I think we have all heard about the 5 second rule when it comes to food but have you heard about the 5 second rule when it comes to self-motivation? My morning has been completely inspired by Mel Robbins’ story that she shares in her interview with Tom Bilyeu from Impact Theory.
Do you ever wonder why is it so hard to do the little things that would improve your life? Getting up out of bed without hitting snooze, going for that run, speaking up in a meeting, calling your parents, applying for that job, etc. In the video Mel talks about how our brain is designed to stop us at all costs from doing anything that might hurt us, and often times the little things we need to do are perceived as painful, or hard, or uncomfortable. As Mel describes it, we get into the habit of hesitating and in that moment of hesitation, we convince ourselves not to do the thing that we know we should do. You might think to yourself that this is just a small action that is meaningless in the grand scheme of things, but in reality these tiny decisions that we do or do not make can take us so far off track of our life goals until all of a sudden you find yourself farther and farther away from what you wanted for yourself. You know what you need to do but you can’t seem to make yourself do it.
So how do you get out of your head and stop thinking about what you need to do and actually do it?
Mel’s answer to that question is the 5 second rule. She counts back from 5 like a NASA spaceship take-off (5, 4, 3, 2, 1) and when she hits 1, she does the action she is telling herself she needs to do. The 5 second rule takes over that window of time in which you can move from idea into action before your brain sabotages your behavior. As she describes in her video, it triggers you to shift gears and act with confidence. You are overriding your brain’s tendency to hesitate, and instead giving yourself a timeline and an action plan. It helps you assert control over your decisions and get out of autopilot.
I highly recommend you listen to her video here where she describes the 5 second rule in more detail, it was so inspiring to listen to this morning. I am going to make it my mission this week to practice the 5 second rule. Let me know if you want to join me and we can share our experiences with it together! Stay tuned for next week where I will talk about what I discovered from trying it.
Have a great week everyone!
#MondaysMeaningfulMessage (in this case, Tuesday!)