Entrepreneurship Personal Growth

The Big 5, Daily 5, and Nightly 3 Practice

March 25, 2013

In a recent issue of Success Magazine, Robin Sharma explained his Big 5, Daily 5, and Nightly 3 Practice. It’s something I’ve been doing for about two months now and I love it. It’s helping me live with more meaning and purpose and to be generally happier. Because I’ve found it so successful, I wanted to share it with you.

The Big 5, Daily 5, and Nightly 3 Practice

The Big 5: Ask yourself, “What are five things I need to do before the last hour of the last day of my life here on this earth in order for me to feel like I have lived a truly extraordinary life?”

Write this down somewhere and review it at the beginning of each month while you’re looking over your monthly goals. Plan your goals and your life around your Big 5.

The Daily 5: Every morning, ask yourself, “What are five little things I can do today to make today a valuable day?”

For me, sometimes this is playing with my son for 15 minutes before he goes to bed, or go for a walk with my wife, Claudia, or smile and say hi to a stranger.

Write these down in your journal and refer to them as needed throughout your day.

The Nightly 3: Every night before you fall asleep, ask yourself, “What are three things I am grateful for today?”

As entrepreneurs and those who want to live a life of purpose and passion, it’s critical to keep a healthy perspective. I think of the Persian proverb, I cursed the fact I had no shoes until I met a man who had no feet.

It doesn’t matter if you had the worst day ever, you can always find at least three things to be grateful for. It might be as simple as your health, and having a bed to sleep in, some people have neither. Again, write these down in your journal always ending your day with your mind focused on thankfulness and gratitude. You will find yourself becoming a different person because of it.

I challenge you to join me in doing the Big 5, Daily 5, and Nightly 3 Practice for one week. I think you’ll reap the same positive benefits of more meaning, purpose, and happiness as I have and decide to make it a regular practice.


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  • Reply Tom Dixon March 25, 2013 at 11:51 am

    Great method to get some needed perspective – I’ll have to try it out. Thanks for sharing.

    • Reply Michael Good March 25, 2013 at 2:41 pm

      Sure thing, Tom. Let me know how you like it. It’s been very helpful for me!

  • Reply jasonvandehey April 8, 2013 at 10:33 am

    Great idea!

    • Reply Michael Good April 10, 2013 at 9:53 am

      I’ve really been enjoying it, Jason.

  • Reply John Young July 5, 2014 at 6:30 am

    Great Idea. I followed up the blog with watching Robin Sharma on You Tube. Thanks for the blog. Just an aside though the picture of the journal / book looks good. Where can I purchase the book?

    • Reply Michael Good July 10, 2014 at 10:26 am

      Hey John, not sure where that journal is available. It’s a stock photo. Thanks for the note.

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