DO Something. Moving Past the Planning Stage
We all know somebody who LOVES the planning stage, but when the time comes to DO SOMETHING, they just can’t seem to get there.
Goals are great and having supportive people cheering you on is great. Having a plan on how to get there is also great, BUT, if you don’t actually take action, you will never see the results of those powerful elements.
I have a super easy way to initiate your momentum and then help you maintain it. I have been doing it for years.
I learned this very valuable habit from Jack Canfield in The Success Principles. It’s called “The Rule of 5.” At the beginning of the day you write down five things that you are going to do that will help you get closer to all your goals. Check them off as you complete them.
These are some examples of what might be in my daily five:
- Read for half an hour (goal being to read one book a month)
- Drink 6 glasses of water (goal being to drink 8 glasses a day)
- Visualization and looking over goals (related to all goals)
- Prepare for an important call (work-related goal)
- Brainstorm marketing (work-related)
Five things a day is a lot and is ideal IF you have multiple goals in mind. If you find five things over-whelming, or have only have one goal in mind, commit to doing one thing every day that gets you closer to your goal. Every. Single. Day.
It’s pretty simple.
It’s fun to plan things, research our goals, and get more educated, but at some point you have to get off your heiny and do something. Having a short list of things to check off helps with that. Even better, have someone to whom you must report your list. Next week I will share how an accountability partner will ensure your success.
I love this metaphor: If you would go every day to a very large tree and take five swings at it with a sharp axe, eventually, no matter how large the tree, it would have to come down. If you do five things, every day, to take you closer to the life you want, eventually you will get there.
My challenge for you is: Write down one thing that you are going to do TODAY to take you closer to your goal.
I am rooting for you!