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The Five-Second Rule by Mel Robbins – My interpretation

While watching Amy Landino on Youtube the other day, she mentioned how she started to implement the 5-second rule by Mel Robbins. She indicated that it was as simple as saying “5,4,3,2,1 and GO” and physically MOVING your body. This was something that was impulsive but very intended. The impulsion of the thought was something that was felt in your gut – an instinct – something you felt as though was needed to be done.

However, anxiety, guilt, worry, and doubt come to your mind much quicker. Although, it is not as quick as a five-second countdown that you do first. The thought process is this. If you were to want to do something, you felt it was right. You intended on making a move or saying something at work. You had an instinct that you thought you could do something major. Instantly your thoughts become clouded with anxiety and doubt. You no longer have the courage and you sit back down. Your thoughts pass, your opportunity is gone. You have once again not moved forward due to worry or fear of what the unknown is.

The five-second rule breaks that thought process. The thought is, from my understanding, that you have a thought, an instinct to do something. Quickly! Count five, four, three, two, one and you physically move or speak AT that zero marks. You have to move and physically go towards what you want to do. That five seconds stops you dead in your anxious mind and already leaping towards your instinct to do what you want to do.

So here is how I am going to implement my version of the five-second rule:

  • I am going to think to myself 5,4,3,2,1 and physically push the not-ready button on my phone to instantly take a call when I feel hesitant due to previous call.
  • I am going to 5,4,3,2,1 and move forward to telling my management team what goals and such I want to reach sooner than later. I am going to make it known what I want out of this position and where I want to be.
  • 5,4,3,2,1 and say good morning, hello, and how are you? to each person I see and move past with a greeting smile to ensure everyone knows I’m on the same team and we are all working together. I have no sour feelings for anyone. Although, I’ve always been friendly and not foes with anyone in the office, I have no enemies as far as I am aware.
  • 5,4,3,2,1 and get up and stretch when I feel some bouts of anxiety or discomfort from the position. Anger, anxiety, irritation, etc. That way I can clear my voice from any negativity which radiates to the customer.
  • 5,4,3,2,1 and push through the struggle I feel when I don’t feel as though I’m doing enough and reassure myself that I’m doing just fine.
  • 5,4,3,2,1 and look and read my new motivational signs that I made.
Inspirational quotes I made in little dollar store frames for my cubicle wall.
Inspirational quotes I made in little dollar store frames for my cubicle wall.

I do plan on using this simple little ‘reset’ to just push through some of the hardships or things holding me back. This will give me the courage to rocket after counting back 5,4,3,2,1 with the five-second rule. 5,4,3,2,1 and I will soar into the sky with whatever goals or wishes or hopes and dreams that I had once been afraid to achieve.

1 Comment found

    Sheri Says :

    March 25, 2019 at 11:57 am

    That’s very interesting, I’ll have to give it a try.

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