If you’ve never heard of the 5 Second Rule by Mel Robbins, you’ve got to check it out. I came across the audio book last week and ever since then I am obsessed with how I can use the rule to improve many facets of my life.
The timing couldn’t be more perfect to start using the rule. Starting on August 1, I am going to use the rule to improve my health, lower my weight, increase my posting on social media, write consistently, drink more water, achieve more at work and so on. Seriously, using this rule is going to work. I am going to record every day how I am using the rule to make improvements. At the end of August, I will compile my results and see just how effective the rule really is.
What is it?
Basically, the 5 Second Rule is a method of getting yourself out of your head and into action. At least that’s my explanation. If you haven’t heard of it, I recommend listening to the audio book. It is narrated by Mel Robbins and she’s hilarious, straightforward and doesn’t pull any punches. To use the rule, you simply count backwards from five and when you get to one you take action. You don’t let your fears or laziness or feelings get in the way. As Mel says, “the rule is simple, but it’s not easy.” You have to actually take action to use it. You have to do the work.
As part of my 30-day experiment, I’ll break down why the rule works and how I am using it. It’s a tool. I know that. In order for it to work I have to use the tool. It isn’t magic. It isn’t something that I will just think about and hope things get better. I have to take the steps and get moving. Counting backwards from five is a good way to get started.