Stop doubting yourself! Use the 5 Second Rule and Take Action
When we think too much and avoid taking action, we limit our business and personal productivity. Our feelings of abundance and happiness shrink. We feel stuck.
Learn how to apply the 5 Second Rule to help you push through your blocks and move forward again.
What is the 5 Second Rule?
Mel Robbins is a life coach, motivational speaker, and author of the book The 5 Second Rule: Transform Your Life, Work, and Confidence with Everyday Courage. She shows how it takes only five seconds to change your life: count backward from 5 to 1 and immediately take action.
Her own aha moment came in 2009 when her life was falling apart. She was unemployed, her husband’s business was failing, and she couldn’t get out of bed in the morning. She knew she needed to change. But she couldn’t find the motivation to do it. Then one night Robbins saw a television commercial of a rocket launch. The 5-4-3-2-1 countdown and launch struck her as exactly what she needed to create change in her life.
The 5 Second Rule was born. At 6 a.m. the next morning Robbins did not hit the snooze button. Instead, she started counting backwards and then launched herself out of bed.
This one simple act completely changed her behavior. Did she feel silly? Yes. Did she ignore how she felt? Yes. For the first time in a long while, she acted instead of putting things off until she felt like doing them. And her life changed dramatically.
She says the 5 Second Rule will “help you beat self-doubt, procrastination and anxiety.” She’s used it to improve finances, self-esteem, her marriage, and self-monitoring skills.
Rewire your brain with the 5 second rule
Counting backwards from 5 to 1 rewires your brain. It stops your mind from racing with worries. Instead, you focus on your goal or commitment and then act. There’s no time to think about your fears.
Robbins describes the process as honoring your instincts with action so your ideas come to life. If you’re facing a challenge or resisting something you know you need to do, count down 5-4-3-2-1 GO!
The 5 Second Rule inspires courage. Robbins has “unlocked the power” inside of her to become the person she always wanted to be. If you tend to doubt your ability to achieve your goals, the 5 Second Rule will motivate you to act before your brain can stop you.
How will the 5 Second Rule create change for you?
In your home based business, your success depends on fresh ideas for marketing and selling your products and services. When you have a great idea, you imagine positive results—increase in prospects and sales, more money in the bank, and living a lifestyle that suits you. But along with those positive thoughts, some doubts and resistance begin to take over when you think about taking action. You might wonder if you can possibly make the idea work or if others will think it’s worthwhile.
STOP! Immediately count down 5-4-3-2-1. When you hit 1 (or sooner!), take action. You might write your idea down instead of rejecting it. Or you could call the person you met at a networking event who expressed interest in your work. Or it might mean starting a new ritual and practicing early morning yoga to jumpstart your day. Whatever the first step is, use the 5 Second Rule and launch yourself forward.
The thing is, if you don’t act in those 5 seconds, your doubts will block you. The next thing you know, the moment has passed. Your idea will remain just that: an idea, never a reality.
When you use the 5 Second Rule, you say yes to action. You’ll see results and begin to feel more confident. This will have a snowball effect. You’ll no longer be willing to wait around for someone to make things happen in your life. You’ll rely on yourself to create positive change.
Trust your instincts
The more you trust your instincts and act on them, the better your life will be. Applying the 5 Second Rule to push forward with your ideas is what Robbins calls a “heart-first decision.” That’s when you let your courage work for you.
As Robbins notes, “Five seconds of courage makes all the difference.”
Try it and see for yourself, and let us know in the comments below how the 5 Second Rule worked for you!
You hold the power to transform your life!