Mel Robbins, creator of The Five Second Rule, says, "It's amazing how much you do if you just get started."
Using the Five Second Rule as a countdown to blastoff is the easiest of all the techniques to incorporate into you daily routine. You can use it over and over again because of its simplicity. And...you can use it with every other technique to make them more effective. It will automatically enhance each experience.
So what does this technique actually do for you? It helps you take action even if you do not feel like it. In essence, you are making many small directional changes during the day that move you in a positive direction towards completing your goal or project. Over time, these small directional changes can make a huge difference in your life. How? Direction, over time, equals destination.
An added benefit is the reduction of regret. Things left undone have a tendency to weigh on our conscious and in the end usually jump up to bite us at a most inopportune moment. Thus regret. And, to make matters worse, where something was small early on, it has suddenly grown bigger because we had put it off. The 5 Second Rule can save you from all that grief and regret.
Did you know that the rocket that took the Mars Rover on its mission to Mars did not fly in a straight line? Yes, a rocket can get a little off course. Think of all the effort, planning and work that went into making the rover and...it got off course. What did NASA do? Many times during the flight, the rocket made small mid-course adjustments to get back on course. Maybe that is something we humans could learn from.
While pursuing a goal, and we get off course, the question becomes, "How in the heck do I get back on course?" Well, it's simple really. You count down just like NASA does at launch. You go from inactivity to activity; you start taking action; you don't hesitate. You'll be amazed how much more you can get done using this one simple strategy.
When you know you are procrastinating and should be doing something else, you simply count down from five. 5,4,3,2,1 to blastoff. If you're thinking that sounds too Mickey Mouse, hundreds of thousands of people have used this technique since it was created and popularized by Mel Robbins. You will be seeing a video of her shortly on this page. What a story she has to tell!
Did you know your brain was not designed to make you happy? It wasn't. It was designed to keep you safe. There is a primitive part of the brain that existed for primitive man which at the time was something he needed. The primitive part of the brain makes the "fight or flight" mechanism pop into action at the first sign of danger. It was absolutely important thousands of years ago when man was at the mercy of animals who were faster and stronger than we humans. Then, every human had to be super aware, at all times, of anything that could harm them.
But today, we don't have to worry about animals killing us. The primitive part of the brain doesn't know or care that times have changed. It continues to function as it always has. That means we need to bypass us so we can continue to grow and prosper as human beings. Yes, there are a few times when danger is close. But there are a lot more times when what seems like danger, at first, is actually good for us.
To grow, we need to get outside our comfort zone. That makes our lives a little painful for a small amount of time. No pain, no gain. So what do we do to bypass the primitive part of our brain? We can simply use the 5 second rule. By counting down from 5 to 1 to blastoff, we do not allow the primitive part of our brain enough time to initiate the fight or flight mechanism.
Take a moment now to think about something calling for your attention, and has for awhile. Something you are neglecting. If you are like most people, you have put this off because you simply didn't feel like doing it. Well, the beauty of this technique is you bypass feelings. If you give your mind enough time, it will resort to habitual thinking and in this case, your habitual thinking is procrastination. Sound familiar? Well, surprise. You're not going to let that happen now that you know this technique. 5,4,3,2,1 blastoff.
"The bottom line? If you have an instinct to act on a goal, you must physically move within 5 seconds or your brain will kill it." - Mel Robbins
Can something so simple really work? Absolutely. There is more than ample proof from many people in many different situations. The Five Second Rule is powerful. How can something so small make such a big difference in your success? Three words - ACCUMULATION...OVER TIME.
The fact is we all know what to do, we just don't do it.
And yes, there will be very small results at first. But over time, an explosion occurs. Each success builds on those that came before. Small actions accumulate. Then, over time, all those small changes become a different life. Yes, it can be that dramatic.
So, why not get started? You don't feel like it? That's ok. It's ok. You now have a technique that bypasses your feelings. 5,4,3,2,1 Start moving. As Mel Robbins says, "The counting you do will focus you on movement towards your goal and distract you from the worries, thoughts, and excuses in your mind."
Are you ready to amaze yourself? We are talking about something easy to do. Simply count. A child can do it. And the results it gives you will bring a smile to your face. As you use the process, you will find your self-esteem growing and feelings of regret diminishing. That is a good combination.
Mel Robbins has a page that gives you more information on the 5 second rule. If you like what you've read so far, you'll want to go to Mel's web page. Want to know more? Here it is: The Five Elements Of The Five Second Rule.
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