5% MoreMaking Small Changes to Achieve Extraordinary Results
Small changes lead to big results that stick 5% More presents a painless route to change, with results that can last a lifetime. Whether you want to boost your health, wealth, or wisdom, this book reveals a key technique that makes it stick. You may already know that breaking big goals into small chunks makes them easier to achieve, but the trick is in making those chunks large enough to be productive, yet small enough to be sustainable. This book shows you how to bring your goals within reach with only five percent more effort. Five percent is almost unnoticeable in terms of effort—but it accrues quickly, with each step boosting the baseline. Increase sales, decrease your marathon time, boost your savings, or master a new skill. Just five percent more can get you where you want to be. Small changes, small commitments, and small adjustments can lead to very big results. You can accomplish more than you ever thought possible in your business or in your life. This book walks you through the 5% More strategy to help you map your path to the future. Accomplish big changes with very small steps Make bigger leaps in progress each step of the way Break big goals into manageable milestones Find a change that you can stick to for the long-term Mountain climbers don't conquer Everest on their first time out—attempting to do so would be a tragic failure. No matter what your goal, no matter what your baseline, small, incremental steps set you up for success. 5% More gives you a concrete strategy for realizing your goals and making changes that last.
Acknowledgments xiii Introduction xv SECTION I The Philosophy of 5 Percent More 1 How to Give 5 Percent More—or Less 3 An Idea without a Plan Is Just an Idea 4 Take Them as Far as They Can See, Then They Will See Further 8 High School Hero to College Zero—What Does It Take to Be a Star? 10 Making the Grade—And Then Some? 12 Law School—Then What? 13 2 5 Percent More about 5 Percent More 18 Personal Accountability for Your Performance 21 The Many Applications of 5 Percent More 24 SECTION II Give 5 Percent More to Yourself 3 Be 5 Percent More Successful 29 Freeze-Pop Fantasies 30 A Dream without a Plan Is Just a Dream 31 Making Money Doing Nothing 32 5 Percent Days 35 Plan to Give 5 Percent More 36 4 Make 5 Percent More Money 37 5 Percent Mentality 39 5 Be 5 Percent Smarter 49 Team Leader to General Counsel 50 What If Your SAT Score Was Higher? 52 High School Grad/College Grad Income Gap 54 LSAT/GRE 54 How Do We Ensure a Successful Child? 56 6 Be 5 Percent Stronger and Faster 57 Elite Athletes and What 5 Percent Means 58 Grow, Baby, Grow 62 5 Percent More Steps at a Time 64 7 Be 5 Percent Healthier 66 Meditation 68 Small Things Go a Long Way 70 8 Be 5 Percent Happier 75 Expand Your Happiness Horizons 77 The Top Doesn’t Mean You Will Fall Off—Recognize Your 5 Percent Moments 79 Carpe Diem 80 “Naked and Afraid” 81 Your Tunes, Your Wheels, and Your Clothes 83 SECTION III Give 5 Percent More to Others 9 Give 5 Percent More to the People You Work With 89 Success Is the Direct Result of Your Responsibility to Others 90 My Journey from Young Lawyer to Business Owner Was Taking Shape 93 10 Give 5 Percent More to the People You Work For 95 The 5 Percent More Mentality—Where Does It Come From? 98 Always Give More Than Expected 99 11 Make Life 5 Percent More Exciting for Others 101 Why Are Kids So Happy? 102 It’s Contagious—Trust Me! 103 Do 5 Percent More Stuff 105 12 Reading 5 Percent More to Our Children 106 5 Percent More Ways to Read to Your Child—Even If You Can’t 107 SECTION IV Give 5 Percent More to Your Business 13 5 Percent More Revenue 113 5 Percent Increases Mean Stable Business 115 5 Percent More at Work 116 Smarter Than Albert Einstein and Better Than the Domino Effect! 117 I’m Wrong 119 Troubled Past to Taking Just One Class 119 5 Percent More Customers 120 Just a Little Bit More! 121 14 5 Percent More Profit = Being 5 Percent More Efficient and 5 Percent More Accountable at Work 123 One Thing That Is Always Constant Is Change 125 Locker Room Story 128 Just Two and a Half Doors a Day 129 My Dad the Sales Guy 130 Yes, You Can Make More Time—At Least 5 Percent More! 132 15 5 Percent More Perseverance 134 A Little Boy Named Billy 135 Unreasonable Action 136 Unrealistic Goals 137 Baby Steps 138 It Isn’t Always Easy 139 SECTION V 5 Percent Compounded 16 Less Is More 143 Massive and Immediate Action Doesn’t Work 143 Too Fast and Too Furious—How Not to Do It! 144 Take 5 Percent Less 146 More Than 5 Percent More 148 5 Percent More Is Massive Action 150 One or Two Last Arguments for Less Is More! 151 Rinse Your Cottage Cheese 153 17 Change 5 Percent of Your Habits 155 Stop Lying 156 A Little Change Science 157 Quit Smoking in 20 Days 159 18 This Changes Everything—It’s a Lot Bigger Than 5 Percent 166 No One Will Outwork Me 166 Recognize What Level You Are At 168 Can’t Skip a Level . . . Or Can You? 170 Stop Dreaming 171 Don’t Give Up 172 19 A Line in the Sand—What If Everyone Did This? 175 The Next Step 179 Next Level Stuff 180 Notes 182 Index 185
