We all want something. It could be a new car, a different job or the ability to work from the comfort of your home. You get the point. What you have to remember is this— Wanting something doesn’t mean you’ll necessarily get it.
In order to realize your dreams and potential and to make the most of opportunity you first have to have a clear vision of what you want. This means, that it has to be more than just something you think about it.
I suggest getting a piece of paper, an index card or a chalkboard and writing one clear and concise sentence that sums of what you REALLY WANT!
Be careful, asking means receiving – so ask in terms of specifics. Make sure your sentence is powerful, void of negative words or ideas and completely uncensored. Here are a few good examples of mission sentences…
“I will earn 500,000 dollars a year!” “I will build a new house in 2 years!” “I will finish my college education and be a teacher!” You get the picture! Write down what you want in big bold faced capitol letters in as few words as possible to make it straight to the point.
For me, my goal is to create a completely automated business that lets me travel the world.
Now you are ready to take the next step…
The 5 Actions a Day Habit
Once your goal is clear, you need to commit right now to doing 5 things each and every day of your stinking life to making that dream come true. (This is something I’m doing with my 5 blog comments a day habit.)
Obviously, your five daily actions don’t have to be huge milestones. You should begin jotting down all your ideas for the five things that you could do each and every day that are relevant to your goal. Then you have TO DO THEM!
By taking five actions a day, you are essentially ensuring that you will take baby steps every day to get you where you want to be. These baby steps can turn into miles walked in a short period of time.
The best thing is that by taking things little by little you won’t be overwhelmed (the #1 reason dreams die) by trying to devour a huge goal overnight. It will also help you to stay focused on your goals and will help you to utilize the law of attraction as far as manifesting desires.
Taking Action on a Daily Basis
Wanting and desiring is only the first step in realization. Action is required. Far too many people are content just wanting and desiring with no real way of achieving anything in their lives. Okay…in other words, they are lazy.
You don’t have to be a creative genius to figure out 5 things a day to do either. Many days, the 5 things may be the same. For instance, if you want to start an online business, you have to research; and this research may take time.
So for the first few weeks, your five actions will be centered on information gathering. From there, you have to start setting up your site (more information and more tasks). Then you will have to add content and market which can also be split into groups of 5 things a day. Contact 5 advertisers a day or write 5 pieces of content a day.
If you are looking for six pack abs, similar steps apply. Maybe you commit to drinking 5 less beers a day, taking a walk or eating better. Eventually you are a beer-less, healthy eating, sit-up doing machine and in no time you look great without your shirt. Shallow, but worth it especially if you’re nearing 40!
Another suggestion is you can try to focus on one habit each month. This is something I’ve done for the last few months and it’s helped me grow in a number of areas in my life.
Too Much “To-Do” Often Means You Do NOTHING
The point is that having large goals in life is great. But trying to reach for them all at once will only lead to frustration and confusion, which effectively puts out the flame of desire and replaces it with laziness and lack.
Just as you wrote a succinct mission statement, organize yourself to write down and keep a journal of your 5 little things that you do every day to move you nearer to your goal. This way, you can look back every few weeks and see your progress which is a great motivator.
The 5 action daily habit is also a great way to sustain focus. Since you are committed to your mission sentence and to doing 5 things a day, you are keeping your goal within the large part of your consciousness where it will grow and attract everything that you need to reach your goals.
Not to be cliché, but Rome wasn’t built in a day. You have to crawl before you can walk. All of these tidbits of meaningful advice really nail things down and they really are true.
Having a plan, sticking to it and using the 5 a day rule will help you make progress more quickly no matter what your wants or desires are.Take Action. Get Results.
4 thoughts on “Developing the “5 Daily Actions” Success Habit”
A great post which adds clarity to working towards your goals and achieving them. The only slight disagreement i have is the goals you’ve suggested. I would prefer to use the words, “I will . . .”, “I am . . .”, or “I have . . .” rather then “I want . . .” After all we all want but it doesn’t necessarily mean “we will”!
Excellent point Paul. I think I goofed there because my goals are in the structure that you just mentioned. I forgot that when you visualize your goals, it’s important to put it in the positive, future mindset where you act like you’ve already achieved. Changing the article now…
I have just started doing a todo list. I make sure I get at least 5 points done each day. However I don’t stop there. If I feel as though I can do more then I will. I kinda see these as bonuses. Though it is very important not to go OTT and cause burnout, cause that can make it harder to work the next day. The little extra you did on one day might actually cause you to do less work because the next day you just can’t be assed.
David—Absolutely. I like your ideas of “extras.” Just as long as it doesn’t prevent you from doing accomplishing the mandatory five every day. Burn out is something that’s a potential risk when you try to do too much too quickly.
Anyway dude, thanks for coming by again and commenting.
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