At the end of each Mentors book there is a selection called the 5 Step Initiative. This is where the reader can choose their own personal value or character trait to work on. Below are the five steps contained in the initiative.
Step 1: Select two or three values from the Master Value List that you want to more fully implement in your life. Choose a single value to begin working on.
Step 2: Record this trait on Master Value Tracking Chart. Focus your attention on this single character trait for one week. Try to imagine what it will be like to have this character trait more fully integrated in your life.
Step 3: Rate your daily performance on the Master Value Tracking Chart on a scale of 1 (lowest) to 5 (highest) in these three areas: First, commitment. Were you truly committed to this trait today?Second, daily actions. Did you actually demonstrate this new trait during the day? Third, effort. What was your honest effort in implementing this trait today? Keep track of your scores so you can measure your progress over time.
Step 4: At the end of the week add up the totals in all three areas and divide that number by 105 to get your performance percentage for this character trait.
Step 5: After working on your first trait for a week, select another value from your list. Repeat Steps 1-4.
After completing your chosen list of two to three values, repeat the same steps using the first value. Be sure to use a new Master Value Tracking Chart. At the end of the week compare the current Master Value Tracking Chart to the previous one to view your progress. As you cycle through this process with each of your chosen values, you will notice positive changes occurring in your daily life.There are many “instant success” self-help systems available today. Long lasting change occurs with consistent practice over time. The change must come from the inside out, not the outside in. Changing our character or who we are is not easy. It takes time, effort, and perseverance.
To take on the initiative you will need discipline and persistence. It is not a sprint race to the end to get there in the shortest amount of time. It is more like a marathon, a race of endurance.