Have you heard of it? When I was introduced to this concept, right away it blew my mind. Mel Robbins, author of The Five Second Rule was on stage inspiring the heck out of all of us with this crazy idea. The thought that you can change your entire life with just the practice of counting down from five to one in times of self-doubt, fear or uncertainty seemed too easy.
I think it takes a very open minded person from the start to believe in this but once you get in to the thick of the concept it makes a whole lot of sense. The Author was in the throes of a very tumultuous time in her life when she accidentally discovered this notion. She couldn’t bring herself to get out of bed because her life was in such turmoil. She continually smacked the alarm clock every morning when it sounded off because she just couldn’t do it.
All of that changed one evening when she was headed to bed and saw NASA launching a rocket on television. As she watched them count down she had the idea that she was going to do the same the next morning when the alarm went off. SHE DID IT! Something amazing happened for her. She actually got out of bed and began her day. That single act poured over in to her entire routine and suddenly she found herself using the countdown for every thing in her life. She had no understanding about why it worked, it just worked!! Then she began to research to figure out this phenomenon. Turns out there is a very valid and scientific reason why this works.
What we’ve taught our brains all of these years is merely habit. We have repeatedly used these habits until they are encoded into our brain! Did you know that you can replace those habits with other, perhaps more healthy ones? Why does this work? Well, the Rule is a “starting ritual” that activates the pre-frontal cortex of the brain and helps to change the behavior. So, first, the counting distracts you from your excuses and focuses your mind on moving in a new direction. When you physically move instead of hesitating or stopping to think about it your physiology changes and your mind falls in line! (???RIGHT??) Then pushing yourself to take simple actions creates a chain reaction in your productivity and confidence level!! I should note also that this rule comes in to play only when there is something you know you should be doing! There is tons more to it but do you see where I am going with this?
It. Can. Be. Used. In. Your. Health. Goals!!! Oh my gosh what an epiphany, right now! Starting today, I am going to give it a shot and start using this. Don’t get me wrong I’m not a slacker or procrastinator but I imagine that this very simplistic rule can only make life better in every way! The list is endless! For instance, healthy food choices, exercise, making calls, staying in touch with friends and family ~ 5,4,3,2,1 GO, do the thing!
The book is chock-full of testimonials from people who have done this and was amazed at how it’s changed their life. It is so very inspiring. Especially when you hear of folks who were actually in the midst of a suicidal act and changed their mind with a simple count-down. If you have not gotten your copy of this book please do yourself a favor and do so. The science is all there in writing but it’s way more than I can type here for you. You’re welcome my friends.