Practice The Rule Of 5

I am reading Jack Canfield’s book The Success Principles–How To Get From Where You Are To Where You Want To Be.

Of course, you recognize Canfield as one of the co-creators of the Chicken Soup For The Soul series.

The book consists of a series of success principles, each one short and to the point. It makes for easy to digest chunks of inspiration information. I am tying to discipline myself to read one or two principles each morning during my planning time.

Principle 23 is Practice The Rule Of 5.

I often find myself full of ideas and plans that will take me down the path to achieving a goal or finishing a project. The problem is I usually look at all the things I want or need to do and confusion sets in.

Where do I start? What do I do first?

Or doubt will rear its ugly head and shout, “This is too big, Randy. It’s beyond your capabilities!”

Canfield’s Principle 23 divides any task into bite size chunks, and helps make even the most ambitious project less intimidating.

Practice The Rule Of 5 simply tells you to do five things each and every day that will move you closer to achieving your goal. You can make the five tasks as small as you want.

In the past I have let weeks pass by (okay, if Linda is reading this, maybe it’s months) not accomplishing five tasks. I have let confusion and lack of direction lead to inaction!

What a difference this simple strategy could make in all areas of our lives. Take any goal and ask yourself what five things could you do today–no matter how small– that would represent progress. Five things a day too much? How about beginning with five things per week? Surely if the goal is worth reaching, or the project worth finishing, you can take five steps forward in a week.

And what about your relationships? What five things can you do to improve your relationship with your spouse, a child, a co-worker?

Progress towards any goal, professional or personal, is certainly good for the soul. I for one will be practicing the rule of five.

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