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Load the Dice In your Favour

Load the Dice in Your Favour

Load the Dice in Your Favour

Imagine three dice: one represents "you", the second represents "other people", and the third represents "circumstances".

In any given situation, for you to be successful, all three have to perform at a high level - score a 6.

If you are good, but the others are not, then you won't succeed.

If the others are good but you are not, you won't succeed.

If you and the others are good, but circumstances are not right, then you won't succeed.

For you to be successful, you have to be at your best (scoring a 6), the others have to be performing at level 6, and circumstances have to be conducive to a successful outcome (be at a 6).

It's not easy to succeed because it's not often that all three dice are showing a six simultaneously.

Over which of these three dice do you have any control?

The only dice over which you have control is your own. Only you can decide to put in your best efforts or not.

The danger is that when other people let you down, or circumstances are hostile, it's easy for us to let that become the signal to drop our own performance from a 6 to less than a six.

When circumstances are harsh and people let us down, it's very tempting to give up and to reduce performance down to a two or three.

But when your performance is not at a six, it is impossible to be successful, because even if other people were scoring a six and circumstances were scoring a six, but you are scoring a three, then the conditions are not right for you to be successful.

The implication is that every single day, it is our responsibility to "throw a six", or not even throw a six; but to place our dice on the table showing a six, and we wait for the other dice - other people, and circumstances - to roll in our favour.


It takes self-discipline and understanding to keep "rolling a six" even on the days other people let you down and on the days that circumstances seem hostile.

The only way to get three sixes on the same day is for us to ensure that the first dice (our dice) remains at a steady six every day, even on the days that we don't feel like it.

Every day, even on days that other people let us down.

Every day, even when circumstances seem hostile.

In this way we can load the dice in our favour, and we will inevitably win, since if you keep rolling three dice for long enough, you will inevitably (eventually) throw a treble six.

And that means you will find success you dream of, but ONLY IF YOU throw a six every day!

About the Author: Chris Farmer


Chris Farmer is the founder of the Corporate Coach Group and has many years’ experience in training leaders and managers, in both the public and private sectors, to achieve their organisational goals, especially during tough economic times. He is also well aware of the disciplines and problems associated with running a business.

Over the years, Chris has designed and delivered thousands of training programmes and has coached and motivated many management teams, groups and individuals. His training programmes are both structured and clear, designed to help delegates organise their thinking and, wherever necessary, to improve their techniques and skills.

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