The Five Second Rule
In order to grow, we must step outside our comfort zone (Tweet it!). But as CNN commentator and bestselling author Mel Robbins says, knowing what to do and why you need to do it will never be enough. “If you don’t start doing the things you don’t feel like doing, you will wake up one year from today and be in exactly the same place.”
As Robbins explains, when there is an internal dialogue between what you should be doing and what you feel like doing, feelings tend to win. That’s why she posits The Five Second Rule:
If you have an impulse to act on a goal, you must physically move within 5 seconds or your brain will kill the idea.
If you have a goal of losing weight, go to the gym. If you have a goal of launching your own business, fill out a business plan template. If you are at a networking event, stop standing in the corner and introduce yourself. “Because when you physically move, your brain starts to build new habits. When you do something you’re not used to doing, you are in the act of building new habits and erasing existing ones.”
Have you ever overridden what you think was a good impulse (one aimed at reaching a positive goal) and regretted it later? What would you have done differently? To join the conversation, click "comments" above.
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Sally Sherwood Rash
10/17/2017 10:11:25 am
My book, "Sally's Silly Small Step System" was published two years ago. It's all about taking that first step to accomplish things we put off...................and I use a stopwatch, setting it for some silly amount of time.
10/23/2017 04:06:39 pm
Thanks for this Sally. Love the idea of being so committed to starting that you use a stopwatch! Do you have an example of a small step that you committed to with that timing prompt? Appreciate you sharing your insights with our community.
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