Self Improvement – The 5 Second Rule (by Mel Robbins)

This will be a short post, but I wanted to share this tid bit of information regarding my trial for what Mel Robbins calls “the 5 second rule”.

I purchased this audio book from Amazon (link) because, honestly, I had some credit that needed to be spent from a promotion I signed up for in the past. If you already use this service, you know that all of the credits accrued from Amazon Audible disappears when you want to cancel the subscription. Well, because of me wanting to cancel monthly subscriptions that I deemed unnecessary in preparation for our baby, I perused through their top sellers to spend these credits and figured, why not give this one a shot.

Although I have only listened to half of it, during my drive to get my haircut (an hour away; I know I’m crazy but my hair needs to be cut by a Korean person or it gets botched) and in my shower, it seems pretty legit.

I have not yet been able to really use this tool/technique to make any major changes, but I can say that it has already helped me to write this blog post. As I figure out other attainable targets and utilize it, hopefully I can write about it so that you too can make life changes for your version of success and happiness.

Getting down to it:

The 5 seconds rule is simple: when you have some instinct that will help you achieve your goals and you know it, count down from 5 and take action (like blasting off into space like a space ship; I know it’s corny) at the lift off.

It can be applied to taking out the garbage, getting up in the mornings, taking that class to get a degree, talking to your boss for a promotion, or even starting a revolution.

The book emphasizes, among many other key points, that the simplest things can make a huge difference. This does not mean that it is easy, but having the tool to push ourselves before we start making up excuses, within 5 seconds, can help us begin the self improvement and continue on to finally reach the goals.

Again, I haven’t made any big changes myself, but I am intent on trying this technique out to see if I can finally stop giving myself excuses and as Nike puts it, “just do it”.

I’ll be posting on my progression of some goals and achievements as they come along.


This book/audible is relatively long and has many stories and description of studies out there proving the effectiveness of this technique. If you want to have a listen to it as I did, the Audible version is great. I think it is going to be more convincing than reading it as some reviewers have described. You are more than welcome to go straight to her website for additional information.

Either way, give it try!

5, 4, 3, 2, 1 -> Next project~


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