The 5-Second Rule from Mel Robbins

Hello to anyone reading and thank you for tuning in! Well this is awkward… It’s May. I haven’t posted since October. That’s almost 9 months, enough time for… well, I’ll let you fill that part in. It’s enough time to run a ton of miles, graduate from college, spend a lot of time on Facebook, drop Organic Chemistry and re-take it… and figure out that you’re going to graduate school in Utah. It’s been a while. I’m here to tell you, I’m back! Not that you noticed I was missing, but in the case that you are reading, this is an attempt at an explanation for my absence. This is where the 5 second rule comes in. More on that later.

I thought this would make for a good post on taking time off – from work, school, your normal routine, social media, dating, life. There are times in life when it’s best to take a leave of absence, a hiatus, whether it be due to other demands for our attention or simply needing a breath of fresh air. For me, it was a number of things: trying (perhaps, unsuccessfully) to pass o-chem, personal training in-person, self-care or some attempt at it, badass sites like Strong Runner Chicks, yatta yatta. And then I realized… I missed blogging.

So there’s a time for taking time off, but after a while we realize… it’s been a while. Then we’re left asking ourselves, how do we go back? That can sometimes be the hardest part.

Returning to blogging after several months off is like returning to the gym after a long time away. Or revisiting an old friend who you haven’t spoken to in months. Or hitting “send” to that email that’s been sitting there for weeks. It’s deciding to re-visit that one thing you’ve been missing (or shall we say, avoiding). What’s so hard about it?

Yeah… a lot of things. I’m with you there.

Rather than get bogged down by the limiting beliefs, let’s focus on ways to overcome them. How can we get over our anxiety and pent-up fear that’s holding us back?

It really comes down to the first step: 5,4,3,2,1. As Mel Robbins (author of The 5 Second Rule: Transform your Life, Work, and Confidence with Everyday Courage) would say, automate your decision into a 5-second countdown. Jump out of bed and JUST. DO. IT.

It means getting over our fear of what other people will think. Pinning the worst case scenario and telling ourselves that we can handle it, that not taking action is worse than trying. Not deciding is also a decision.

It’s kind of like walking into a new school (former new kid probs). The hardest part is just making it through the front door. But once you’re in there, it’s a cake walk! (okay, maybe not for me). A better analogy is walking into a gym or a workout class… worst case scenario, you can walk right back out if it isn’t for you. And that’s fine, too. At least you gave it a shot.

What’s something you’ve been meaning to get back to? How will you feel when you do it? What will the outcome look like?

I find that when I write more, I feel more reflective and self-aware. When I workout more, I feel more focused and energized. When I speak more, I feel more confident and connected.

Are there any patterns like that in your life? Do you enjoy things more when you do certain things or don’t do them? Remind yourself of the outcome and take the next step.

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