The 5 Second Rule
By Mel Robbins
– Definition of The 5 Second Rule: The moment you have an instinct to act upon a
goal, you must 5, 4, 3, 2, 1 and physically move before your brain kills it.
– It just takes 5 seconds to change your life, that’s science, and a fact.
– Just knowing what you need to do or what needs to be changed is not enough.
– Hesitation can be the kiss of death. You must move when you know you should do
– Yes there are times to hesitate on the big things, but the majority of things need to be
moved on immediately. Send a text, say I love you, ask that question, etc.
– The hardest part is starting.
– When you get out of your own ways and push yourself forward, incredible things can
– You are not a worrier, you just have the habit of worrying. You are not a
procrastinator, you just have a habit of procrastinating. When you separate the
behavior from your identity, you can proceed to break the habit.
– The longer you wait, the harder it is to do something, and the louder the excuse
voices in your head become.
– The longer you think about something, the lower your urge to act becomes.
– We are amazing at fooling ourselves to stay put.
– You can use this rule to change negative or distractible habits.
– You can use this rule to change how you think when you have a negative thought —
countdown, then begin thinking of something else.
– You don’t have to have all the answers, you just need to make the decision.
– Courage is just a push. It might not change the world, but it will change you.
– You don’t always regret the shots you do take, but you do always regret the shots
you do not take.
– The difference between the people who have their deep dreams come true and those
who do not is simple – they have the courage to start and the courage to continue.
– Five seconds of courage changes everything.
– It takes repetition to be successful.
– We make almost every one of our decisions with our feelings, and our feelings are
not usually correct.
– If you only act when you feel like it, you will never act upon anything.
– If you do not learn to untangle your feelings from your actions, you will never unlock
– You cannot control how you feel, but you can always control how you act.
– The biggest mistake you can make is to buy into what feelings are telling you.
– Confidence is a skill you learn through action.
– You can feel like a scaredy-cat yet still take action.
– Do not let fear silence you.
– In five seconds your mind can hijack and cause you to be fearful and worry, but in
another five seconds you can take control and decide not to follow those fears and
– You cannot change the past, but in five seconds you can make a decision that could
change the future.