The 5 Second Rule

Knowing what you need to do to improve your life takes wisdom. Pushing yourself to do it takes courage.

-Mel Robbins

Sometimes on my days off I find that I lack the motivation to do things. My to do list is long, but I often feel like I don’t have the energy to start. I give myself a million excuses (it’s too cold outside, my couch is too comfy, the baby needs a nap soon, etc.), but deep down I know they aren’t valid. I think of the people I look up to, and I know they have as many hours in a day as I do. How do they do it all? Why can’t I be like them?

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Enter The 5 Second Rule, by Mel Robbins. I read this book about a month ago and it really changed my perspective on my time and my goals. What is the 5 second rule, you ask? According to Mel, “If you have an instinct to act on a goal, you must physically move within 5 seconds or your brain will kill it.” What does this mean? Basically, your mind is constantly telling you why you can’t do something. It will give you excuse after excuse until you are convinced that you shouldn’t do it. This is a protective measure by your mind. Your brain thinks it’s keeping you safe, but in reality it is keeping you from growing into who you want to be. If you can move past those excuses, you can make big changes in your life.

So, how do you put The 5 Second Rule to work in your life? It’s simple. Whenever you have an instinct to do something, immediately start the countdown in your mind. Think 5-4-3-2-1, then go! Start that project, crush that workout, call that friend you’ve been meaning to talk to for ages. By doing a countdown in your brain, you are disrupting the pathway in your mind telling you that you can’t. I should add here, The 5 Second Rule is not meant for you to act on dangerous or irrational thoughts. The Rule is for those things that you know you should do, things that would be good for you to help you grow and progress as a person.

Do you have a goal? Something you want to accomplish? Whether it’s a business idea you’ve been wanting to try, a fitness goal you have in mind, or a relationship you want to build with someone, The 5 Second Rule can apply in every situation. Give it a try! If you need more motivation, check out Mel Robbins’ website. It is full of great information as well as stories from hundreds of others who have used The Rule to change their lives. Whatever it is you want to do, you can do it! 5-4-3-2-1 GO!