Over the last few months I have been very much in a slump. Life is busy, it happens. We all have times where all we really want to do is… nothing. Right? Or am I alone?

Don’t kid yourself. You know you’ve felt this way also!

I have found that as a busy mom, working full time, and spending time with my husband, I am always wishing I had more energy to do more than I actually feel like I do. It’s frustrating. I want to be able to play and be crazy after a long day of working full-time. But instead I just want to plop down and do nothing. I sort of got comfortable doing that. And the more I think about it the more I cringe, because I know I can be more productive. I know that I can be greater than that. I know I have more capacity inside me than I let out.

Now, don’t get me wrong! We all need a break once in a while. I firmly believe that. But using that as excuse to get out of everything you could be doing every day does not lead to joy. For me it only adds to the sense of complacency that hampers my motivation to do anything, or become anything.

A few weeks ago I had the opportunity to listen to some great motivational speakers, one of which was the lovely Mel Robbins. Mel spoke about something she calls the 5-second rule, and it has changed the way I approach my days. The idea is that from the moment we have an idea we have five seconds before we effectively talk ourselves out of it. Sure, there is a little room for fudging that number, but I really have noticed that this is true. If we take five seconds and then just go for it we are ten times more likely to unleash the greatness inside of us.

I have found that this really is an excellent way to get things done. Let me give you an example. My husband and I have made a pact to do a quick clean up of the house every evening. Last night I really didn’t want to do anything. But the moment I remembered our pact I said 5-4-3-2-1, and just did it. And go figure, my house got clean.

It sounds simple. Maybe too simple. But really, how often do we make life more complicated than it needs to be? Sometimes it is the simplicity in life that actually makes a difference.

It is the end of a long week. I’ve been going, going, going. We are heading into a long weekend filled with family time and fun. It’ll be nice to have a break. But the hope is that I don’t let this break break my motivation. Like I said, we all need a break. But having this tool is helping me come back after taking that break and not allowing it to keep me down.

I hope that as you life gets chaotic and messy you don’t talk yourself into being less than you can be. I’m not saying I want you to do more than you can. It can be too easy to overwork yourself. What I am saying is that I know you are greater than you know. So don’t talk yourself out of it. You are allowed 5 seconds. What will you do when the timer hits zero?

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