Identifying your goal is only the first step toward achieving it. To get where you’re going, you have to move forward.
Taking the first step isn’t always easy. We have all hit the “snooze” button, and I don’t just mean on our alarm clocks. Any time we put something off in life that we know we need to do, we’re snoozing our actions and delaying our success.
Believe it or not, studies have shown that people lose an average of 55 days per year procrastinating. In addition to wasting time, procrastinating wastes energy, as we’re thinking about what we’re not doing and potentially getting frustrated with ourselves for our inaction.
So, how do you stop procrastinating to accelerate life and growth? How do you pull time forward, make the most of today and live life to the fullest in the present? By taking action now.
The 5 second rule, pulled from the book The 5 Second Rule: Transform Your Life, Work and Confidence with Everyday Courage by Mel Robbins, is an easy way to get started. When you have something to do, count backwards: 5-4-3-2-1 and go. Boom, that easy. You’re off, and you’re getting it done.
Leveraging the 5 second rule will empower you to knock procrastination out of the way early in the morning. Instead of hitting your snooze button, you can get moving as soon as you wake up and get the early exercise that scientists and experts have proven helps you consistently and persistently engage elevated feelings of happiness and positive energy in your life.
Imagine your life with no more snooze button and no more procrastination. How much more productive will you be? How much change will you drive in your life? Where will you be in 3 months time, or in 6 months or in 1 year if you live without procrastination? You’ll be onward and upward.
Life is a journey, and you're in charge of determining how fast and how far you go.