What's In Your "5"?
Mark Victor Hanson was interviewed in Success Magazine a few months back and shared some great advice he field tested after writing Chicken Soup For The Soul.
Mark and co author Jack Canfield had published the book (no easy task since it had been rejected by 144 publishers) but they had a much bigger dream for the book and that was the best seller list. Once again, they knew this would be no easy task and that it would require a daily focus to move them toward their goal; inch by inch!
They came up with a plan to take 5 actions everyday toward their goal. Some days it was a struggle for them to come up with something new,
Today, there are over 30 different "Chicken Soup" books that have sold over 56 million copies. Not bad considering the rocky start!
I'm wondering if we can benefit from the concept of a daily focus of 5 actions toward a particular goal.
Perhaps there is an account we want to grow
I've been embracing this Daily "5" concept now since July and as simple as it is, it can be challenging to not only come up with 5 actions, but follow through with all the other things on our plate. I had thought about lowering the bar to a Daily "3" but then its too easy to do maybe 1 action item. 5 is where I've kept it.
To keep myself from clinging to my comfort zone I continually ask myself "In what ways can I change up my 5 and be more creative?" Otherwise I will just do the same things day in and day out and that isn't always a good thing. I, like the rest of us, need to continually look for new ways to improve my game and my creativity. This has certainly helped!
Just in case this sounds way too simplistic, I would like to invite you to think about: The power of a daily focus of 5 actions over even a 90 day period. Over a 6 month period, A year? How much ground could you cover with a relentless daily focus of 5? It's actually quite deadly when you do the math!
Action: Revisit your goals and dreams and dedicate yourself to 5 daily actions towards the fruition of them. Challenge yourself to try different things, make note as to what is working, what isn't. Make it a study!
So, having said that, I need to ask you . . . What's in your "5"?
Paul Castain is the Vice President of Sales Development for Consolidated Graphics (CGX) one of North America's leading general commercial printing companies. Paul has over 25 years of sales and sales leadership experience and has trained, mentored and coached over 2,000 sales and sales leadership professionals. Feel free to email Paul ctstrai...@yahoo.com and visit his company's website www.cgx.com