MICHAEL ALDEN is one of America's most popular direct-response hosts and personalities and founder and CEO of Blue Vase® Marketing, a multimillion-dollar direct- response company capable of creating strategic marketing road maps for products and services. He is the author of the bestselling Ask More, Get More. To learn more, please visit www.michael-alden.com or connect with Michael on social media: Facebook: www.facebook/TheAldenReport Twitter: @mikealden2012 Instagram: @mikealden2012 Snapchat: @mikealden2012
The fact that you have this book in your hand means you want more. You want to perform better, live healthier, accumulate more wealth, and ultimately reach the goals you set for yourself. You've probably read other self-help books, tried their strategies, and still needed more, and this book will fill that need and set you on a path for doing more, living more, and achieving more every day—5% More. The subtitle of this immediately useful guide—Making Small Changes to Achieve Extraordinary Results—is why this is the last self-help book you'll ever need. Unlike other programs that require radical, impractical changes to your personal and professional routines, this approach has demonstrated again and again to produce extraordinary results with easily doable actions. Unlike other self-improvement strategies that leave you thinking positive thoughts, this fully actionable methodology gives you concrete ways to give 5 percent more to yourself, your family, your colleagues and managers, and your business—no matter where you are in life. Every chapter dives into a critical area where giving 5 percent more makes a dramatic difference so you can start out slow and customize where you apply the mind-set of 5 percent more. In fact, the revealing research and detailed examples used throughout demonstrate why improving step by step is essential to triumph and why trying to make big leaps is sure to end in failure. All the data and stories you read inside make a point, for sure, but they also inspire you to the possibilities of giving 5 percent more and provide clear footsteps for you to follow on your own path to: Quickly grasping and practicing the 5 percent-more mind-set to reach success regardless of your profession, job title, personal situation, and goals Setting yourself apart from your peers and those at the next level by identifying specifically where you need to give 5 percent more Establishing yourself as a person to emulate in order to motivate others to give 5 percent more The most important takeaway is this: the secret to wealth, health, and happiness isn't out there—it's inside of you right now waiting to be let out with 5% More.
Praise for 5% MORE "It's been said that inch by inch anything's a cinch and yard by yard anything's hard. In Mike Alden's life-changing book 5% More, he gives new meaning to those words. Mike lays out the simple, manageable, and doable plan for anyone who wants to go from ordinary to extraordinary in their life, one little step at a time. My advice is simple, buy this book, follow its steps and begin living the life of your dreams." —Michael Altshuler, Keynote Speaker, Peak Performance Coach and Business Growth Expert "Over the years at my SANG conferences, I have had the good fortune of having people like Tony Robbins, Paula Abdul, Peter Guber, Jack Canfield, to Tony Hsieh of Zappos. What I have observed about superstar achievers is they tend to do things that separate them from their competitors. Michael is the real deal, and truly lives his message. In Michael Alden's new book 5% More, you now have the blue print to get more out of life and business by just doing 5 percent more." —Larry Benet, Chief Connector and Cofounder of the SANG Thought Leader Network, 25 Professional Networking Experts to Watch in 2015-Forbes "As an avid fan of baseball, we all love the home runs and the grand slams. But, what wins games is getting on base and singles. In Michael Alden's latest book 5% More, he shows how the small incremental successes are what yield huge results. If you want to win a championship in life and business, hitting singles consistently will get you there and 5% More shows you how." —Clint Greenleaf, Founder of Greenleaf Book Group and Home Plate Peanut Butter "I believe that no task is beneath you no matter your position in life or within a company. Michael Alden shows in 5% More how those small tasks, those small goals, compounded over time can have huge, long term results. 5% More shows how a high school student or a CEO can set small goals, compound on them and achieve extraordinary BIG results." —Tom Patterson, Founder and CEO of Tommy John, www.tommyjohn.com
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