Monday, October 15, 2018

The 5 Second Rule

The 5 Second Rule: Transform Your Life, Work, and Confidence With Everday Courage
By Mel Robbins
Savio Republic, 2017, 238 pgs. Nonfiction

Mel Robbins explains in this book how we rarely ever feel like doing something. The important thing is to learn how to still do it, even when we don't feel like it. Her simple solution is to count down from 5-1 and as soon as you get to one, take action. An example of this, and often the easiest place to start, is with waking up in the morning. Decide the night before what time you will wake up in the morning, and when your alarm goes off, count down from 5 to one, and get out of bed. Don't hit snooze and don't count down again. Just get up! This will set the tone for the whole day. She also explains why this concept works and how it has helped her and many other people with motivation, anxiety, depression and health.

The concept in this book is life changing. I have already been using the 5 Second Rule and noticed huge changes in my daily life. It's the little moments of everyday courage that help us make huge strides forward. I also really liked her explanation of anxiety. It was put in a way that made sense and helped me to understand what happens in our brain. That being said, the book itself is not very good. It is very repetitive and felt more like they were taking a very simple concept and trying to stretch it into a book that they could sell. The author spent a lot of time explaining what fans of the 5 Second Rule said on social media, then having the actual post, and then restating what they said. I would recommend watching the author's TED talk instead of spending time reading the book.


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