The Next Five Seconds are Most Important #mgtab @Mimisgang1 #RachelleAyala

5, 4, 3, 2, 1 GO!

How many of you make a good decision and get up right away and get going? If you’re like me, you might think about it some more or put it off until you have more energy. You might decide you need more time or get distracted by something else.

However, research shows that the NEXT FIVE SECONDS are the most important five seconds of your life because you can only ACT in the present plus the next five seconds before something else pops up and kills the impulse.

Mel Robbins gave an excellent Ted Talk on forcing yourself to do what you know you want and need to do, and do it on impulse within five seconds. Don’t sit there and talk to yourself that you need to do it. Don’t think about how to do it. Don’t look up all the ways you could do it, and definitely don’t spend the rest of the day thinking or regretting how you could have done it.

Before you can countdown from five to one, get up and physically push yourself to do what you have decided you need to do. Instead, countdown, 5, 4, 3, 2, 1 … and get up and go.

Mel calls it activation energy. You need a physical push toward your elusive goals by taking action—not only visualizing or self-talk or mulling, but activating your body to make it real.

“It’s your job to make yourself do the crap you don’t want to do, so you can be everything that you’re supposed to be.” – Mel Robbins

Watch Mel Robbins’s Ted Talk: How to Stop Screwing Yourself Over

What is something you’ve been putting off and meaning to start, any time now?

Decide to do it, and then countdown 5, 4, 3, 2, 1 and go for it.

This year, I decided to wake up positive every morning. If I get a little anxiety when I wake, I countdown 5, 4, 3, 2, 1 and say a prayer, thanking God that he’s blessed me to see another day. I count the people and situations I’m grateful for and I don’t allow anxiety and worry to take over. I can’t help the waking up with a pounding heart, but I surely can change the next five seconds afterwards.

I also wrote and published eight books, including a book about Bitcoin (Smart Woman’s Guide to Bitcoin). How many times in the past did I “think” about Bitcoin, ask others about it, mull over it, and didn’t take the plunge? Well an old dog can learn new tricks and this year, I learned about cryptocurrency and decided to pass on what I learned to others in an easy-to-understand accessible way.

I had the impulse 3 days before November 1st to join Nanowrimo 2021 and write a complete novel in thirty days. Each day, I knew I had to add to my story, so 5, 4, 3, 2, 1 … I opened up my document and put in the words. Lastly, being a writer means a lot of sitting down. I knew I needed more exercise and moving my legs during the day to prevent blood clots. My friend, Stacy, has a under the desk pedal “bike.” I thought about it too much until finally, I went and got one. Now, when I want to rest my eyes or my hands, I pick up a book and sit at the table and pedal.

What have you been putting off? Five seconds …

Books I wrote this year …

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I’m having a sale for Dottie’s Christmas Wish (99c the month of December). It’s a sweet and magical single father romance with a cheerful mail carrier who finds a little girl lost at the side of an icy creek. She didn’t wait five seconds before doing what she needed to do, get the girl to safety and call her dad. It was inspired by a real life story of a mail carrier who found a lost child in the snow.


Dottie’s Christmas Wish
All Merry Jolly wants is to make Dr. Colton Dale smile. All his daughter, Dottie, wants is a dog. Will Christmas wishes come true for three lonely hearts?

How about you? What will you do in the next five seconds? It could be life-changing!

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Dashing Through the Season #mgtab @mimisgang1 #RachelleAyala


It’s a case of mistaken identity, secret agendas, Christmas love and magic, all with the help of a “talking” dog with superhero qualities. – by Rachelle Ayala

Can you believe Thanksgiving is right around the corner? This has been a busy year for me with a new granddaughter, traveling, getting acquainted in a new neighborhood, exercising, and of course, writing!

I know I need to slow down, but I have so many book ideas and then there are all the books I want to read, so as we head to the end of the year, I’m looking forward to snuggling up in front of the fire and READING all the great Authors’ Billboard collections coming up.

My latest book, Dashing Through Christmas, is a zany romantic comedy where event planner Misty Jolly rushes around causing accidents while being spied on by retail executive, Dash Weston while incognito as a mystery shopper. Hijinks ensue when Misty causes Dash’s plane to crash, he loses his voice, and a “talking” dog runs around planting advice and snarky comments into his mind. You can get Dashing Through Christmas, as well as nine other fabulous Christmas romances in our newest Unforgettable set – Unforgettable Christmas Promises for 99c or read on KindleUnlimited.

New Release – Santa on Strike

Do you like naughty boys? What happens when a naughty boy becomes a Santa man and he gets his first job?

Meet Nixon Bright. He’s not the nicest Santa around, but then, he doesn’t have the nicest job. Nixon scraped the bottom of the barrel and ended up working in a bar—Bette Jo’s Bimbo Bar—where sloppy sitters and spilled drinks make working conditions hazardous.

All Bette Jo has is Bimbo’s Bar, a mountain of debt, and a baby girl to feed. To save her family business she needs a big attraction—the hunky barroom Santa she hired. When he proposes a dinner date to add to his benefits package, Bette accepts. What could go wrong when she’s the boss and she holds all the cards?

Pick up Nixon and Bette Jo’s fun Christmas romp for 99c [on sale] at Amazon or read it with Kindle Unlimited. [Santa on Strike]

Be sure to sign up for the Author’s Billboard Newsletter to be notified of our upcoming Christmas boxed sets for a fun festivities and romance in the air.