The Five-Year Rule: How to Create the Future You Want… “Five years from now it will arrive, the question is: Where to?” Jim Rohn. If your goal is to start a new project, build a brand or build a good network, start a company, or any other project that can radically transform your life. You can do it if you can commit to trying to accomplish your goal for five years.
The Five-Year Rule: How to Create the Future You Want
“Five years is not very long,” says Iwji Osica, “I have been silently sticking to that time frame. I wrote almost every day, read books, watched videos, attended training courses, and basically became a sophisticated self-improvement machine in this period. I moved forward and have been following the same topics for five years.” Writer James Altucher says it takes five years to reinvent yourself. Jon Morrow said it takes you 4 to 6 years to build a blog that you can make money from.
Being on the other side of the five-year equation, I can tell you without a doubt that this plan works. At first, you will not be very good at the new skill you choose to learn or the path you are trying to form. At this point, you are just trying to keep going and trying to build good habits. Most people give up at this point. Don’t be one of those. Why? Because one day, not only will you get a little better and be more successful, you’ll suddenly be a lot better and experience big success.
Here are some good rules to follow during the five years
The Intensive Ninety-Day Rule
Spend the first ninety days working on your new path, a new skill, or project every day with intense focus. You will learn a lot – not only what it takes to succeed, but whether you like the field or not. Most people don’t get that far. If you do that and you’re 90 you’ll keep going, and if the field isn’t right for you, you’ll find out before you waste any more time.
Be prepared to do something (100) times to become good at it, write (100) a blog post. Shoot (100) videos. Record (100) podcasts. (The fiftieth race is your chance for new success).
Cycle (18) months
Business expert and author of Self-Management Peter Darker talks about the use of an 18-month benchmark for general footing. The length of the period is adequate to give you enough data but not too long to create unrealistic goals.
The one thing
The One Thing Rule, by Gary Keeler, teaches us a simple way to help us stay focused and productive: Ask yourself this question: What is the one thing I can do, by doing it, everything else will be easier or unnecessary. You can use this system to turn long-term goals into actionable goals. Pick one thing for (18) months, then for three months, then for each month, then for each week, then for each day.
- Five years seems like a long time. But it is not. When you break down things in the present moment and focus on the immediate future, five years later you will know that you have made a level of progress you never thought possible. Your skill has built up like an investment account that is growing and you will inevitably be better than you were at the beginning, but you have to start.
- You should use this framework for every new goal or important decision, and if you don’t want to commit for the next five years to do what you decided to do, then don’t start. But when you start with it, continue to the end, the positive accumulation of the five-year period inevitably leads to a better life.
- In conclusion, I know that each of us has a dream that he wants to achieve, but the majority feel fear and hesitation. Everyone wants to know in advance whether this will work or not? But rest assured that if there is enough talent and enough hard work to improve gradually over 5 years then it will work. So let’s get started now.