The 5 Second Rule That Tricks Your Brain Into Taking Action – Mel Robbins
And so when you go; Five, four, three, two, one it interrupts what’s going on here that’s spinning without you thinking and it moves and awakens your prefrontal cortex. So when you hit one, your habit has been interrupted so you’ve interrupted self-doubt, you’ve interrupted maybe snapping at your kids, you’ve interrupted the desire to grab for a drink, you’ve interrupted procrastination. You’ve also by counting backwards done an action, it’s awakened your prefrontal cortex that is the part of the brain that you need that’s awake when you are changing behavior when you are learning new things. When you hit one it’s also a prompt. So, in the language of research, you’ll hear people talk about starting rituals, that is something that’s proven to help you learn a new habit. The five-second rule when you repeat it becomes a starting ritual that triggers you to act with confidence, that triggers you that this is a moment for courage, that triggers you to shift gears. And because you’ve also done the manual work of awakening the part of the brain that you need to change, you’ve set yourself up for success. It doesn’t work if you count up because you can keep going and also counting up doesn’t require focus. If you count backwards; Five, four, three, two, one it again awakens the prefrontal cortex and it prompts you to move. When you start to use it and then you read about it you’ll see that it’s being used all over the place; they use it in the armed services in order to align troops and get them to start an exercise, they use it in elementary schools; five, four, three, two, one at big assemblies to get a huge room full of kids to stop talking.