5 Count Act
This is an AWESOME short mind trick to get yourself out of a place of inertia and into action. It helps you start acting on instinct and keeps you from overthinking. All you do is this:
Acknowledge you have thoughts & feelings
Ignore them for now
Count backwards from 5 to 1, and do something, even if it’s as simple as standing up.
“Then, I did something that I had never done before—I ignored how I felt. I didn’t think. I did what needed to be done Instead of hitting the snooze button, I started counting. Backwards. 5..4..3..2..1.. And then I stood up. That was the exact moment I discovered the #5SecondRule.”
Robbins, Mel. The 5 Second Rule: Transform Your Life, Work, and Confidence with Everyday Courage (p. 36). Savio Republic. Kindle Edition.
Accept what IS
Byron Katie is amazing. Her process called “the work” is truly transformational. This process is one that can move you to accepting what is… not wishing things were different than they really are. Here are the basic principles:
Notice when your thoughts argue with reality
Become aware of your story – what is it that you’re telling yourself about the situation?
Ask yourself, is your story true? (yes or no)
Can you absolutely know it’s true? (yes or no)
Identify how you react emotionally when you think that thought.
Ask yourself, who would you be without that thought?
Take your thought, and turn it around – make the statement the opposite of what it currently is. How do you feel now?
Appreciate your accomplishments
You’ve listed out all the things you feel proud of, way to go! Take a moment to look at that list, and truly savor the effort it took to get where you are.
Ready to spread the love? Try appreciating others with the tools presented in this book:
“This book will give you the tools to improve staff morale, create a more positive workplace, and increase employee engagement. How? By teaching you to effectively communicate authentic appreciation and encouragement to employees, co-workers, and leaders. Most relational problems in organizations flow from this question: do people feel appreciated? This book will help you answer “Yes!”