30 Second Rule: Learn it. Live by it.

Updated: Mar 15

By Leo Gray

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This is something quick that I just learned from a coach of mine, and I wanted to share it.


I know you’ve heard of the five-second rule. The idea is that if you drop a piece of food on the floor, you have five seconds to pick it up before it is deemed to be dirty. But I think this rule is much more important in life.


It is called the 30 Second Rule.


Something happens. Thirty seconds later, forget about it.


Get a bad grade? Forget about it. Keep looking forward.


Make an error in sports? Forget about it. Keep looking forward.


Get rejected by a crush? Forget about it. Keep looking forward.


Anything that will weigh you down, work hard to put it behind you and move forward.


Life is all about moving forward, and once you stop moving forward, you are moving backward. I know it is hard, trust me. I’ve dealt with depressive episodes and not wanting to get out of bed, but whatever happened, forget about it and move on. Find a community, whether its a sports team, a teacher, a club, a gym, or friends and family that will be your rock and who will help you keep moving forward. It is all about moving forward.


Something bad happens, learn from it, and thirty seconds later, forget about it. It will be hard at first, and it will take practice, but you will be amazed at how much weight will be lifted off your shoulders after learning to let things go into the past.



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