Ever feeling so stressed that you don’t want to do anything?
Ever feel like you just want to do something opposite to what you are supposed to do?
What you are avoiding isn’t the things, but rather the stress that you associated by doing that thing
Have you heard the 5 seconds rule?
It is a technique to trigger the fast action part of your brain and limit the influence of the procrastination part of your brain.
Mel Robbins, author or the 5 seconds rule, describes this rule as Decide and Act.
According to Dave Wentworth, he quotes Robbins book states that 5 seconds rule is when your alarm rings, instead of hitting that snooze, you countdown to yourself, 5–4–3–2–1 and then you just get up.
When you count backward from 5, it feels final. You are naturally inclined to say “Blast off!” or “Go!” or “Jump!” You associated a countdown with taking action.
Here are more examples:
When you are annoyed at yourself for getting mad and yelling at your kids, so when you feel the urge to yell, you count backward 5–4–3–2–1 and then you react peacefully.
When you didn’t want to get started writing an article you knew you wanted to write, so 5–4–3–2–1 and you will open the document.
If you don’t want to make a tough phone call to someone You knew was not going to be easy to speak with — 5–4–3–2–1 and you’re dialing.
You can also make it a point to avoid eating out at work, so when you have the urge rolls around, 5–4–3–2–1 and you’ve decided you are sticking with your original intention of eating plan with your lunch box.
You can use the 5 seconds rule on your big goal in baby step. Hate exercise? Just 5–4–3–2–1 and do 5 push-up on the floor. Just 5. And stop.
Next time plane for 6 and when the time is up in your schedule, just 5-4-3-2-1, then do the 6 push-ups.
What you are doing is building the routine of doing the task and building a habit for the kind person who does that task.
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