The 5 Second Rule by Mel Robbins explains how you can stop hesitating and start taking actions on the things you want to do and say to improve every area of your life.
I have used a version of the rule since I was 5, due to Rheumatoid Arthritis. Because I experience aches and pains throughout my body 24/7, and I am always fatigued from battling pain, I have used Mel Robbins' thinking to force myself to move and take action when my body feels like doing nothing.
Here are some of the notes I wrote in my journal as I read the book.
"Every single day we face moments that are difficult, uncertain, and scary. Your life requires courage. And that is exactly what the Rule will help you discover - the courage to become your greatest self."
"When you act with courage, your brain is not involved. Your heart speaks first and you listen."
"Anytime there's something you know you should do, but you feel uncertain, afraid, or overwhelmed...just take control by counting backwards 5-4-3-2-1. That'll quiet you mind. Then, move when you get to "1".
"Physical movement is the most important part of my Rule, because when you move your physiology changes and your mind follows."
"You stop yourself from changing the exact same way every single time - you hesitate, then you overthink, and you lock yourself in mental jail."
How to enrich your life and destroy doubt in five seconds.
Throughout your life, you've had parents, coaches, teachers, friends, and mentors who have pushed you to be better than your excuses and bigger than your fears. What if the secret to having the confidence and courage to enrich your life and work is simply knowing how to push yourself?
Using the science of habits, riveting stories, and surprising facts from some of the most famous moments in history, art, and business, Mel Robbins will explain the power of a "push moment". Then, she'll give you one simple tool you can use to become your greatest self.
It takes just five seconds to use this tool, and every time you do you'll be in great company. More than eight million people have watched Mel's TEDx Talk, and executives inside of the world's largest brands are using the tool to increase productivity, collaboration, and engagement.
In The 5 Second Rule, you'll discover it takes just five seconds to:
The secret isn't knowing what to do - it's knowing how to make yourself do it.