Have you heard of the 5-second rule?
(No, this is not talking about the 5-second rule for food dropped on the floor. )
Call it whatever you want – your motivation, drive, or discipline – but this rule can be a total game-changer in that department. Other people have talked about this in the past and come back to it time after time because it is SO IMPORTANT for your results.
Yes, it’s true: your success can come down to as little as 5 seconds, according to author Mel Robbins, who wrote an entire book about it!
Here’s how the rule works. The moment you get a “spark” to do something that will help you move closer towards your goals – you count 5, 4, 3, 2, 1 … and then you DO IT!
That brief countdown is the amount of time it can take for your brain to kill your best motivations.
There’s a part of your brain that HATES change – it likes to stay in its little comfort zone (even if you no longer find that zone very comfy).
But if you can TAKE ACTION before it can stop you, you WIN!
For example, let’s say you are about to sit on the couch to watch TV, and you have a goal of being more active. You suddenly think, “It’s nice out. I should go for a walk.”
If you say 5-4-3-2-1- and right away put on those sneakers to go for a walk, your brain won’t have time to respond with, “Nah, I’m feeling tired – I think I’ll veg out here. instead.”
It makes sense, right?
It’s basically the same as Nike’s tagline: Just Do It. It gets you out of your head and spurs you into ACTION.
This is perfect because that’s where the change happens!
Try it for yourself. The best part is that it builds on itself over time as you start to see firsthand how well it works.
Up for giving it a try today?