The 5 Second Rule:

Transform Your Life, Work, and Confidence With Everyday Courage

| Author: Mel Robbins, 2017 |

What's it all About?

For all those moments when you may have been struggling with why you didn’t just do that thing you wanted to do, this may be a good read for you!

In this book, ‘The 5 Second Rule’, Mel Robbins tells her personal story, combined with the great stories of others, on HOW to make yourself do those things you are not doing. There are no mind-blowing concepts here, just some good advice and true stories on how others were able to get past some roadblocks in their own lives.
Sure, you could read the summary on Amazon and have the basics of it, but I personally benefited listening to the audio, and taking some time to process what I am doing or NOT doing.

The whole concept is based on taking action. Whether it’s a big idea, or something as simple as just getting out of bed, count down 5-4-3-2-1 and do it! Yep, just spoiled it for you. Well not really, it gets a little more specific breaking it down:

Become confident
Break the habit of procrastination and self-doubt
Beat fear and uncertainty
Stop worrying and feel happier
Share your ideas with courage

You can also check out Mel’s Ted Talk, which 8 million people viewed, to see if you want to go deeper with it.

Favourite Quote

'I was the problem and in five seconds, I could push myself and become the solution.'

Biggest Takeaway

I walked away with some greater insights into why I think a certain way, and how my mind and my feelings work around that. Such as checking in on my self doubt - noticing it, and then saying goodbye with a countdown, then executing on my actions. I also gained an understanding of how we create our own drama. One thing I have gotten better at since reading this is the anxiety I would experience if I had not heard from someone. Worrying if they have gotten in a car accident because they are late, is not going to help anyone. Keeping a positive mindset and understanding simple things may make a person late, is a lot better than creating a negative vision! This has really helped me, and I started practicing it after I read the book. Thanks Mel Robbins!

Reviewed by: Trevor Blondeel, 2019