Sunday, July 27, 2008

The power of goal-setting

Jack Canfield, co-creator of Chicken Soup for the Soul, developed what he calls the "Rule of 5" to meet his goal of getting Chicken Soup for the Soul, to the top of the New York Times Best-Seller List.

Jack's "Rule of 5" requires that every day, Jack does five specific things to move his goal to completion.

Completing five things each day doesn't sound like much, but imagine this:
Five pages of writing a day equal seven 250 page books in a year.
Five new customers a day equal 1,825 customers in a year.
The list could go on forever.
By the way, Jack met his goal. Chicken Soup for the Soul, eventually sold over 8 million copies in 39 languages.
How did he do it?

He did five things a day.

Maybe it was five interviews or five press releases or giving away five review copies. Jack did whatever he could as long he did at least five specific things everyday to move closer to his goal.

The biggest problem is that most people read, study, think, dream, plan and then ...

Do nothing.

So, what am I going to do today to get closer to my goal?

So far I've already:
- Defined my goal for my projects.
- Started writing.

Here's what else I'm going to do today (and next week):
- Finish up my e-book sample for free downloads (fyi, I am working on a digital book with my sister which will be launched in September and I'm so excited!).
- Confirm remaining interviewees for my second book (ooooh...this one is going to be BIG).
- Continue promotional work for Boss of Me! (book and I may be on national TV soon...).
- Confirm new Pilates corporate job.
- Update Boss of Me! blog.
- Catch up on my online and off-line reading.
- Think and strategise to achieve my goals.
- Stop neglecting my hubby (work is my new lover).

I know, it's more than five things, but I'm addicted to creating lists and this is fun for me.

What are you going to do today?

Each of you is in your own spot so what you do will be different from what I am doing, but let me make a couple of suggestions for today.
- Set a goal.
- Take action on five specific things to move you towards your goal.
Try it. You will be amazed at the results.
Excerpt taken from Kenneth A MacArthur of

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