Story of Author
There was time when I was struck with mundane daily routine then I read and practice five second rule that let me push outside comfort zone. I was annoyed of monotonous routine where career and income as not growing then I decided a life full of greatness then changed my life just because of simple decision.
Connection with History
The Civil rights movement started just because of courageous initiative taken by black lady for her right and she took stance for equality. The stimulus of bold decision took by lady came from glimpse of five second to take right decision that change history of America.
Believe in 5 Second Rule
I had believed in five second rule that there is no need of waiting for right opportunity or person to come in your life rather taking ignited action for changing your destiny that is in your own hands. Just one tiny decision can put brake on your worries and you can start spending happy life.
Craving for Procrastination
There was time when Mel Robbins the author of five second rule was struck in her life because of overwhelming tiredness, fatigue, anxiety and lack of passion to move on.
Robbins was fond of hitting snooze button after spending annoyed night with full of doziness in eyes and experiencing prolonged headache with imminent desire of sleeping further.
She was experiencing laziness and procrastination by ignoring duties of her children that became late from school and Robbinshad lost passion in her lawyer job that she loved before.
Rule is Magic Wand
The relationship of author with her husband was at brink of ending phase.
Then all of sudden, whole life of Robbins changed just because of tiny rule ‘five second rule’ that she taught through her consistent practices and experiences.
The rule is scientifically proven and is not magic gimmick where proof of rule as right is the author herself as she successfully implemented it to get back her life and you can do it too.
The essence of success is to take action and passive reading of personal development books or blogs cannot take you anywhere.
Life requires courage to push yourself up and move forward where five second rule is story of success that you can copy for lifting your career and recording your own story at biography.
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Time of Financial Distress
It was seven o clock when Robbins was sleeping at dark winter while snoozing after striking alarm clock that shouted to awaken her for another boring and long day routine.
The smiling habit had wiped out of her sweet lips and she was not causal Robbins who pay gratitude for another loving day added to her life.
Robbins was struggling for basic bread and butter after getting unemployed and she was not having enough cash to pay bills. She developed drinking habit to relieve from stress and worries of life.
The pleasant mornings of winter were so rude for Robbins that she wants to pass her day by sleeping whole day as she was procrastinating her awakening time after hitting snooze button repeatedly.
Despite all of above routines and bad habits, Robbins decided to bring change in her life by simple count down of 5 4 3 2 1 and immediately woke up despite hitting snooze button.
This was precious moment that laid down first step of changing her life after controlling her detrimental urges.
Let’s Apply it
Let’s repeat the count down with me as five, four, three, two, one and boom. It is tipping point to distract your thoughts that were full of worries and anxiety and for a moment your mind will be free to start focusing on your prime goals.
It is very simple approach of changing your bad habit loop so how was this simple game.
Hit Pause Button
Let’s come back to Robbins’s story who broke her stream of negative thoughts by creating five second pause just like traffic signal and permitted better habits flowing in her mind.
Bring Courage in You
I have applied this decision making tool to push myself out for jogging and exercising where I was procrastinating before.
So, you just need five second pause in your 24 hours day to decide about updating your resume that you might be delaying and get back to work.
You Carry Inherent Gift
You have come to world with inherent gifts hidden inside you and you need not to look for outside opportunity to strike you. Rather, you just need to take action by deciding to groom your skill for securing better job or starting side business for extra income.
Locus of Control
The book is best teacher of ‘locus of control’ that had expressed by Julian Rotter the psychologist in 1954. The principle describes simple perception of people that they think to be controlled by external forces, which limit their productivity.
If you alter your belief by thinking that you are in control of your life then no one can stop you from your buildingown destiny.
Power of Push
It is negative thinking to blame on circumstances so change your thoughts by creating your own prospects by asserting control over destiny and creating opportunities for yourself.
By owning your locus of control, you will get ‘power of push’ that Robbins teaches you and five second rule provide this push.
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Rosa Park Story
Rosa Parks the black woman had been sitting at her seat while travelling in bus where white man ordered her to leave her seat for him but she refused to give up and stood straight for her right.
