This is one rule that I have come across that I most definitely want to follow all the time!

The ‘Rule of Five’ is about making a commitment to take five daily actions that lead towards your goals. This rule has been attributed to Cranfield and Hansen, authors of The New York Times bestseller Chicken Soup for the Soul. They
created and practiced the Rule of Five based on advice from teacher, Ron Scolastico who shared the analogy of a lumberjack cutting down a tree:

If you go every day to a very large tree and take five swings at it with a very sharp axe, eventually, no matter how large the tree, it would have to come down.

The authors applied the analogy by taking five daily actions to promote the sale of their book:

We would do five interviews, contact five reviewers, send out five books to celebrities who might be able to help us, make five calls to sell the book to network marketing sales organisations – five measurable actions every single day, no matter what.Chicken Soup for the Soul, Unlocking the Secrets to Living Your Dreams.

Success did not happen overnight, but through consistency and commitment in taking daily actions that eventually led them to being wildly successful.

What will you commit to doing consistently each day to drive you towards achieving your goals? What five swings of the axe can you commit to taking daily?

Think of five daily actions you can take to help you achieve your desired goals, and consider committing to taking these actions.

The following are some examples:

  • Career promotion and development (apply for jobs, read a blog or book on professional development, make a new connection/network online or in-person, update/review your resume and online profiles, excel at a work-related task or deliverable)
  • Grow your business (email or contact X no. of  leads, ask for a referral or follow-up on an existing client, request  or share a testimonial on social media, send or follow-up on a proposal, create/develop/refine your products or service)
  • Lose weight (exercise every day, commit to a daily maximum number of calories, record your food, drink 2 litres of water, read an article/blog on weight loss)


Consistency drives result! It is one of the biggest drivers towards success. If we can commit to taking positive actions daily that are linked to our goals, this will no doubt help us reach our goals!

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Yvonne Ruke Akpoveta

Author, Inspirational Speaker, Change Consultant, and John Maxwell Leadership Coach & Teacher at OliveBlue Inc

I work with entrepreneurs, leaders and organisations to transition through change, drive results and achieve their goals. Author of the book “The Change You Want! Change Your Mindset, and Change Your Life”, as well as two other guide and workbooks on business and professional development.

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