Recently, I discovered the works of Mel Robbins, author of The 5 Second Rule. In a nutshell, it’s a itsy, bitsy, little strategy that can make a HUGE difference in one’s life.
I loved the concept the very first time I heard her via a TedX Talk. Not only have I taken to the rule, millions of others have too.
What’s most amazing is how simple it is. Mel calls it stupid, but I daresay it’s anything but stupid.
Today, as I was out on my run with my dog who preferred marking his territory ever few minutes rather than run when I came up with an idea based on something I read in Mel’s book.
She recommends, rather than just think about someone who has impacted our lives, let them know.
I thought, “Hmmmm, how could I let her know how much I like her information?” Then it hit me. With a video. In that I started 14 days ago shooting a video a day for 30 days based on the 5 Second Rule, I thought, “Hmmm, I’ll accomplish two things at once. I’ll shoot my daily video by thanking Mel Robbins for her great information.” Boom! Done.
As soon as I got home, showered up and sat my butt down at my desk, on the camera went. What you will watch today is a result of the idea.

How often do you have an idea and do nothing but think about it? Or… you talk yourself out of it? Or, you tell yourself it’s a dumb idea? Or…. you fill in the blanks.
Truth be told, the only way to find out if your idea is a good one is to do it. It’s like the video I shot today. Will Mel see it? I don’t know, but I did tag her on Twitter with a link to the video. It’s not whether or not she sees it. It’s more about the fact I acted on it.
Start acting on your ideas. Maybe nothing will happen as a result OR you may be pleasantly surprised with the outcome.
What’s the best thing that could happen with my video? That she actually says, “Hey, Kathleen. Saw the video. Thanks for the shout out.”
Okay Mel. Balls in your court.