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The 5 Second Rule: Transform your Life, Work, and Confidence with Everyday Courage Hardcover – February 28, 2017
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About the Author
Mel Robbins is an award-winning CNN on-air commentator and op-ed writer, a contributing editor to SUCCESS Magazine, best-selling author and one of the most sought-after keynote speakers in America. She began her career as a criminal defense attorney in New York City, then launched and sold several companies and hosted TV and radio programs for A&E, FOX, Cox Media, and CNN.
Now that she’s no longer arguing "reasonable doubt" inside the courtroom, she's teaching leaders inside the world’s leading brands how to break the habit of self-doubt and build the habits of confidence and courage at work and in life. Mel is a Dartmouth College and Boston College Law School graduate. She and her husband of 18 years have three young kids. She lives in the Boston area, but remains a Midwesterner at heart.
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Viewing inspiring videos first thing in the morning had become part of my morning ritual. So had watching past my allotted time for it. The 5 - has been a game changer - especially when getting moving is important.
We lost our only child just before her 15th birthday to suicide. I found her, administered CPR and an ordeal with a coma ensued. The aftermath is a journey through grief leaving me with many issues. The simple became difficult and PTSD is what the doctors said I was experiencing.
The 5 Second rule has helped me stay on tasks, get going in the morning, find my mind when it feels gone, and focus on my business. Best of all - happiness and hope are a big part of my life AGAIN! The 5 has helped me feel alive when I needed it.
I got 1/3rd of the way through this book, which takes no time at all because it is mostly images of tweets and social media posts by people who have used the Mel's 5 second tactic and extolling it's virtues.
There is no meat to the 5 second rule, it's just a simple trick, and though Mel says she'll discuss the science behind why it works, which could be interesting, the tiny bit of context she gives is so thin and weak as to add nothing.
Count backward from 5-1 and go find another book on Amazon worth reading, there are many...
If you've ever done something while you said to yourself that you shouldn't be doing it, that's your observing mind telling you you shouldn't. If you've ever not done something that you felt you should absolutely do, that feeling in your guts pushing you to do it and decided not to, then that's your observing mind telling you not to do something and your thinking mind stopping you with a catalog of what consequences might happen to come.
But if you don't like all the spiritual talk, you can instead think of it as right brain/left brain dichotomy (See The Master and His Emissary: The Divided Brain and the Making of the Western World
) where it was shown through unfortunate stroke victims that the right brain is silent and holistic and the left brain is detail oriented and abstract, theories that came to be confirmed by hemisphere specific stroke victims where ones that had a stroke on the left hemisphere could still make an accurate drawing on paper about what they see, while those with a stroke on the right hemisphere could only draw a Picasso-esque shape (a ball with sticks poking out, an eye misplaced as a representation of a person. Example given). The left brain has an inhibitory effect on the right brain, this is further explained in detail in the book.
My conjecture is, that this feeling we feel in our gut, our body, or soul is our right brain telling us what to do, if you don't do it before there's a shift in consciousness you will be filled with the dread of consequences, detail oriented left brain is very good in that regard, however with this tool, this 5 second count, you can skip it. You can ignore it and do what that inner voice tells you you should do. This is a revolutionary tool, both in your personal relationships and professional life.
Larry King, a person that never went to college or had any credentials with a family on welfare got to a 15 million dollar salary and a private jet from a single meeting with the director of announcers at CBS on the street asking him what to do, and from there on out his journey started at 22 years old. Imagine if he were too scared at that time to go and talk to the guy, imagine the chances you missed or might miss in the future for not having the nerve to go ahead and simply do what you feel you really should be doing. This is where the 5 second rule can come in to the rescue and help you do what you are meant to do.
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Was literally all blog posts, with loads of grammar issues littered throughout.
Good concept, though.