Just a few post ago, I was writing on my site complaining about not having enough time to tick off items from my New Years Resolution List for 2017. I realized that I only completed one book in the period of 6 months whereas my plan was to read at least one book per month. I whined about spending my day and night at work so I didn’t have enough time to go to the gym or write blog posts. I found myself wrote only one post for the entire March when my goal was to write at least 1-2 posts a week. I started to panic because I did not having enough time in my week to complete all the tasks at work and to do the things that I truly love and enjoy in life, which added an extra layer of stress onto my life because I had no time to distress. I noticed myself becoming this person that whines about everything in life and get annoyed so easily, almost by anything. So…I became hating myself!
That was exactly 2 months ago. How about now?
Surprisingly I have turned the table completely around. I am now reading my third book of the month; I started attending fitness classes almost everyday; I’ve managed to find time to write at least 2-3 posts a week; and I’ve found time during my busy daily routines to do things that I truly enjoy. So what has changed? How did I change from hating my life to loving my life so much that I can’t wait to share my secret with you?
It’s The 5 Second Rule book written by Mel Robbins that has completely changed my life and taught me how to push myself out to do the things I fear to do, and make time for myself so I can start doing things that I enjoy because I learnt how to stop procrastinating. It gave me the power to break my bad habits of hesitation and procrastination. One of my favourite quote from the book was “A moment of hesitation is a kiss to the death”. So stop worrying, thinking, and doubting yourself was the key to this reinvigorated change in my life.
So how does it work? Instead of throwing those technique jargons like ‘Counting backwards from 5 to 1 is a meta-cognition that is used as starting ritual to stop some of our bad behaviors in our prefrontal cortex’…blah blah blah…I’m going to summarize it with simple language for you. The 5 Second Rule is a tool that is used to beat your brain order to accomplish greater goals – It keeps you distracted from your own worries and at the same time keep you focused on your goals.
When I first came across to this 5 Second Rule, I had tremendous doubts in it. If it is that easy, then everyone will be super successful in life, and no one will ever be poor. In order for it actually to work and make an impact on your life, you actually need to start to take actions of whatever you need to do by the time you finish counting the 5 -4-3-2-1. It might sound very easy, but it takes a lot of disciplines to stick to this rule. When my alarm went off at 5:45am and it was start dark outside, I counted 5 -4-3-2-1 and forced myself out of the bed; when procrastinated in front of my desk, but I didn’t want to start doing research on this very different topic, I counted 5 -4-3-2-1 and started typing searching words in the google bar; when I’m exhausted from work and struggled to make my way to the gym, I counted 5 -4-3-2-1 and pushed myself out of the door…There are so many times I counted the 5 -4-3-2-1 and forced myself to do something that I otherwise won’t do, and here I am, finding myself waking up early everyday without snoozing, so I don’t feel like I’m constantly running late in the morning; and I found myself gaining all those extra times I have earned from not procrastinating to do the things I previously complained that i didn’t have the time for. Since I started applying this 5 Second Rule in my life, I have developed a habit not to hesitate and just dive in and get things done habit. It is a wonderful feeling when I look at my daily to-do list and finding myself ticked off every single task that is on my to-do list. Can you imagine how wonderful and motivating this feeling could be?
To all my friends out there – when you hesitate, just count 5- 4- 3- 2- 1 and GO!
When you purchase the book, Mel Robbins has also prepared 31 mentoring videos, which she will send to you one per day, to keep you motivated and focused on your goals! Here’s a LINK to subscribe to those videos and they are completely FREE.
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