Very early yesterday morning I wrote the most amazing blog post; really amazing. You know when you are totally in the zone?
I had composed a very lengthy (and amazing 🙂 post, with several external links to brilliance elsewhere online and also had embedded a video, all while still propped up in bed as inspiration hit, on my iPhone, using the WordPress app instead of getting up and going to a computer.
I hit publish, and poof! It all disappeared. Yes, not saved as a draft, just poof disappeared … and oh yeah, no back up. I know better, but as I am just starting to blog after years of not writing here, I thought I could get away with a quick post. The Internet Universe had other plans for me apparently.
Lesson learned for self, don’t use WordPress (or the app) only to write. Write first elsewhere, save it, and then copy it to my WordPress blog … and … don’t depend on any iPhone app 100%.
So here I am 24+ hours later, trying to remember what I wrote, which is proving impossible. Of course.
And, I’ll still give it a go. Here’s some of what I wrote about:
I needed some more structure in my life, along with added courage to make some positive changes in my life, so I recently started working with The 5 Second Rule by Mel Robbins. I read everything that I could find on it, watched all videos that I could find, and bought Mel’s book:
My only regret is that I didn’t find this tool sooner.
As one who lives 24/7 daily with the challenges and disabilities that come with a wicked combination of fibromyalgia, generalized anxiety disorder and P.T.S.D., I very quickly found that The 5 Second Rule is a powerful tool, and when applied, it really can make a huge difference … especially with paralyzing anxiety that stops me from getting things done and from living a full life.
So yesterday morning I put out a tweet :
This morning I start. I have made up my own version of what I think will work for me for a few days.
I’ll set 5 tiny goals every day, and use the 5-4-3-2-1 every day, for 5 days in a row, in order to help me succeed in reaching my goals. I will make the goals tiny on purpose … achievable, in order to succeed! I figure that we all do way more than 5 things in a day, so if I set a few of my daily tasks as mini- goals, I will be taking baby steps to move my life forward.
And, I will post it publicly, to make myself accountable to me. (nobody else is reading this anyway 🙂
By my losing a lengthy and beautifully composed blog post yesterday, what are a few lessons that I learned, that help me with anxiety and perfectionism and/or if it were viewed as a mistake?
- Let It Go. (there are no other options to achieve peace in those situations)
- Do the best you can to start again, perfect or not, and as soon as possible.
- It wasn’t a mistake, just a BLIP glitch.
So as it is October 16th, now I start my day, with my own, 5 Days, 5 Seconds, 5 Goals … today!
As I don’t remember the entire blog post from yesterday and my writing really isn’t having the same feel behind it as yesterday, I will leave you with another video interview of Mel, by Lewis Howes, which also one part of what inspired me initially to get on this #5SecondRule path.
Thank YOU Mel, I am super grateful for all that you do.