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5…4…3…2…1….Three Months Later!

by Leonard Steinberg

I have to admit, sometimes I truly loathe motivational speakers. Often I find them to be a bit cheesy, over-scripted, with fakes smiles and fake tears, gimmicky, not genuine, self-enriching, you-name-it…. however, often I too sit through their lectures in the hopes of learning SOMETHING, even if it might be the exact opposite of what they propose (see, I am not all 100% positive all the time! 😂😂😂).

At the COMPASS Retreat in Atlanta in October 2022, the keynote speakerwas Mel Robbins. The primary message of her speech was that unless we act on doing something within 5 seconds – The 5-second-Rule – chances are we will delay, further delay or completely abandon that idea or task. I am guilty as charged on this front! At first I thought this was rather silly, but then I remember the multiple days just before leaving for vacation when I had no other option other than to ACTIVATE WITHOUT DELAY to get through 4 day’s work in a day……and it had worked. So for the past three months I’ve been practicing the technique Mel spoke about so enthusiastically 😖.
The moment I have to make ‘that call’ or write ‘that email’ or go to that broker’s open house or “say hello” to that stranger or make my bed…..or hundreds of other ‘to-do’s’ I am so incredibly good at delaying or abandoning out of laziness, fear, loathing, etc, I simply count 5….4….3….2…1….and DO IT WITHOUT DELAY. I’ve tried this now for three months and I’m happy to report that it works. It’s highly effective. I’ve learned a new GOOD habit. And I practice it daily. I encourage you to do the same or at least try it. And I’ll continue to grit my teeth, bite my tongue and attend more ‘motivational speaker’ events knowing that even though they rub me the wrong way most of the time, in each one lies at least one grain of valuable insight, advice or learning.

Have a WONDERFUL Wednesday!