The 5 Second Rule by Mel Robbins

Mel Robbins created a simple rule to help fight negative thoughts and feelings to get to action.  All you have to do is countdown 5-4-3-2-1 when doubt or feelings get in the way and then launch yourself into action.  This tool helps improve productivity and get things done, especially the things you know you need to do, but often procrastinate.

The 5 Second Rule: Transform your Life, Work, and Confidence with Everyday Courage

The LASR Method

The LASR Method is a foundation of We all have an amazing ability to reinvent and create ourselves by adding knowledge and skills. We just need to follow these steps – Learn, Apply, Succeed, and Repeat.


The first thing we need to decide is what we want to learn. What do we want to accomplish? Is it a skill we need to accomplish a personal goal, advance our career, or improve our relationships? Once we decide what we want to learn, we can use the Internet to find out more about it. We might discover books and articles, audio books, podcasts, and/or videos to help us learn our new skill.


Learning it is not enough, we must apply it. Learning a new skill or idea is great, but it will not help us grow and improve our lives unless we use it. When learning about something new, I recommend taking notes on your WOWs and NBAs. Your WOWs are what you will do within one week and your NBAs are your next best actions. These will help us apply our learnings to improve our lives.


Success is a choice and we choose to succeed by learning something new and applying it to our lives. Even if it doesn’t work the way we hoped, we will gain valuable feedback that will help us in the future.

Thomas Edison on inventing the lightbulb.

“I have not failed. I just found 10,000 ways that won’t work.”


The final thing is to repeat the process. As lifelong learners we know that our learning is never over and there is always room to grow and improve.

Lifelong Learning Coach

Learn, Apply, Succeed, Repeat

Welcome to Lifelong Learning Coach

Welcome to Lifelong Learning Coach!  My name is Jim Ponchak and I am a math teacher and basketball coach.  I strongly believe that learning and growth should not stop when school stops.  I also believe that it is not enough to learn new things; we need to apply our learnings.

“Contrary to popular wisdom, knowledge is not power – it’s potential power.  Knowledge is not mastery.  Execution is mastery.  Execution will trump knowledge every day of the week.” – Tony Robbins

The goal of Lifelong Learning Coach is to share things I have learned to help others learn, apply, succeed, and repeat.  I will share my thoughts and learnings on ideas, books, courses, and other sources that are helping me grow into my best self.

To paraphrase John Newton: I am not what I ought to be, I am not what I am going to be, but I am better than I used to be.  

I hope you find something here to help you become better than you used to be!