I know you’re thinking…Okay John, 5+5 does not equal 5 so let me please explain. Let’s start
with a question. How many times have you heard that you need to have a “long term” goal and
be focused for the entire length of that “long term”? In this article, I am going to focus on a 5
year goal and explain how you will know if you are truly on track to achieve your 5 year goal in
life. In the equation, the answer 5 is your ?ve-year goal and the 5+5 is the underlying secret to
attaining that goal.
As I speak with numerous people on a daily basis, I hear their frustration about their goals
that they’ve set and the lack of progress that they have made. As I say, “A mountain is built one
pebble at a time and climbed one step at a time.”
The ?rst “5” in the equation represents the 5 people that you call your friends, associates, etc.
I suggest that you make a list of the 5 people that you associate with on a regular basis, and
then take a good look at it to see if they either have goals similar to yours or are progressing
towards the achievement of a goal similar to your 5-year vision. A major key to unlock the se-
cret to your future is to be 110% conscious of the fact that you will ultimately become who you
associate with. For example, if you have dreams of becoming healthy and wealthy and your as-
sociates are overweight smokers that complain about working one-minute overtime, then I can
predict the odds of you being healthy and wealthy are slim to none. Millions of people never
attain their dreams, because their “friends” serve as “cement shoes” as they walk towards their
goals in life. As I set my goals, I surround myself with people who are on the same path in life
that I am on. If you truly internalize this same mindset, then you can achieve your goals in life.
The second “5” in the equation is to take a personal inventory of the last 5 books that you have
read or CDs that you have listened to. Just for fun, the next time one of your friends complains
about something, ask them what were the last 5 books that they have read or CDs they have
listened to. You will get one of two answers: I do not remember or I do not have the time to
read. Your last 5 books that you read will determine where your focus or direction is in life. The
average person reads 1 book a year after high school, which is the #1 reason why 97% of people
are “dead broke at age 65”.
Even the greatest computer in the world needs to be programmed in order to perform its func-
tions. We are all designed for greatness, but we need to be conscious of our associations and
what we are reading or listening to on a daily basis will decide the level of greatness that we
all reach. Decide today to focus on your 5 year goal and realize that your 5 friends and the 5
books/cd’s that you listen to will determine if you hit your Why or not. Success is simple, but
not easy because it takes the ability to grow, stretch, search and learn to enjoy everyday as you
progress towards your 5-year goal.
5 + 5 = 5, give it a try and let me know if it works for you. I can actually predict your results…
5 + 5 = Your Dream
Motivating champions worldwide!
John Di Lemme
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