Follow The Plan
Every once in a while I’m asked if I still use the 13×4 method that Tom Cassidy and I worked on together some years back. Yes, I do.
Several of my focus areas have changed from year to year depending on how I want to evolve. However, some of my focus areas are steadfast and unchanged. For example, every quarterly cycle since 2012, I’ve included a focus on practicing gratitude. Guess I’ve always practiced gratitude in some form or another, but heightening my awareness has been very helpful, especially during some of my more challenging moments in life.
This week my focus area is “I more than fill my place.” It comes from Wallace Wattles’ The Science of Getting Rich*, a book that is at the center of one of the most popular courses Tom and I taught. In Chapter 12, Efficient Action, Wattles says:
You can advance only by being larger than your present place; and no man is large than his present place who leaves undone any of the work pertaining to that place. The world is advanced only by those who more than fill their present places.
Remember that successful action is cumulative in its results. Since the desire for more life is inherent in all things, when a man begins to move toward larger life, more things attach themselves to him, and the influence of his desire is multiplied.
The concept is also discussed in Chapter 15, The Advancing Man, which is where I usually source this concept when reflecting on it as a focus area in my 13×4. There he says:
To secure advancement, something more is necessary than to be too large for your place.
Then he adds that you also need a clear concept of what you want to be, that you need to KNOW you can be it, and that you need determination to be it.
Before now, this is the part that I had always concentrated on – Chapter 15, with its strong recommendation to not wait for “an opportunity to be all that you want to be” and to pay attention to what opportunity is being now presented that you can act upon. But today, when I read “I more than fill my place” on my calendar reminder and decided to look at all the places where he mentions the concept in his book, I found the Chapter 12 reference again. It hit me in a new way when I reread what Wattles says about evolution and efficient action, about how small things done efficiently every day are cumulative, and that the influence of my desire will be multiplied.
It seems I’m only being reminded once again to just keep doing what actions I know I must do. Because, frankly, I already do have a clear vision of what I want, and I already do have a plan. So basically, “I more than fill my place” equates this week to “follow the plan.”
It’s time for efficient action, and so today, and all week, my focus is this: I more than fill my place, and the influence of my desire is multiplied. I follow the plan and take efficient action as I move toward larger life.
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Angela Loeb is into self-development & personal empowerment, being awed by nature, writing, and superhero stories.