The first step is to equip yourself with what I’ve dubbed the Five Point Approach.
As long as you grasp and implement these Five Points correctly, they will help you efficiently and reliably achieve success in anything you decide to pursue, whether the results you seek are short-term, long-term, or somewhere in between.
Examples of such pursuits include career or business, self-learning, taking up art, forming beneficial habits or destroying negative ones, self-development, changing your life circumstances, and many more.
The Five Points are deceptively simple, as applying them isn’t as easy as you may think at first glance.
For one, losing track of any one point will immediately have a strong, negative effect on your chances of success and substantially increase how long it’ll take you to achieve your goal. It’s for this reason that all Five Points must be adhered to simultaneously, or not at all.
Also note that there’s a difference between achieving timely success isn’t the same thing as reaching the end goal, and the same goes for the Five Point Approach. However, adhering to the Five Points can and will result in you spending the minimum possible amount of time traversing the path to success, and that in itself will change you for the better.
You can strap in for the long haul and spend years learning a foreign language, or you can reach a sufficient and efficient level of mastery over it in three months. You can read a maximum of one book per week, or you can learn to speed read and consume one per day. Likewise, you can spend two thirds of your life working to slim down and get fit, never actually reaching your desired level of fitness despite what feel like honest attempts, or you can achieve the desired state in a few months by properly allocating workout time.
I could list myriad examples, and they would all contain within them the Five Points that I outline ahead, the points that will help you change your life without falling into the kinds of carefully masked mental traps that most of us don’t even realize are traps at all.
If you’ve truly decided to take the plunge and commit yourself to something serious and life-changing, here are the five elements that you must never let out of your sight, the five ways in which you must act.
This seems fairly straight-forward until you realize what it really means to be consistent. To achieve a goal, you have to put forth certain efforts every day. Ideally, this isn’t just “every work day” or “every day I have time to spare” but literally every single day, including weekends, time off, and any sick days where you aren’t completely bedridden and staring death in the face.
Furthermore, upon actually reaching the goal you set for yourself, you’ll need to also devote time and effort to sustaining and developing that level of success. Therein lies the essence of persistence.
Many goals require only short amounts of time split day to day, but the importance of consistency is always equally high.
“A blade not polished rusts away.”
- Japanese Proverb
“Dripping water hollows out stone, not through force but through persistence.”
“One needs untiring persistence for great deeds.”
A simple but pivotal rule that describes the process of starting small and moving up to more difficult things.
Every new skill must be laid down upon a foundation prepared ahead of time. It simply isn’t viable to skip ahead and plunge straight into the deep end before acquiring the necessary experience.
“In haste, there are more mistakes.”
- Chinese Proverb
“Great haste leads to great delays.”
- German Proverb
The first step is always to identify the end point, the state you wish to be in once you achieve your goal. After doing so, you can start planning out the series of steps you need to take to reach that state.
Again, nothing confusing or out of this world here. The way forward here is by defining and recording the steps required to reach the goal, preferably with deadlines for each. While doing so, make sure to abide by the above point and craft your plan to be a gradual progression.
“All the flowers of all the tomorrows are in the seeds of today.”
- Chinese Proverb
“Your present should contain your future. This is called a plan.”
- Georg Lichtenberg
Even your first truly meaningful achievements in life will require the dedication of a certain amount of time, and you must make peace with that. Of course, adopting the Five Points will considerably reduce the total amount of time spent, but the variable of time will never be completely removed from the equation. Likewise, even after achieving success, you’ll need to invest a certain amount of time to maintain it.
“Don’t pull at rice sprouts — you’ll sooner rip them out than make them grow faster.”
- Vietnamese Proverb
“Nine months must pass from conception to birth.”
- Fact of Life
It’s crucially important to know not only what it is you seek to accomplish but the proper way of doing so, preferably before you actually set out on your journey.
Following proper methodologies creates and fortifies the foundation, allowing for efficient and reliable growth. Any approach with proven success will include the four previous points, since you’ll need to follow it consistently, gradually, systematically, and persistently.
Another aspect of correct methodologies is that they allow anyone to achieve success, not only those with some form of inherent talents. The real challenge here lies in finding the right approach for yourself.
Typically, there are multiple different ways to achieve a goal, each with differing levels of efficiency and fit for different types of people. This may seem obvious, but you should make every effort to find instructions that have been proven effective by others.
Incidentally, following proper instructions generally leads to tangible results in three months’ time, assuming you adhere to all of the other points as well.
“Theory without practice is useless. Practice without theory is dangerous.”
“By three methods we may learn wisdom: First, by reflection, which is noblest; Second, by imitation, which is easiest; and third by experience, which is the bitterest.”
“Ignorantia non est argumentum.”
- Latin Maxim (Literally: “Ignorance is no argument.”)
Follow these rules without fail, and you’ll notice a self-fulfilling prophecy. Just as you succeed at adhering to all Five Points, so too will you see success in whatever goal you’ve set for yourself by proxy.
Now that we’ve tackled the most important and foundational element of this guide, time to look into, well, time — specifically, what constitutes the best time to start changing your life.
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