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The 5 Second Rule That Can Give You What You Want

Posted on April 17, 2020  1 comments

What do you want?

People are often dissatisfied with life as it is, but most of the time we seem incapable of changing.  For those of us who sometimes struggle to find the motivation to move toward our goals, the 5 Second Rule can help.  What do you want? Do you wish for an improved physique, a better job, more money, bigger love, deeper sense of peace, whatever? And how often do you actually do the things you know are necessary to do in order to get what you want?

Not often, right?

It’s our thought processes that cause a disconnect, that lead us to self-sabotage as we abandon our dreams.

Meet Mel

Mel Robbins has been a beloved and highly successful personal and professional coach for decades, and this TED talk shows why. “Stop screwing yourself over,” she says, getting straight to the point!

Because that’s what we do. We think we can wait until we feel like changing. Trouble is, if you wait until you feel like it, it’ll never happen.

Robbins says there are two sides to the brain: autopilot and the emergency brake. And when we're not on autopilot, the brain's first reaction is to hit the brakes. If something snaps me out of my habitual routine, do I jump right on it? Or do I hesitate for a few moments and end up deciding not to act?

One priceless trick: The 5 second rule

People have a basic human need to grow, and moving beyond autopilot is necessary for the exploration that brings growth. That means you have to allow yourself to change.

You may have tons of great ideas, but what will make you act on them?

In this video, Robbins shares the amazing tool called the "5 second rule" that can empower a person to move from a feeling of "stuckness," into actually achieving their heart’s desire.

It’s so simple (but it is not easy)! And it’s made a big, wonderful difference in my life. Watching this video, maybe you’ll be inspired to put that same fabulous trick to work for yourself.

Words can't describe the magic I have seen!


On December 31, 2019, I set the intention to hold the space for more “me” time.  The next morning, I told my friend Raquel that 2020 would be a “year of personal and professional growth.”  Ever since I set those two intentions for the upcoming year, I have been having the most magical year ever! 


When I had the experience of “turning off my autopilot” before knowing this rule even existed, I had no idea that doing that would lead to the most emotional 10K race I have ever run; ultimately, that race changed my life forever.

Now that I have read the The 5 Second Rule: Transform your Life, Work, and Confidence with Everyday Courage, I feel unstoppable. I strongly suggest you check out the book and see what magic can open up for you after turning off your brain’s autopilot and demolishing your comfort zone.

Just a heads up: if you decide to buy The 5 Second Rule: Transform your Life, Work, and Confidence with Everyday Courage using the link above, as an Amazon Associate I may earn a small commission.

Mike Wozniak

Mike Wozniak is the founder of SoftwareKey.com and is responsible for marketing, content, and product strategy. When he isn't plotting new ways to help customers architect licensing and business automation solutions, he likes to travel and do burpees! Why do burpees on vacation? Just Because I Can!

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  • I found Mel Robbins very entertaining. Her 5-second rule is a good one.
    I call them “fly-by’s:” the moment something hits us, notice it or it’s gone! That’s the time to step up. When we take that small step, we allow for change and the entire universe aligns with us, bringing us more and more of what we want.

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