Since I read 'Atomic Habits' while I was recovering from knee surgery I have started to explore more books based on self-help topics. I have read some amazing books in the last 2 years that have helped to change my outlook on life and the way that I do things. When 'The 5 Second Rule' popped up as a recommendation on my Kindle I thought, 'Why not?'.
Within the first few chapters I was already all in. Mel uses a lot of personal testimonials throughout the book from every day people who have implemented the 5 second rule from everything from getting out of bed earlier in the morning through to asking for a promotion. Some reviews I have read on GoodReads didn't feel that these testimonials helped add to the book, but rather made it feel like an infomercial - that Mel was just trying to 'sell something'. I felt the opposite - seeing these stories helped me see that this is an easily implementable action that I can bring in to my Libran (and therefore indecisive!) life.
The book also had some great information regarding how the brain works to make decisions and how procrastination can actually be a good thing! Knowing that putting things off is a way to deal with other stress has given me some great ideas on how to deal with this moving forward, especially when work returns in 2 weeks and I will be back in full swing with my new position.
In regards to the procrastination part - I have been given a pretty awesome opportunity to do one thing I have always dreamed of doing... but I have already been crippled with imposter syndrome and have been procrastinating. After reading only the first part of Mel's book I didn't think twice, counted back from 5 and jumped in with both feet. The procrastination has also paid off as I now have a number of ideas that I will be working on!
Speaking of procrastination, it's already been more that 365 days since my last blog... something I said I was going to work on in 2021. I guess that didn't happen did it!? But here we are again - a new year and another chance to start fresh!!
By the way, the first book I finished in 2021 was 'Close Your Eyes' by Rachel Abbott. This was a Kindle Unlimited book that caught my eye. I read it in just on 2 days. It was full of twists and turns that were unexpected and I really enjoyed it. I will definitely be exploring some of Rachel's other books from the same series.
Also, if you are a GoodReads user it would be awesome to connect - I love seeing what other people are reading (I ended up with a new GoodReads account when I registered my Kindle)!