What is "The 5 Second Rule"?

Do you have a desire to GROW? Do you want to CHANGE?

The first step is the hardest. Our brain is constantly trying to keep the status quo and prevent us from change. How do we fight back and motivate ourselves to move forward?

My new favorite book is “The 5 Second Rule” by Mel Robbins. She shares how this invention changed her life. She had bottomed out and her life was crumbling - career, marriage, family, finances and friends. She could not even get out of bed in the morning - leaving her “behind the 8 ball” the rest of the day. She was inspired by watching a rocket launch one evening and decided that a countdown from 5 would get her out of bed the next morning. She tried it and it worked! She continued to count 5-4-3-2-1-GO each morning to change her behavior and get out of bed on time. When you count backwards your mind makes a mental shift, interrupting your current thoughts and forces your focus in a new direction. It doesn’t allow your brain time to talk you out of taking the first step. You have to count down to make this work! The medical research is in this post!

Do you struggle with that inner voice that talks you out of doing that one thing you need to do? Our brain is built to protect us from our fears and likes to keep us in our comfort zone. The inner voice can be unrealistic and even harmful, paralyzing us into inaction.

Are you ready for CHANGE? Use the “5 Second Rule” to help you make that first step. It is considered a “starting ritual” that helps change behavior. When you have those “gut feelings” that you should do something, you have less than 5 seconds to win the battle with your brain and take action on those feelings. 5-4-3-2-1-GO!

Every day we are challenged by our brains “protecting” us from danger by killing our thoughts & feelings to take positive ACTION towards a goal. We need to be able to fight back and avoid sabotage. The “5 Second Rule” is a powerful tool to take charge of your thoughts and start the change to help you grow!

If you would like to discuss your GOALS and how to achieve them faster than on your own, please contact me at kcarlson@focalpointcoaching.com.


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