How many times a day do you tell yourself, “I don’t feel like it?” or “Not today” or “I’ll start tomorrow?” For me, it can be several times a day, probably a lot more than I want to admit. These are sure signs that I have become a victim to my emotions. My emotions are literally running the show.
When I read, “The 5 Second Rule” by Mel Robbins it was actually a game changer in my life. It was like a part of me had awakened to the reality that my emotions and my brain were talking me out of all of the things that I needed to get done throughout the day. Based on this book’s huge success, I am not the only one.
This simple rule is genius. Whenever you need to give yourself a little push or need to take yourself out of the mental chatter of your mind to stop procrastinating, you simply count down in your mind 5-4-3-2-1 and you either act or change your thought to something, well, more positive and beneficial. Why does this simple rule work so well? It works because you are activating the pre-frontal cortex which takes your brain out of thinking mode and into more of an active mode where you are likely to take action.
Ever since employing this method in my life, I have stopped procrastinating so much and have become much more productive. A funny thing has happened as well. I have opened my eyes to realize that my teenagers are led so much by their emotions as well. What’s better? They have learned this simple trick in their elementary school. Whenever they misbehaved as a whole or were getting too loud in the cafeteria. The teachers and administrators would simply say, “5-4-3-2-1 Swim” and they would be quiet, just like that. I have witnessed it myself. You could hear a pin drop in the room. The reason why they swim has to do with their mascot, by the way.
Having this tool that I could teach my own children to sort of get them out of their head and their emotions is invaluable. Whether or not they will listen to me is another story for another blog.