self, the wholeness of the personality, which if all goes well is harmonious, but which cannot tolerate self-deceptions.  

You are what you are, and you know what you are.  Truth validates itself through vibrations in the soul. 

Being and knowing is what exists when the illusion of your ego is illuminated by your conscious mind, which happens when a certain quietness and peace sets in (which is why they send you to solitary confinement).

“A person with a soiled conscious, even in the most comfortable of beds can not sleep”

The connections between this model and the path to peace are remarkably similar.  As with morality, the most important ingredient of time and effort is not doing bad things.  You maximize the use of your time and effort by using focus and awereness.  Your ego often speaks in the louder voice and gives you bad advice in either overvaluing your work or saying that the task is not worth your effort.  But when silence emerges your conscious voice knows the truth - when the lights come on the shadows come out.  Focus and awareness are synonymous with the mindfulness and concentration required to achieve peace.  Being and knowing is a matter of right thought and right wisdom. 

[1] Is there any scientific proof for this?  No.  Does it pretty much resemble how it is?  Yes.

[2] Just as a computer computes more effectively when lots of programs aren’t running in the background.