5 SECOND RULE
So I was looking for a new book to read and I came across this one – The 5 Second Rule: Transform your Life, Work, and Confidence with Everyday Courage by Mel Robbins.
I posted it on my Instagram asking if anyone had read it and what their thoughts were. A few people gave some really good positive feedback so I decided to give it a read. Check out the link for more info (description).
The book isn’t very long either. The hardcover is only about 240 pages. I read the kindle version but I will be going out to buy a hard copy so I can have it as a reference whenever I need it.
I read about 30 pages yesterday afternoon and really liked her style of writing. She was able to articulate her message in a way that was very easy to understand.
Later on in the evening I got into bed and started to read it again. A few hours later I finished the book. I couldn’t put it down. The message was so on point.
How to enrich your life and destroy doubt in 5 seconds.
Without getting into it in detail, she talks about finding the courage to go after all the things you want in life. How most of our actions are based around feelings. For example, I think I want to exercise and I know I should so I can be in better shape. But what prevents me from getting off my ass and doing it? That feeling at the time that I don’t really want to. It feels better chilling on the couch. As a result, I will do it tomorrow. We all know what happens tomorrow!
She has created a rule or trigger that she calls the 5 Second Rule. The idea is that instead of thinking about something you count down backwards from 5 and then go do it (5-4-3-2-1-GO). Otherwise, our brain will start think of excuses to avoid doing the action.
This rule was created to help her get out of bed in the morning instead of hitting the snooze button. I’m very guilty of that and when I read all the info she provides on the negative aspects of the snooze button, I know I need to change my habit. Over the next week, I am going to be employing the rule to see how it starts to change my life. I will include an update in my next weekly journal update.
I will admit I am not the best at explaining something I have just read. I am still processing the information she provides but I am very very excited to try what she has suggested. Decision anxiety or analysis anxiety has always been something I struggled with. I am better now but I think this rule/tool will be something that can really help me.
For some other book suggestions, check out my books page. Let me know what you think!