Thursday, December 19, 2019

BOOK REVIEW- The 5 Second Rule by Mel Robbins

The 5 Second Rule
Transform Your Life, Work, and Confidence with Everyday Courage
Throughout your life, you've had parents, coaches, teachers, friends, and mentors who have pushed you to be better than your excuses and bigger than your fears. What if the secret to having the confidence and courage to enrich your life and work is simply knowing how to push yourself?Using the science habits, riveting stories and surprising facts from some of the most famous moments in history, art and business, Mel Robbins will explain the power of a "push moment." Then, she'll give you one simple tool you can use to become your greatest self.It take just five seconds to use this tool, and every time you do, you'll be in great company. More than 8 million people have watched Mel's TEDx Talk, and executives inside of the world's largest brands are using the tool to increase productivity, collaboration, and engagement. In The 5 Second Rule, you'll discover it takes just five seconds to: Become confident, Break the habit of procrastination and self-doubt, Beat fear and uncertainty, Stop worrying and feel happier, and share your ideas with courage. The 5 Second Rule is a simple, one-size-fits-all solution for the one problem we all face-we hold ourselves back. The secret isn't knowing what to do-it's knowing how to make yourself do it.  AMAZON LINK
                                                                     4 STARS

I found some interesting points in this book.  We are all familiar with Nike's Just do it but this book gave a tool to help put an action to that.  Motivation isn't the key but the "push" is. That's the Key.  It's simple but I already found simple does work.  I tried it on a couple of small things and yes, it worked and I will continue with it.  A new habit to use to overcome over thinking, hesitating, fear and ''I just don't feel like it''.  I liked how she pointed out that your brain and your feelings will talk you out of stuff if you don't get a jump ahead of it.  Although I said it's a simple tool, you do have to continue to use it to make it "work" effectively for you.  Like the author's simple but  she didn't say it would be easy.  That's what the push is about. 
 ''You make your decisions based on what you feel'' has some interesting insights.
There are plenty of examples of this tool helping other people (testimonials).  Although I did feel like there was an excess of photo shots of all the testimonies.  I also think it might have been better without quite so many.
I had to smile when I got to Chapter 8.  Why?  Because it gave a really good example on how to get started using the rule but I already had started using on small things.  But this Chapter did have a good idea about making a change on how you start your morning. It's a good challenge.  
There were nuggets throughout the book.  One of my favorites has to be this: "Either you run the day or the day runs you."
Information was presented in a way that was easy to relate to.
- Included the fact that the first 2 to 3 hours is your most productive. So don't waste it.
Procrastination is action a coping mechanism for stress.   
-When you start using this tool to overcome worrying you will be surprised how often your mind will drift towards something negative.  Not only using the 5-4-3-2-1 to shut down the negative but also refocus on being grateful.  Counting yanked her out of her head and planted her in the present.  Feeling grateful also changes your brain chemistry by activating the brain-stem region that produces dopamine. 
 -When you get nervous, say you are excited instead! She found her "trick" had some serious science behind it. Convincing your brain that all those nervous feelings are just excitement instead of trying to calm yourself down. You don't get rid of the physical feelings.  The feelings don't escalate and you stay in control and they will start to calm as you move.
-Dealing with hesitation, second guessing yourself, waffling all of these things need this tool to overcome.  Start counting backwards...then act. 
-Another good point is in finding what your passion is.  What are you "jealous" of in someone else's life.  A positive jealousy. 

She can also be found on YouTube 
Mel Robbins on Youtube

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