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For all you procrastinators out there (in which company I put myself these days) I offer today an interesting suggestion from Brian Johnson of “Optimize.” He got the idea in a session with John Maxwell and his book, 15 Invaluable Laws of Growth, whose thesis was this: You will never change your life until you change something you do daily. Maxwell recounted his experience of a seminar with W. Clement Stone who spoke about having a sense of urgency (something I’ve been hearing about from people a lot lately). The talk was called “Do it now.” His idea was as follows.

Before you get out of bed every morning, say “do it now” fifty times. At the end of the day before you go to sleep, the last thing you should do is say “do it now” fifty times.” It sounds a bit like overkill but Johnson says that he did it for the next six months every morning and evening and it left him with a tremendous sense of urgency.

Maybe it’s time for you…or me to take this advice. “Nothing ventured nothing gained,” right?