Today is August 1. I love the first day of a new month. The slate is clean. All of the goals that I set the previous month (and didn’t meet) are forgotten. Day one of a month feels like there are so many possibilities.
To use the 5 Second rule all you have to do is count backwards from 5 and then take action. It is a way to get yourself moving. It is a way to make yourself stop doing something. It is a way to stop worrying about how you feel and just take action. By counting backwards it affects your prefrontal cortex and therefore your thought process.
This month is different. This month I am counting backwards and using 5 Second Rule to really make things happen. There are a number of areas that I am going to be improving this month and, because the rule works with everything, it is possible to achieve them all!
- Weight loss – I weighed myself this morning and it was a less than pleasant experience. Let’s just say that improvement is definitely needed. I am not going to dwell on a number on the scale, but I will record how much I lose on August 31. There will be a loss. Mark my words! I am going to use the rule to help me eat healthier.
- Water intake – I tell myself every morning that I am going to drink 100 oz of water per day. I even start to track in the morning. Then, at the end of the day, I go to bed not reaching such a simple goal.
- Consistency – I have great motivation at the beginning of the month and then my enthusiasm dwindles. I am tired of fighting the same fight every month. I am going to use the rule to check in with myself and take small actions to ensure that I reach my goals. My goals don’t have to be some lofty unattainable things. Some of my goals are simple, like posting to Instagram daily or writing in my blog daily. I have great intentions but lack follow through. The 5 Second Rule is going to help me change that.
- Writing – I have had a novel stuck in my head for about 20 years. I keep thinking about the story and once in a while I decide to let part of it out. I really, really want to write it but I really want to be lazy. I have to let the want to write win over the want to be lazy. Here’s where the rule will come in and help me succeed.
It’s time to take action! 5-4-3-2-1 – GO! Have a super productive, happy day!