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Book: The 5 Second Rule by Mel Robbins

Just completed reading "The 5 second rule - Transform your Life, Work, and Confidence with Everyday Courage" by Mel Robbins.

I've stopped reading Self Help books since long. It's not that they aren't useful, but I feel that they're all the same. Ever since we had Stephen Covey, Napoleon Hill, Anthony Robbins and the like; every other book on self help are just the same things under different cover.

But this book caught my attention when I'd downloaded Audible on my iPhone and started listening to Outliers by Malcolm Gladwell. This book was recommended by Audible based on my selection of Outliers. I just heard the sample on Audible and found the book to be interesting. And so I purchased the book on Kindle and read it on the Amazon Cloud Reader - don't have the Kindle.

The book is plastered with various posts across different social networks from people who have benefited from the tool i.e. the 5 second rule that Mel suggests.

Mel created the 5 second rule at a time in her life when everything was falling apart - her marriage, her finances, her career and her self-esteem. That's when she invented the Rule to help her break the habit of "hitting the snooze button."

The 5 Second Rule changed everything ... by teaching me just one thing: HOW to change.

The rule pushes you to get out of your comfort zone, become productive, be confident and most importantly be courageous enough to do the things you ought to do.

You can also use the Rule to self-monitor and control your emotions.

The 5 Second Rule says that all we need to do is to "launch ourselves" from inaction to action. We all know what we need to do - but we some how procrastinate. Be it getting up early or doing exercise or to approach a girl/guy, we all have that urge to do something - but then, our mind starts the chatter and within 5 seconds we have n number of reasons to not do what we ought to do.

All we need to do is to launch ourselves.... like a rocket.... 5, 4, 3, 2, 1 and boom - No turning back.

The moment you have an instinct to act on a goal you must
5-4-3-2-1
and physically move or your brain will stop you.

Regardless of how we feel, we need to push ourselves. And this pushing ourselves to take simple, small actions creates a chain reaction in our confidence. And thus, it helps in taking control of our life.

The main benefit of this simple rule is that it can be used by everyone and in all the things you want to change in your life. Be it your behavior, mind, relationships and being courageous to embrace the world with confidence.

And the rule works on so many areas of life because:   

The #5SecondRule actually only works on one thing-you.

The later part of the book deals with being courageous and why it is important to live the life we always wanted to live. It all depends on how we push ourselves to do something that we don't like to but we ought to. Once you have pushed into doing the task, the next time your brain rewires itself. And this is how courage and confidence is built and old habits can be replaced with new and good habits.

Here's the most viewed TEDxSF talk from Mel:


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