The 5 Second Rule

I am a collector of motivational sayings. Usually, these snippets of brilliance are found on Facebook or Instagram. I keep the collection on my computer desktop for quick and frequent viewing. Some of my favorites include:

  • “What would you attempt to do if you knew you could not fail?” – Anonymous
  • “I never dreamed of success. I worked for it.” – Estee Lauder
  • “Done is better than perfect.” – Sheryl Sandberg (Ouch, that one always hurts)

Motivational quotes, books, and videos make us feel good. They inspire goals and a plan to improve ourselves. Life will really be great! That is, if you can get off the sofa…

I recently came across an online video by Mel Robbins, a motivational speaker I really connect with. She says if you don’t feel like doing something, you will never do it. You have to FORCE yourself to get started. This means getting out of your head, moving past your feelings, and out of your comfort zone. That’s why you need a tool like the 5 Second Rule. (No, not the one you are thinking of.)

The 5 Second Rule works like this. If you don’t engage in an activity in the first 5 seconds, chances are, you never will. So the next time you need to do something you don’t want to do (getting out of bed, making a phone call, driving to the gym), think to yourself, “5-4-3-2-1…” and do it. It takes the emotions out of the decision and makes it less daunting. The more you use the tool, the easier it gets, and the more you will accomplish.

I’ve been using the 5 Second Rule for a couple months and it’s made a huge difference in my productivity. Google Mel’s TEDx Talk “How to Stop Screwing Yourself Over” where she explains the process in depth. It will transform the way you approach your goals.

Getting what we want is simple, but never easy. Whether it’s getting back on track with a healthy eating plan, cleaning out the garage, or finally starting your own business, an investment in yourself will create growth and change your life.

So, let’s get started. 5-4-3-2-1…go!

Debra Laizure

Tulsa Lifestyle contributing writer

Principal, Laizure Marketing & PR


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