Since my last post was a silly tale about a 5 Second Rule fail (and since practicing the 5 Second Rule for the month of August actually did help me more than it hurt me), I thought it only fitting that I share this post with you today.
I wrote this all in August, while reading Mel Robbins’ book… but it’s still worth sharing today.
(Also, if you’ve never read the 5 Second Rule it’s worth checking out – although honestly you can get the gist of it from her Ted Talk: “How to stop screwing yourself over.”)
(Also if you don’t feel like watching the Ted Talk, the basic idea is pretty simple: when you want to do something but you start talking yourself out of it, count backwards from 5 to 1 and then go do the thing you’ve been procrastinating. It’s remarkably effective.)
I adore Mel Robbins. (I really do; I think that what she’s accomplished, and what she’s able to teach others, is truly remarkable!)
So of course I was all too excited to read the 5 Second Rule as the August Book of the Month!
I love the idea of the 5 Second Rule, and the way she convinces people to make instant, split-second decisions… to actually *do* the things they ACTUALLY WANT TO DO!
It’s just – brilliant.
I started reading this book in the first couple days of August and it’s already making an impact.
This past Sunday, I committed to using the 5 Second Rule to help me get out of my “I’m stuck at home with nothing to do and no plans for the future” comfort zone.
On Monday, I decided that what I really need is to change up my morning routine, and kind of shake the whole day up and set a new, positive tone for the time I am “at home.”
I decided the quickest way to do this was to do the ONE THING I abhor — exercise. (Seriously, the only time I sweat is when I’m playing Final Fantasy 6 and I’m just about to go up against the final boss…)
As much as I dislike even the idea of leaving my house – the idea of leaving my house to go to a GYM is exponentially more un-exciting.
So I 5-4-3-2-1’d myself into ignoring all my own protestations, and deciding “I AM going to the gym tomorrow – first thing in the morning!”
And then, I got up Tuesday morning – and I did it. And I did it again on Wednesday. And Thursday. And Friday. And today.
(Still don’t really like it – but I am starting to like how it changes the rest of my day!)
Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday were brutal.
My brain is so accustomed to a different morning routine, I swear it took me until dinner time just to get back to a state of equilibrium.
I was tired, and confused, and irritable, and frustrated… but somehow I kept on with this goal, and 5-4-3-2-1’d myself through every painful moment of it, telling myself,
“This is for my future! Better to suffer today, if it enables me to enjoy tomorrow…”
(which is really not my standard M.O., so I totally understand if you need a moment to let that sink in…)
But yesterday, I’d finally started to adjust.
And yesterday, for the first time in weeks…
I. Actually. Got. Stuff. Done.
Like, real stuff. Important stuff. Stuff that is actually going to move my freelance career forward.
And I still had sufficient time to participate in my favorite FB groups, enjoy a really good dinner with my parents, and spend 2 hours playing one of my favorite video games.
And I didn’t have to feel guilty about any of it, because I’d already got my work. Done.
When you know you want results that your current lifestyle is not capable of generating…
There are moments of pain and discomfort that you just have to pass through…
In order to change your lifestyle, and start getting better results.
But once you’ve got used to the changes, and once you start to recognize and appreciate the results…
Somehow, all the sucky things you had to do to get where you want to be – no longer upset you.
Because you know…
You made the choice…
You paid the price…
You did the work…
And you *are* reaping the rewards.
P.S. I still go to the gym today! (Although, quitting smoking did throw a wrench in going to workout everyday. Guess I’m gonna have to 5-4-3-2-1 my way back into the routine!)
What 5 Second Rule success story is lurking in *your* future, waiting for your split-second decision?