The 5 Second Rule

Have you ever heard about The 5 Second Rule? I hadn't either, but before I got through the introduction to the book by Mel Robbins, I had already started using it, and you know what? WOW! 

Forget that I missed the viral Ted talk from 2011 where she tells us all about it. Really, Brenda? It took you over seven years to learn about this? And you know what's really funny? (You'll get the irony behind this if you already know the rule...or when you learn about the premise) I purchased her book 20 months ago when I first heard about Mel Robbins. WHAT? I know, right? 

So today, I used the rule to get off my keester and get into gear...not just once, but several times. I took action. I got out of my head and got onto my feet and got sh*t done! In fact, this blog post is just one of the accomplishments I'll have finished and then I'll post it post tomorrow (I almost always wait a day so I can edit and précis, etc.). And you know what? In looking back over my day, I can easily recognize several other times I could easily have applied it...had I only known about it. 

Okay, so for those who, like me, have no idea what this rule is....it's really simple. Count back like you're launching a rocket ship. 5-4-3-2-1. Take action! Yep, it's that easy! "The moment you have an instinct to act on a goal (which might even just be getting out of bed today), you must 5-4-3-2-1 and physically move before your brain kills the idea." EPIPHANY! 

If you're a procrastinator or simply are not motivated to take the next step, whatever it may be, (you know, that one thing that you keep putting off), then simply act as soon as you hit 1! No more excuses, just do it...at least take the first step. Wow! How invigorating. And you know what? It makes you feel good about yourself, too. And I bet that once you begin moving forward, you'll want to move forward even further, and maybe even faster! I know tonight I feel more accomplished and I feel better about myself because I made positive headway today. 

We're in the midst of renovations...we have been for quite some time and to be clear, I'm fed up. The whole family is! It's hard to be inspired while living surrounded by boxes piled up, etc.. I'm going to apply this rule in my world of renovations and clutter every day throughout the end of January. I'll share some pics with you when I'm done...before and after. Ugh....5-4-3-2-1...committed! lol 

So, what is one thing you'd love to launch? 5-4-3-2-1...Get started! Let me know how it goes! 

Have a great day! 

Smiles, Brenda


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