I was getting set to work on my next product launch yesterday and I had said to myself briefly “I could really use about 30 minutes of me time before I start”.
But instead of goofing off on facebook for 30 minutes or reading about who the pundits think my football team will draft on Thursday night I got busy and took action.
Today I was thinking about why I made that quick decision to work on my product launch rather than goof off or be nonproductive.
Was it because I’m motivated by fear like many people say that motivates them?
No, it wasn’t fear that motivated me.
Was it because I didn’t want to let myself and my family down?
I think that had a little bit to do with it, mostly I didn’t want to let my wife down.
Was it because I’m the kind of guy that always must do the right thing no matter what the circumstance?
I wish, but I don’t…just ask my wife & she’ll tell ya.
I believe it’s because I’ve developed a habit over the years to make a list of things that need to get done for the day and then move on from one task to the next without thinking about it.
I didn’t even realize that I was tricking my brain into not thinking about the tasks, I just worked on the next one on the list.
The list kept me from thinking about how I “felt” about doing the tasks that needed to be done…I just took the emotion right out of there.
I wish I did that all the time in every part of my life…just make a list of what needs to be done and just go down the list.
I’ve done that with my diet and it’s working so far. I just go on the app, type in what I’m going to eat for the day and then I only eat those foods on my list.
It’s effective because I’ve lost 14 lbs so far!
When I was raising my kids, I would tell them that the problem with our culture in the US is people make decisions based on their feelings and not based on right or wrong.
If I allow myself to think about how I feel I hesitate and then get distracted and my work or my tasks for the day don’t get done.
I did a little research on this and came across a very inspiring video of a lady named Mel Robbins.
Mel has developed a way to help people make better decisions in their life and many have really transformed their lives by using the 5 second rule.
In short, she was between jobs and was struggling to get out of bed in the morning for months.
One day she was watching TV and NASA was launching a rocket. The old 5, 4,3,2,1 count down came over the TV and she said to herself… “That’s it! I need to jump out of bed like a rocket in the morning”.
She started the next day and has applied the count down or 5 second rule to every part of her life.
She’s helped millions of people with this strategy to make decisions…so it must be highly effective.
So, what about you?
Do you always take action on the things that you know you should do or do you hesitate and think about how you “feel” about doing them?
Do you think this little strategy can help you achieve your goals and dreams?
Let me know in the comments below.
Ready…5-4-3-2-1 GO!
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