Success Is The Sum Of Small Efforts Over Time
Through persistent and consistent effort you will find the path to living in the magic of life. The Rule of Five is simply to consistently identify and complete at least five things every day toward achieving one of your goals. Persistent effort is the hallmark of all successful people on this planet. The Rule of Five is a really powerful principle and when applied will deliver all your dreams. No matter how large the goal or how daunting achieving your Banner or major Goal may seem. If you break it up into small bite size chunks, you will realize that anything becomes possible for you.
Through the application of this remarkable, yet very simple rule Mark Victor Hanson and Jack Canfield were able to get Chicken Soup for the Soul to the Top of the New York Times best Seller List. Reaching the Top of the Best Seller List was not publishing phenomena as many believe, but rather a phenomenon of persistence and the consistent application of the Rule of Five.
They followed a strict regimen for over two years of arranging five radio interviews a day or sending out five copies or calling five sales people etc that got them the desired results. It was indeed the culmination of thousands of individual efforts that gave them the result they both wanted. They eventually sold over eight million copies of Chicken Soup for the Soul in 49 different languages.
I challenge you to choose a really audacious huge goal and to build a plan that will help you to achieve the goal. One of the easiest ways I have found to start this process is to first identify the people that I need to contact to get the ball rolling. This is an easy step that seems to act as a catalyst that not only helps break the bonds of procrastination, but it opens your mind to start looking for people that can assist you and opportunities that have been staring you in the face for ages seem to miraculously appear.
Complete the worksheet below to help you to identify the people that can help you realize your Banner or major Goal. Make a list of all the people who you think you can contact, that can offer you advice or assistance with achieving your Banner or major Goal. Split all these people into sets of five each and then add this to your daily TO DO list. You will be amazed at how people are willing to help you if they you approach them correctly.
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Once you have completed this exercise and you are taking action every day, carrying out at least five actions from your list. You then use the next tool in the process, namely Mind Mapping.
To begin moving toward achieving your goals and dream, you will need to create a map, detailing exactly what you need to do to get you there. You need to create milestones and landmarks along the way and develop a very clear picture of the journey ahead. Once you identify the small yet consistent steps that you will take every day to move you toward achieving your dreams, you will build the momentum you need to achieve all your goals. If you take consistent and calculated action every day you will live your dreams and live in the abundance you deserve.
One of the tools that can help you break your goals into realistic action steps is “MIND MAPPING” First; begin in the center with the topic or focus of your map, then branch out from the center with all of the ideas that come to mind. You can also branch off of an existing branch with connected ideas. Think of how the brain works: the brain does not think of things in order or from top left, but rather it visualizes in the center of our mental field and ideas bounce off each other in no particular order. This non-linear way of capturing your ideas reflects the way ideas are developed in the brain, and gives you a lot of flexibility, yet allows you to structure your thoughts at the same time.
I recommend that you download some free software on the internet at www.smartdraw.com this software will simplify the process of mind mapping. This will allow you to very quickly and effortlessly break your goals down into action steps. You begin in the centre with a square like the one below and then you develop branches as you think of the things you will need to do to realize your goal.
This map must include all the resources you will require, such as individuals that you will need to ask for assistance, knowledge you will need to acquire, tasks that you will need to complete etc. Once you have broken the main goal into smaller branches, then break each of these into smaller chunks that will ultimately lead you to realizing your banner goal.
Keep adding to your map until you have exhausted all the possible ideas. This is a complex and very important part of realizing your dreams, please give this process as much energy and emotion as possible, the results that you will enjoy will be worth all the effort.
Many people fail to take action because they’re afraid to fail. Successful people, on the other hand, realize that failure is an important part of the learning process.
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