How often do you hit the snooze button in the morning for that extra 5 minutes sleep? EVERYDAY.
How often do you wait until the last minute to get things done? EVERYTIME
Finally, how often do you put off tasks simply for the fear of failure? More often than you think.
This, my friend, is procrastination – the most common human behavioural aspect.
Trust me, we’ve all been there, suffered multiple times yet not been able to overcome. Have you even thought about the logic behind such a behaviour? It is nothing but acting upon your habit loops or repeating yourself without thinking.
Hence the 5 second rule. Just do it or your mind will stop you at the slightest hesitation.
Remember the 5 second rule you taught your child to pick up food off the floor? That’s when the original ‘5 second rule’ saved your child a heartbreak.
How about following the same rule to save your day? 5…4…3…2…1! Wake up…don’t hit the snooze button.
Do this for 3 consecutive days and in no time, you will overcome one of the greatest obstacles to your path of success and productivity.
As Mel Robbins, bestselling author, life coach, TV host and CNN commentator, explains, “When you understand a 5 second decision and you understand you always have a choice from autopilot to decision maker, everything in your life will change.”
Every human mind has a 5 second window to make or break a decision. When you know what you want for yourself and you have taken a decision, do not wait for more than 5 seconds to act. Scientific research has shown that the human mind has about 5 seconds or less to act before the brain kicks into full gear and sabotages any change of behaviour. *
The real trick in the 5 second rule is counting backwards. By the time you reach 1 it acts like a prompt to the brain, it awakens the prefrontal cortex and interrupts a habit and prompts you to move.
It is important that you get started within 5 seconds and consistently use the trick through the day for all your decisions. This will make you more confident, decisive, and better in everything that you do. The brain has the power to act, you just need to train your brain in the right direction.
Hope, you find this information useful. Try practicing the 5 second rule in your life and feel the change. Don’t forget to share your experiences with me.
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Source: Mel Robbins, The 5 Second Rule