The 5% Addiction That Everyone Needs

Published: June 6, 2017
By: Faye Hollands

Ever struggled to make progress on a goal that’s really important to you?   Rest assured you’re not alone, which is why I wanted to share a handy little tactic with you that I’ve been using recently to great effect – I reckon you’ll love it too… 

I think sometimes when we focus on important goals, it can become overwhelming to make progress on them – particularly if you’ve got a sizeable project you want to start on or some tricky targets you want to hit.   Perhaps you want to change career, or get a new job, and getting started seems way out of your comfort zone and tad tricky.

I get it.

Which is why, when I feel up against it with my big curly goals,  I change tact and focus on the ‘5%’ instead.

The way this works is – instead of thinking about the over-riding goal – I simply ask myself:-

  • If I were to do something in my career or life 5% differently right now, what would that look like? And can I do it?

And 9 out of 10 times, the answer is a big “Hell yeah, of course I can.”  Because 5% is so tiny – of course it’s doable.

Imagine if you wanted to get fit or start running for example.  If you just made a 5% change to your exercise regime or started running 5% more, you could manage that this week, right?  Of course you can.

And then the next week you ask yourself:

  • What do I need to do to make another 5% change this week?

Another 5% seems almost easy, so you get it done.  It’s the bite-size pieces that make it manageable and palatable.

Suddenly, what you find is that every single week you’re taking really good steps forward in your career and life, and making really tangible progress,  instead of staying stuck, procrastinating, feeling overwhelmed and all those prickly emotions that keep you stuck.

So I want you to try that this week.  If there’s something you’ve been putting off because it seems a bit too hard or you’re just feeling overwhelmed with how to start a project for example, just think about what 5% progress would look like and then commit to that this week.  Then think about what 5% would look like next week, and so on.

Don’t plan too far in advance though.  Of course make sure you know what your key goals are for the year, but at the end of each week think about what that 5% would look like rather than falling into the trap of getting overwhelmed by the next 12 months.  Simply write the 5% down, plan how you’re going to take action, and then get focused on that small bite-sized piece until it’s done.

What you’ll probably find is that you’ll actually be doing a helluva lot more than 5% – and trust me, it’ll start getting addictive.

So what I want to know from you right now is – what’s your 5% going to be this week? 

P.S.  If you’d like to change career join me for my free next online masterclass – The Career Change Game Plan™ – click here to save your spot

Faye Hollands

About Faye Hollands

Faye is an accomplished Career Coach, Small Business Coach and Productivity Specialist who has successfully coached countless clients on how to create a career they love, get more done in less time, and achieve personal and professional success. To receive weekly articles to improve your career, business and time management skills click here or book your Free Focus Session here.

You can contact Faye on +61 2 8323 4335 or email

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