It gave birth to movements of civil rights the historic moment that aroused from courage shown by single lady.
It infers that significant changes are occurred just because of small doings of ordinary people.
Relation of Rule with Story
The five second rule has strong coherence with incident of Rosa Parks that rule cannot immediately change your life but produces spark necessary to enlighten your passion to pursue your dream so you can become courageous man/women.
Robins has quoted historic event by encouraging you that don’t undervalue small decisions but keep on taking smaller decisions to strengthen your muscles.
Bring in Courage from Stories
The courageous action of Parks has further elevated by Martin Luther King, Jr. who persuaded boycotts of bus systems based on racism. The young preacher has enforced equality of rights and raised its power of speech that became heart touching voice of people. The voices of civil rights spread quickly like fire of jungle.
Power of Belief
Let’s explain the power of push, the voices of King and Parks reinforced their instincts where initially they have not kept intention of fighting for justice. Both guys felt strong push after collision between beliefs and instinct then historical moment came into existence.
Return to Your True Self
The interest thing of ‘five seconds rule’ is that it pushes you beyond your usual instinct of playing safe to your true self of being courageous and bold. The rule has given us second chance of revising our life direction and moving towards path that is full of life opportunities.
You can Spare Five Seconds
Robbins has presented strong inspiration that you can gain just within 5 second and no one can make excuse of time constraint. You can earn better choice as each day has presented opportunities so change your mind by pushing yourself out of comfort.
Change Bad Habits
You can take inspiration from Parks and King who were ordinary people; how they created difference in life? Just by letting go their fears.
It is underlying truth that King was struggling with doubts in his mind and Parks was introvert women. So, you can change your bad habits, improve your well-being and health, finances, relationship just by deciding to change them.
Now is the Time to Pursue Your Dreams
Craft Right Time
You can start pursuing your dream just with single act of making decision that are always delaying by keeping notion in mind ‘wait for right time’ that will not come ever rather you have to craft it through your willpower.
Start writing your memoir with strong belief that today is right moment.
Give and Take
Take an example, your co-workers are not cooperative and restrain your progress so you can change perception of those people by speaking your perspective after raising hand in meeting.
One simple act of admiring someone’s effort can raise his/her morale so it will be greater contribution from your side.
You can utilise five seconds as tool to work on right choices that you always waited for.
You have to take first step towards your dream because without solid action you cannot achieve your dream as dreaming without acting cannot take you anywhere.
The surveys have proved notion of ‘right time’ as self-limiting belief that is holding you back so eliminate it out of life.
About 85% employees are not giving feedback to managers because of waiting for right time.
Talent is enough to achieve your dream but right direction and taking bold action are necessary to go forward.
Steve Jobs Example
Steve Jobs was risk-taker and self-inspired who shared part of his inspiration with Steve Wozniak and they together created difference in world.
Wozniak was reluctant to waive its constant income source but Jobs persuaded him for availing start-up opportunity of establishing their own business.
It pioneered world’s best organisation just because of decision of Jobs.
Avoid Indulging in Waiting Game
They would never have achieved their dream if they had waited for right time to come so stop the vicious circle of waiting game and start taking action.
Author of Fifty Shades of Grey
Take another inspiring example into account; you have most probably heard of ‘Fifty shades of Grey’, which became hit just due to strong initiative of E.L. James the author.
No author was accepting her offer of publishing her novel so she did not wait for lucrative offer of publisher. She had made self-publishing after pursuing her passionand ultimately accomplished her dream.
The success spoke itself that she never expected as millions of copies were sold in few days. So, again lesson is to take initiative and accomplish your dream.
Control Your Actions by Ignoring Your Self-limiting Feelings
Professional athletes have undergone through extensive practice sessions and consistent training. It has taught them extreme level of inspiration after exploring hidden treasure of motivation within them.
Push Your Physical Limits
Smart athletes have created difference with ordinary people by pushing their physical limits so you might think them as inhuman.
They are controlling their feelings that limit them not to continue where they separate feelings from actions and continue to perform cycling, running or swimming.
