The 5 Second Rule

The 5 Second Rule

There’s nothing like a life of confidence and courage. However, these two don’t always reflect in people’s work and everyday life. If you want to end the habit of putting things off or procrastinating, stop yourself from falling victim to fear and uncertainty and feel happier when you finally get to share your ideas, then this is just the right piece for you.


1. Discover five seconds that have the power to change your life
To change your life, all you need is to make one 5-second decision at a time. The 5-second rule teaches you to change. Using this rule replaces the tendency to procrastinate or overthink little tasks or decisions and shifts you toward taking action instead.

This rule will stop you from doubting yourself and it will help you become happier, healthier, and more productive and effective at work. This rule has actual compelling get moving science to back it up, and its effectiveness has been proven.

Why does a straightforward tool work in so many powerful ways? The simple answer to this is that it works on YOU. It taps into the inner greatness, and courage that is looking for a push to come out. It pushes YOU to honor yourself and champion your ideas, and that’s how all the transformation is possible.

Most problems that we have or think we have come from our inability to push ourselves or have confidence in ourselves to be better. You will learn with this rule, that you are only one decision away from changing your life as it is now, to the life YOU want to live.


2. The 5-second rule requires instinctive action
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.

When you’re counting backwards, you shift your default thinking, and it distracts you from your excuses and focuses your mind on moving to a new direction. If you know something that can change you for the better, count 5-4-3-2-1 and move. The idea that you have to be motivated before you do something is simply a myth.


When it’s time to assert yourself, you will not feel like doing it at all. So, you need to get out of your head and take action. The rule works on the idea that you can control your fate, so far you push yourself.

The 5-second rule will work every time you use it, but you HAVE to use it. It is a tool. If you stop using it, uncertainty, fear, and procrastination creep back in and stop you from doing the things you need to do. If this happens, simply find your way back to the rule and start using it again.

And the more you use the rule, the more you experience a deeper shift inside yourself. You’ll begin to experience a transformation that impacts confidence and inner strength. You’ll see all the time you wasted waiting for things to change.


3. If you wait until you feel like it, you will never get around to doing it
We think we make decisions based on logic, but that’s not true. We feel before we think and before we act. When you’re about to make a decision, you start to subconsciously weigh the pros and cons of what you want to do and decide based on how you’re feeling.


If you don’t learn how to untangle your feelings from your action, you’ll never unlock your true potential.


You may not control how you feel, but you can control how you act. Use the rule to push yourself out of your comfort zone because if you wait till you “feel like it,” you never will.

So, you need to learn how to start using the rule. The Wake-up Challenge is the best way to start using the rule because it is straightforward and requires just you, your alarm, and the 5-4-3-2-1. If you fail to get up, it’s all on you.

You get to experience the concept of activation energy ― the energy required to start a chemical reaction ― which states, in this context, that the power needed to push yourself out of bed is higher than that required when you’re up and running.

If you can change your morning routine, you can change everything else.

So, take these simple steps:

  • Set your alarm for 30 minutes earlier than the usual time and place the alarm clock in another room — no snooze button. Remember, you must push yourself to complete the challenge.
  • As soon as the alarm sounds, open your eyes and start counting backwards 5-4-3-2-1, throw off the covers, spring out of bed, and walk out of your bedroom, no lingering or crawling back into bed.


This challenge is the first step to taking charge of your life. If you can get up on time, start your day powerfully, plan, think about your goals, and focus on yourself, all before you get into your daily routine, you will accomplish more.


Your success ― or failure ― is up to you. You have the power to become whatever you want to be. Even though you may fail, the power lies in you
doing it anyway. Say “NO!” when you feel afraid, and move. You can move
mountains! That’s the power of courage. Make your life considerably better
by gathering enough courage to enact a change. You may not be able to
change the past, but in 5 seconds you can change the future.

If you apply the 5 Second Rule in your personal and professional life, you will definitely experience positive changes in your life. Take those little risks, give it your best shot and watch things soar.

Always listen to your heart. And when it speaks, make sure you honor it. You can change your life and in the process, save the world.

You want a degree? Enroll in college. You want to learn a skill? Go for it. There’s a business idea in your head? Start working on it now. Give up on playing small. Ditch the short-term mindset. Pay no mind to those excuses.


5…..4….3…..2...1….GO! The moment you have that instinct to act on a goal, you must 5-4-3-2-1 and physically move, or your brain will stop you. Practice: Do the 5-4-3-2-1 and get started. The moment you feel yourself hesitate, use the rule to set you back on track. Discover your inner courage and shape the life you want for yourself.



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