Last week I read The 5 Second Rule by Mel Robbins. No, it doesn’t have anything to do with picking food off the floor – though in theory the concept is the same. You have 5 seconds to take action. Five seconds before your mind talks you out of it and it’s too late. This applies to anything in your life – exercise, saying I love you, asking a question in an interview, asking someone out on a date.
Let me give you an example: You see a woman you’ve always wanted to ask out and for the first 5 seconds you are ready to go talk to her. You’re nervous, your adrenaline spikes and then boom – 5 seconds have gone by and you’ve convinced yourself that she would reject you and you decide not to do anything and she walks away without even seeing you. Sound familiar? Here’s the thing though, it doesn’t really matter what the woman says! The gift is that you took a chance, took action and went for it! Maybe the woman turns out to be your soul mate. Maybe you never see her again after that brief interaction. Who cares? You did what 99% of the population doesn’t do. You broke free of the trap of mediocrity and limiting beliefs. You didn’t settle. You didn’t allow fear to paralyze you. You took action.
The problem is that most people wait for the right feeling before they will take action. Newsflash! You are never going to FEEL ready. You’ve got to take action first. Remember your physics lessons? An object in motion stays in motion. The feelings will come over time and will start to align with the action you’re taking, which will make you want to take even more action. Before you know it, you’ll have created a virtuous cycle of good feelings and great results! But the only way you feel good is to actually start moving. I wrote a whole blog about this over a year ago and it still applies. Action precedes motivation and emotion.
That being said, I didn’t say it was going to be easy. It’s still going to suck getting up at 4:30am every day to work out. But it only sucks for the first 5 minutes or so, and then you feel great! You know what I’m talking about. You only feel great about something after you’ve taken action towards it. Most people are waiting for a feeling before taking action and it just doesn’t work! Most people see those who are taking action and assume that they love taking risks, that they love being vulnerable, that they love staying up until 2am to work on their novel. But that thinking comes from their desire to rationalize why others can do it and they can’t. But you don’t want to be “most people,” do you? Believe me, the people who are sacrificing sleep in order to crush a goal do not love it all the time. But they made the choice to break free from their own mental prison and refused to let themselves talk themselves out of achieving their goals.
Use Mel Robbins’ 5 Second Rule as a tool to break free from mediocrity. The next time you want something in your life – whether that is to resist the chocolate cake or to get out on the dance floor at a party – take action! 5…4…3…2…1… MOVE! This super simple principle will change your life. You’ve got 5 seconds to choose success. Get after it.