Here's something FUN! Since we're all just kids at heart, in this newsletter we explore a strategy that's like a game to motivate. Our inner young-parts of ourselves love to be excited and take positive action, so I believe you'll enjoy it too!
"The moment you have an instinct to act on a goal you must begin in 5-4-3-2-1! Physically move or your brain will simply stop you.” ~ Mel Robbins
From the book called "The 5 Second Rule", Mel Robbins talks about the night she noticed a commercial that showed a rocket launch. 5…4…3…2…1 – go!
She thought the count-down was stupid at first, but the next morning, she decided to launch herself out of bed, just like a rocket. After counting down from five, she stood up, and that’s how she discovered The 5 Second Rule and it changed everything.
Today, as she spreads awareness of the rule, she defines it as follows: “If you have an impulse to act on a goal, you must physically move within 5 seconds or your brain will kill the idea.”
Here are 3 reasons why this simple idea of a 5-second countdown can work well for you:
(1) Through little acts of courage, the 5 Second Rule makes you less afraid, over time.
Mother Nature knew so she created a 'pause' to give you time to doubt your decisions or check your surroundings in case there are saber-toothed tigers roaming the world. That "pause" is what can now keep you stuck.
The 5..4..3..2..1.. Go! method recognizes the pause, and gets you ready to move anyway. Trust me... there are no recent sightings of saber-toothed tigers!
(2) You can stop waiting for “the right time,” because it’ll never come.
Here's two universal facts:
*One - no one is truly happy all the time, everyone wants to change their lives in one way or another
*Two - typically, we spend a lot of time wishing and waiting for change to magically occur
An overused excuse is: “I’m waiting for the right moment.” Yeah, right! Do you actually believe that?
Inside of our mind are voices that try to protect us and ensure that we survive. They don't really concern themselves with what we want or whether we're 'happy'. That's why we know deep down, that the magic moment will never come. The voices in our mind are there to remind us of three factors:
A) Change is always new and different.
B) New or different always means uncertainty.
C) Uncertainty is potentially dangerous and scary.
Whether you want to get healthy, feel more energized, or make yourself more of a priority, those three factors are always there. They will be no less true tomorrow, next week or six months from now!
To get more of what you want in life, you have to do something new or different... like figuring out how to say NO. ...And you’re not guaranteed to make everyone else happy.
Showing up in a new way will most definitely make you feel uncomfortable, at first. Whatever you want that you don’t have, it’ll always require doing something new, scary and uncertain, which makes waiting even a day longer, nothing but a cop-out and a waste of time. That’s why the 5 Second Rule can be your best friend.
Even if the first action you take is tiny, like a Google search or setting a reminder in your phone, it’s an action nonetheless and that’s the only thing that matters. The way forward is always the smallest, next best step and let your inner GSP tell you whether it's in the right direction.
(3) Okay, so now we know that we need to stop waiting, but why do we wait so much?
To answer this, we can refer to the work of Antonio Damasio, a world-renowned neuroscientist. In a book called "Descartes’ Error", Damasio lays out the results of his research that suggest as much as 95% of our decisions are ultimately decided by feelings, not facts. He proves we are “feeling machines that think, not thinking machines that feel.”
The sequence of events isn’t THINK, then ACT, but FEEL, then ACT. As a result, the simple reason we don’t act is that we “don’t feel like it.”
To solve this problem, let's consider truly successful people, like star athletes. Often their feelings are noted suggestions, rather than absolutes, which can allow them to be overwritten. The 5 Second Rule is one great strategy to use as the override. It pushes you further towards your goal. If you ever thought you couldn’t run, swim or bike any further, but did anyway, you know this is possible.
The 5 Second Rule is psychological intervention on a very small scale: You’re changing your behavior to impact how you feel, rather than hoping for the process to happen in reverse. A simple idea to remember is that when you choose to act with good behavior, good feelings often follow.
Are you ready to make the smallest, next best choice? Choose one of the options below, then 5…4…3…2…1 – go!
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