Pursuing your dreams is hard work. Sometimes it feels like a never-ending journey with no light at the end of the tunnel. You know you want it, but does it really have to take this long to get it?
Do you ever feel this way? I know I do. I get overwhelmed pretty easily, by the BIG, HUGE dream that I'm trying to accomplish.
But a few years ago, I started implementing a new tool that I learned, and things really began to happen for me. Like, super fast. It was pretty amazing. I've been using the tool for years, and then recently I decided to switch things up and try it a little differently.
I wanted to share both of these tools with you, because they have helped me SO MUCH! I know they can do wonders for you as well, and expedite your dreams.
Ok, ready? YEAH you are!
Tool #1: The Rule of 5
This is a tool that I learned from Jack Canfield. (His book The Success Principles completely changed my life for the better, I highly recommend it!)
The Rule of 5 states that you do 5 things toward your goal every single day. Yep, that's right. EVERY. SINGLE. DAY.
Can you imagine how quickly things would start to happen if you literally did 5 things a day toward your big dream?
For example, let’s say you want to be a professional soccer player. If you did 5 different drills a day to practice, you would be prepared for the dream SO much faster than if you only did one drill a day, or even a few drills a week.
The Rule of 5 expedites the process, and proves your dedication. Things will start to happen much, much faster for you if you practice the Rule of 5.
Your 5 things don’t have to be huge tasks. Huge tasks will make you not want to do anything. Break it down into smaller items. For example, perhaps you call 5 people, or send 5 emails; or call 2 people, send 2 emails, and rehearse one monologue. Make a list of everything you could be doing, and then spread the items out to 5 a day. If that is too daunting, decide what 5 things to do that day when you wake up, taking one day at a time.
Tool #2: Weekly goals
While I totally love the Rule of 5, I wanted to see my progress in a bigger picture. If I didn't get all 5 things done in a day, I would freak out and feel guilty.
So, instead of coming up with 5 tasks to do everyday, I came up with ONE goal to do every WEEK.
What does this look like? Instead of saying that I need to write and design 5 pages of my book per day, I would say I need to have one chapter completed by the end of the week. How is this different from the Rule of 5? Well, somedays I may do 8 pages of the chapter, and some days I may only get 3 done. It takes the pressure off of doing a certain amount every day, while still creating a deadline for the bigger picture goal.
This has been working really well for me, because I feel super productive at the end of the week. I can say, "Wow! I got a whole chapter done this week!" After three weeks, I can look back and say, "Wow! I accomplished all of my weekly goals for the past three weeks, and look how much I have completed now!" It's a really good feeling.
I also like it because some days things come up that are out of my control and I don't always get everything accomplished in that day's timeframe. But I like knowing that I have the rest of the week to get it done.
I bought a new planner this year that focuses on these weekly goals, and it has helped me so much! I'm a little obsessed. I carry this planner with me everywhere I go! (Even though I got the big one - 8.5" x 11"!)
Using these tools together
The Rule of 5 and the Weekly Goal can work hand-in-hand. You can set Weekly Goals, and then break that goal down into 5 tasks a day. Try them out and see what works for you. Everyone is going to be a little different.
I will tell you that these two tools have completely expedited my success. Things have happened very fast for me, and it feels AWESOME!
Just think, what could you make happen if you started implementing these tools?
I'm sooooo excited to see what BIG things happen for you! Please let me know!!