5 Second Rule.
Back in April I attended the ASQ Conference in Seattle and heard Mel Robbins speak as one of the key note speakers. She wrote a book called the 5 Second Rule, and I immediately clicked with this book & the thoughts behind it. While she pretty much talked through what the 5 second rule is and how to apply it to your life during her talk, I downloaded the book the next day and decided to start reading it.
In short, the 5 second rule is this:
Before doing something you really don’t want to do, start counting back from 5 like a rocket launch and get going! So, if you’re not motivated to workout one day, just count 5-4-3-2-1 and get dressed to go workout! Don’t want to make a phone call you’re dreading? 5-4-3-2-1 pick up the phone and do it…you’ll be happier that you did it than if you kept waiting. Procrastination becomes a thing of the past :)
Pretty simple right?! It seems SO STUPID AND EASY, and Mel even said that in her speech and many times throughout the book. And it IS easy! But it’s also easy to just stay in your comfort zone and not do the thing you are procrastinating. The goal is to fight that urge every time you want to give up or just not do it. It’s hard, but just try it once with something small and I bet you’ll start to notice a change!
After finishing the book, I started applying the 5 second rule to my workouts and to do certain things I was putting off for too long. I won’t say I’m perfect at it, but it definitely helps on those days when I just want to ignore all my responsibilities.
Don’t want to run? 5-4-3-2-1 and I get dressed and out the door!
Don’t want to do a project at work? 5-4-3-2-1 and I bang it out faster and with great details.
Putting off studying for my fitness exam because I am nervous that I won’t even pass it before I even get finished with the studying?! 5-4-3-2-1 and I finished 7 chapters in a week!!!
I am certainly NOT perfect, but the 5 second rule is always in the back of my mind when I do anything. Because even before I had heard about this, I started telling myself things like “Future Holly will thank you for doing the dishes”, so I took time to do the dishes at night even when I was too tired because I knew it would make my morning smoother. Those tiny little changes in mindset has really helped me move forward in things with my life and I am so thankful I learned about it.