I’m not talking about the folklore “5 second Rule” where ” the five–second rule states that food (or sometimes cutlery) dropped on the ground will not be significantly contaminated with bacteria if it is picked up within five seconds of being dropped.”
I’m talking about the concept coined by Mel Robins, an American on-air CNN commentator, contributing editor for Success Magazines. Robbins is best known for her coverage of the George Zimmerman trial and host of A&E’s Monster In-Laws. Where she learned that it takes about 5 seconds for your brain to “talk you out” of doing something. Whether it’s speaking up in a meeting, going up and talking to someone you find attractive, or the decision to hit the snooze button over and over again.
The rule is a form of Metacognition : which in the most simplistic definition means “to trick your own mind”.
” The moment you feel yourself hesitate (when you know you should do something) start counting backward 5-4-3-2-1, the GO. The Rule is a proven, form of metacognition. When you use it, you shift mental gears, interrupt your habit of overthinking and awaken your pre-frontal cortex – making change easy. The rule acts as a “starting ritual” that breaks bad habits and triggers positive new behavior change.” Mel Robins
I started reading Mel’s book the The Five Second Rule and I immediately fell in love with it. I set out this month to practice and master the concept.