Hello dear reader,
Imagine yourself doing everything that you need to do without self -doubt and fear immediately. Think how your life would improve for the better. You would be in control of your own life. You would feel happier, healthier and more successful. Do you ask yourself why it is so hard to take action? What is stopping you from taking action? Why don’t you exercise when you know it is really good for you. Why are you eating all this unhealthy food, that you know is bad for you? Why is your thinking so negative all the time?Yet knowing so much about what we should or should not do, why is it so difficult to take action? Because our brain wants to protect us. We have to push ourselves to do the things we must do that are good for us. I am really excited to write about this new 5 second Rule to help you change your life. This is the five seconds rule of Mel Robbins. Every time there is a great idea in your head, the moment you have an instinct to act on a goal you must physically move within 5 seconds or your brain will stop you. 5-4-3-2-1-GO!
Why does this Rule really work?
Robbins studies show that if you wait more than five seconds after that idea in your head, you probably never act on it. Why? Because your brain’s main job is to avoid trouble and risk, so in less than five seconds it will persuade you to not act upon your idea. Your brain starts asking different questions. What if I look like a fool? What if I can not do it?Most what we are doing is out of habit, research has shown that 40% of your day is spent in autopilot. These habits are most of the time, not serving us. Our brain wants to protect us, it want to keep us safe. Every time we do something for the first time, our brain is keeping us from doing anything that feels scary, hard, or uncertain. In our comfort zone we are safe and staying this way is also easy. Second, most of our decisions are taking out of emotions and feelings.We will never feel like to taking action. This rule allows you to beat your brain in its own game. It is a crucial trick for outsmarting your brain. By counting 5-4-3-2-1-GO! you are distracting your brain from the idea’s that will stop you to take action. The countdown pushes you out of your habitual thinking why should not take action. Pay attention to your ideas, stop thinking of why you should not do it and take action within five seconds.
Feeling in control of your life
Mel Robbins describes in her book “The 5 seconds Rule”: by taking actions that make you feel in control of your life, you will literally begin to change in every single way. As you use the Rule, you cultivate what researchers call an ” internal locus of control”, which means that you believe you have control over your outcomes and future success. Research shows us that those with an internal locus of control are happier, in better health, more likely to achieve at work, and have lower levels of anxiety and depression. And the more often you use the Rule, the easier it becomes to keep using it and keep feeling a sense of control over your life. So, every time you feel yourself shifting into autopilot, count 5-4-3-2-1 to bring awareness to your mind and immediately act, shifting you into control, lowering your stress, and empowering you to keep making positive decisions. If you are interested in the 5 second rule. You can also buy this book.