Mel Robbins and The Five Second Rule
The Dumb 5 Second Book
Charge In — Get Off Your Ass
Many Words Not Needed
This Reminds Me Of
No Broken Bones — Look Before You Leap
My Mother Done Told Me
You think, I’m conflicted? You’re right. Go into book shred? Smart to apply one simple idea to a complicated, complex world? Or is it best to acknowledge this little bitty idea is not an unimportant idea?
My first impulse was to complain. I spent my money on this book?! The 240 page book, weighs in at 1.1 pounds, it occupies my reading time. Grr! I could write an illustrated version in 1000-1500 words.
On Amazon The Five Second Rule is the 13th most read book. Over 600 reviewers gave it a 4.5 out of 5 star average rating. Obviously, many people appreciate her work.
The Main Idea
The Five Second Rule by Mel Robbins states, “The moment you feel yourself hesitate (when you know you should do something) start counting backward 5-4-3-2-1, the GO”1
In Robbins’s world hesitation is the kiss of death. We live in the world of fear. Our fear prompts talking ourselves out of action. We are timid, risk averse.
The count may help us move. Go greet the handsome man or pretty lady. Habit building… MacDonald’s… 5, 4, 3, 2, 1, go on by.
Robbins’s caveat, “when you know you should do something,” is useful. Charging across the room to the pretty lady is ill advised. Find wisdom, look before you leap.
Robbins contends we will never feel ready to act. Nonsense. Base jumpers jump. Well-considered jumps increase survival.
That’s one way of looking at it. There are others
The Five Second Rule has application in my world.
- Squash food urges
- Eat later or make eating window shorter
- Risk a new encounter
But who to partner and opportunity doors to open are not a five-second space.
Stop dithering time as Nike said, “Just Do It.” Now is time to remember we live in a complicated, often complex universe. Apple opined, “Think Different”
“Truth: last week I online shopped too much. Then I ate 2 pounds of jelly beans to feel better about that. In fact, while I was trying to read soul-nourishing things all I could think about was shopping and jellybeans. Points to the monkey mind.”
― Anna White, Mended: Thoughts on Life, Love, and Leaps of Faith
Before starting the car
I know where I am going.
The car and I are one,
if the car goes fast, I go fast.
Washing Your Hands
Water flows over these hands;
may I use them skillfully
to preserve our precious planet.