The 5 Second Rule, by Mel Robbins, really resonated with me. It’s given me confidence in situations that maybe I think – “No, I’m not smart enough to do this.” And it’s helped me with my time, and getting things done. Let me explain how.

I’m in sales, so let’s say I made a commitment to contact 20 clients that I’ve been meaning to call. Trust me, when I reach for that phone, I can almost guarantee you that I will put off calling clients, or I will find something better to do than call people and potentially be rejected. After reading The 5 Second Rule, I now know how to overcome this feeling. What I do now is count backward 5-4-3-2-1 and just do it. I don’t think about the outcome of the call, I just do it. It’s a great strategy, and it works.

According to the author, there have actually been studies on the brain, of how this works. Your brain, by default, wants to survive. So, in essence, it plays defense a lot. If it feels like or makes you think that the activity that you are doing is going to hurt you, it wants to do something that will make you feel better.

Do you ever wonder why you procrastinate? Mel Robbins explains that it’s not that we don’t want to do the task at hand. The reason you may procrastinate is that you may be overwhelmed with things in your life, and your body just wants to feel good. Instead of doing the task at hand, you look at your facebook page, or you watch a You-Tube, or you just do something that feels good to you.

Here is a simple test for you to try. Set your alarm early, and when you hear the buzzer, instead of hitting the snooze button, count backward 5-4-3-2-1 and whip the covers off and jump out of bed. Start your day early, and get things done. See how it feels.

The author Mel Robbins, has also done a Ted Talk, and speaks all around the world. If you are looking for a down-to-earth individual, that tells it like life is, contact Mel Robbins. You can even follow her on Twitter @melrobbins.

Our body, doesn’t necessarily like change, because we are not sure of what the outcome is going to be, it may hurt us, so why do it, right? 5-4-3-2-1, and don’t think about it. The 5 second rule has helped people with anxiety, depression, courage, procrastination, dieting, time management and so much more. It’s a must-read for everyone, and I encourage you to get it and keep it handy. Ready, set…5-4-3-2-1! You can do it!

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