I had never heard of Mel Robbins and her 5 Second Rule as I was hiking solo at Utah’s Brighton Lakes trails last summer. She was the keynote speaker at a conference I was to attend the next day. I assumed she was another salesy-speaker and I am fairly self-motivating (pat pat) so it was not on my radar. After hearing Robbins’ story the next day, however, I felt just as energized as I did after five hours of hiking in the mountains. Mostly. Robbins’ message was not about sales, or motivation, or how to be your best. It was about transforming. Transforming your thoughts and actions to change your life’s experiences. Providing a similar brain-benefit we experience from a hikers-high. Who knew?
Robbins shares a simple principle that can be universally applied in your business, with your clients, in your home life, and even for your health. And it’s based on science: how our brains hear and respond to something we have control over. I promptly listened to her audiobook and now keep a paper copy at my desk. To be honest, my life last summer did not need much transformation. I loved my job, was recently married, and was hiking in the mountains for fun. But, there were certainly areas that needed improvement. Sometimes I hesitate before making that client call. Or taking on a new project. Or trying something creative. I’ll put things off, or “change my mind,” even though I haven’t changed my desire. Robbins says that hesitation is a signal to our brain that something is wrong – and often, because of fear, we don’t act.
One focus of Robbins' is giving your brain courage when making decisions. You may not realize that you need to transform something in your life. Or you may be very aware. But, there is a five-second decision between pushing yourself forward, and letting your fears, burdens, or procrastinations hold you back. Either way, her principle is to act based on heart-first decisions before letting your brain get in the way.
You will want to learn this idea, because it is some of the most important work you will do – mentally shift the gears in your mind to allow yourself to be willing to do more. Basically, out-tricking your own brain. Robbins says there is a myth that we have to be motivated. But, some things in our life will always lack motivation. Period. For me, it is housework. The lack thereof makes my life seem messy, and then makes me feel chaotic, then overwhelmed, ad nauseam. Her principle helps me do what I usually avoid doing. Then I can do more of what I love and need to do.
Robbins’ book is full of success stories: new companies started, leads in sales, financial freedom, marriages saved. My best success story with her principle has made parenting a three-year-old easier. Her 5 Second Rule rarely fails. No kidding. “Get your shoes on – 5-4-3-2-1!” “Time to wash hands – 5-4-3-2-1.” And now, about eight months later, my son often says: “You didn’t get to one!” His mind is learning the principle, too. This is not novel. What is novel is applying this across other areas of life: in business, in relationship building, in fitness and health, and in goal setting. It is retraining your brain to change your behavior, to gain courage, and focus on joy rather than what’s negative.
Whether you are a sales person, coach, community volunteer, parent, or otherwise, Robbins’ universal principles will apply. And because we know our clients and community strive for more, we've invited Mel Robbins to speak at our 2019 Leaders Forum event in April! We invite you to register and hope you will find Robbins’ message transforming.
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