"There are always a half-dozen things that make 80 percent of the difference. A half-dozen things.
"Whether we are working to improve our health, wealth, personal achievement or professional enterprise, the difference between triumphant success or bitter failure lies the degree of our commitment to seek out, study, and apply those half-dozen things."
In an article I once read, it stated that the average number of things most people can remember is 7 things. I disagreed, there are 7 sins and 7 dwarfs, I can never remember all of them. Usually I remember 6. So a half-dozen things are easy to remember.
Thinking on this concept I tried to apply it to many aspects of life, it turned out to be so very true. Having read lots of self-help, inspirational and instructional books; they all say the same things from different angles. Could it be because there are really only 6 things we need to work on to improve our lives? Let's take a look:
- Exercise at least 20 min, 4 times a week
- Eat whole grains
- Eat fresh fruits and vegetables
- Avoid Fat
- Eat Lean Meats (may fall under #4)
- Watch Your Portions
That's about it. Easier listed then applied, but those 6 things can create a world of difference.
- Do what you say you're going to do.
- Keep in contact with friends.
- Spend time with your family.
- Read something inspiring every day.
- Do something good for someone else at least once a week.
- Be abundant with gratitude.
Hmm... There seems to be a pattern here.
- Write it down! (goals, daily planner, business plan and marketing plan)
- Keep a good contact list.
- Follow up with customers and potential customers.
- Try to meet at least 5 new people every week.
- Do something every day to advance your business.
- Know when to get help.
- Save then spend.
- Know your wants vs. needs.
- If you can't pay cash for it, you don't need it.
- Planning leads to success.
- The best things in life are truly free.
- Know when to get help. (one of my personal mantras)
I'm pretty sure I can go on all day with my lists of 6, but that would be dull. There is a pretty easy way to make your own list of 6.
First write down what you want to accomplish (weight, happiness, savings), then think about what has to be done to get there (lose weight, have friends, better spending habits), write out as many of those things that have to be done as you possibly can. Then go over your list and find those 6 things that everything on your list has in common. Keep that list posted on your bathroom mirror so you read it every day. That way you know what to concentrate on!
Have a Blessed Day,