Ignore Self-limiting Feelings
It is strongest determination of ignoring self-limiting feelings that are refraining your progress. It is hard truth that feelings are not more than just suggestions (whether good or bad) and athletes have understood this fact so they ignore such suggestions.
You should also ignore such self-limiting feelings or suggestions that are holding you back from reaching your goal.
Understand Feel to Act Loop
Keep in mind to take decision from rational logic rather than upholding your feelings so this point need to learn by heart.
The important research of neuroscientist has revealed that we mostly feel then act despite to think before acting.
Feelings Mislead Us
About 95% of your decisions are controlling by feelings that are mostly irrational from career or financial perspective so start thinking from now before acting.
You can put to practice the five-second rule for undermining your emotions while considering choices by thinking.
Do not Let Your Fear Guide
The five-second pause can redefine your way of making decision that should narrow down path of reaching towards intended goal despite permitting your fears to act as barrier against your dream fulfillment.
Let us join rule with Aristotle’s teachings of ‘do good, be good’; you can change your feeling patterns about yourself after you have altered your behavior.
The rule can bring back your lost courage after you decide to modify your behavior of overcoming psychological barriers.
Useful Tool and Stop Procrastination
Engage in Digital Minimalism
The smartphone like digital gadgets have raised our procrastination after distracting from our daily goals.
The prime cause of such instrument is to raise our productivity that they are going other way.
The severe form of procrastination is destructive that we indulge into despite knowing severe consequences of not doing work on time.
Causes of Procrastination
The inadequate effort of performing self-discipline, weaker willpower, and bad management of time are common causes of procrastination.
The research has indicated that procrastination or laziness is just product of adopting wrong approach of dealing with stress.
Stress Emerges Procrastination
We are induced to consistent procrastination due to our psychological want of getting immediate relief from stress.
You or I are addicted to robust desire at subconscious level to get rid of stress through putting off work.
Stop Worrying in 5 Seconds
You can realize the fact that delaying work or indulging in procrastination will aggravative situation and is not permanent resolution so what is solution?
You should take five-second pause after relieving all pain and worries out of mind and wear new shoes by facing realities and thinking about permanent cause of worry.
Reduce Craving of Procrastination
If you adopt rule of five-second as your habit then you can get rid of destructive procrastination that is healthier habit to reduce your temptation.
You can apply rule in this case by just getting started within five-seconds before urge converts into procrastination.
You can reaffirm your life goal after starting countdown by realizing the fact of not giving up your control rather gaining locus of control.
Replace Worrisome Emotions with Feelings of Gratefulness
Rewire Worry Habits
The habit of worry has wired in your brain by your parents like being over-protective starting fromchildhood to issues ofeducation,career mattersand even marriage life etc.
You have become adult but still are engaged in worrisome thoughts regarding issues that you cannot control.
In this way, you are sweating your efforts on small stuff that does not matter much in your life.
What Stops You from Achieving Potential
There is eye opening research conducted by Dr. Karl Pillemer and author mentioned in book. Senior citizens admitted the fact that they have wasted majority of life worrying on issues so they could not spend life up to fullest potential.
Do not spend your beautiful life in worrying and rule is again relevant here to take pause and think for a while about enjoying moments of happiness and joy.
Train Your Brain
As your mind is trained to get caught by fear and anxiety so be proactive and stop your worries by engaging in countdown to keep your mind away from such mood.
Gratitude is Best Dose
The gratitude is antidote of worry so practise it by asking yourself about things that are most pleasing in your life.
If you will replace complains with gratitude then your attention will be shifted towards things that are gift of your life like your parents, girlfriend, siblings etc.
Five-second rule can remined you about bigger picture and positive aspects of life despite worrying about future.
If you become grateful about moment of ‘now’ then your anxiety will be relived.
Man is flexible creature that can learn to adapt its behavior by paying attention to good habits, positive mindset and encouraging traits that can change our life. Mel Robins has devised theory of ‘five second rule’ to bring change in your life. It is nice tool so bring it in your life as habit by counting down from five, which can modify your preoccupied reaction towards betterment. By taking slightest pause in various moments of life, you can make better decisions and can rewire your brain about behaviors towards life.