Have you ever heard of the 5-second rule? No, I’m not talking about the one that applies to food dropped on the floor. This is a different kind of rule, one that has the power to transform your motivation, drive, and discipline, ultimately leading you to success. It’s a concept that can be a total game-changer when it comes to achieving your goals, and it’s based on the work of author Mel Robbins, who dedicated an entire book to it.

Here’s how the 5-second rule works: The moment you feel that spark of inspiration to do something that will bring you closer to your goals, you start counting, “5, 4, 3, 2, 1…” and then you take action.

Why the countdown, you ask? It’s because this brief period of time is all it takes for your brain to sabotage your best intentions. You see, there’s a part of your brain that resists change and clings to its comfort zone, even if that zone is no longer comfortable for you. If you can act swiftly, you can bypass this resistance and win the battle against procrastination and self-doubt.

Let’s illustrate this with an example: Imagine you’re about to settle onto the couch to watch TV, but you have a goal to be more active. Suddenly, a thought pops into your head, “It’s a beautiful day outside. I should go for a walk.”

Now, if you immediately count “5-4-3-2-1” and proceed to put on your sneakers and head out for that walk, your brain won’t have the time to respond with excuses like, “I’m too tired; I’ll just relax here instead.”

This rule is essentially the embodiment of Nike’s famous tagline: “Just Do It.” It bypasses the overthinking and analysis paralysis that often hold us back and propels us into action. And, as we all know, it’s in those moments of action that change begins to happen.

Give it a try for yourself. The beauty of the 5-second rule is that it starts to build momentum over time as you witness firsthand just how effective it can be. So, the next time you feel inspired to take a step toward your goals, don’t hesitate—count down and take action. Your success may very well hinge on those crucial 5 seconds.

Up for giving it a try today? 

Committed to your success,

Keith, Michelle & MORE Team