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“Action speaks louder than words but not nearly as often.”
Mark Twain

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On the road to self improvement there is a time for planning and thinking, but there is also a time for action. Many of those who are seeking or rethinking their life purpose stay stuck in the introspection. Maybe they do this to avoid taking risks, for fear of leaving their comfort zone, to avoid disapproval, or any other fear. And in doing so, they remain stuck in a rut.

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My favorite tool at this stage is the ‘5% statement‘, created by Nathaniel Branden. It works by allowing you to take small steps. Trying to change completely overnight, as some might suggest, often creates fear, uncertainty, and resistance .A 5% statement is split into 2 parts;.

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If I were to be 5% more responsible today, I would ___________.
If I were to be 5% more activated today, I would ___________.

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The first part of the statement does not have to change. Every morning when you wake up, you think of something that fills in blank, and then do it! 5% is small and harmless enough to let us overcome fears and procrastination.

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If you spent 5% of your day working on your goal it would mean approximately 45 minutes per day, this done consistently builds up to produce results

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Being flexible enough to do different things everyday in pursuit of the same goal also keeps us from boredom and routine. Even better, it encourages us to think of new ideas to try (although we can simply do the same activity 5% more each time).

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You can use this for anything you plan to do – begin a new exercise routine, reduce procrastination, improve your workflow, or even your personal relationships. And remember, for the things you need to learn before we can do them, you learn by doing them

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And if 5% seems too little, you will be pleasantly surprised at how it works. Do that extra 5% today.

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“The universe doesn’t give you what you ask for with your thoughts – it gives you what you demand with your actions.”
Steve Maraboli

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