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“Only the disciplined are truly free. The undisciplined are slaves to moods, appetites and passions.”


“The successful person has formed the habit of doing things that failures don’t like to do. Successful people don’t like doing them either, necessarily. But their dislike is subordinated by the strength of their purpose.”

Stephen R. Covey


When reading current personal and business success books or watching videos of speakers, I often think that almost every “new” idea was covered in some way by the late Stephen Covey.

Mel Robbins is an amazing modern author and speaker who has popularized the idea of the 5 Second rule, aka “5-4-3-2-1”. This came out of her writing and speaking about the idea that “motivation is garbage”. That if you wait until you “feel” like doing that thing that you know you NEED to do to be successful…

“You are never going to feel like it.”

Mel Robbins

If you have an impulse to act on a goal, you must physically move within 5 seconds or your brain will kill the idea.

Mel Robbins

Every day there are things that we KNOW we need to get done, but just aren’t motivated to do them. We don’t FEEL like doing them. So they sit undone, and we don’t move forward.

We need to stop waiting until we are motivated to do these things. The motivation will never come.

“We have an idea and instead of saying it, we stop and we hesitate. Just in that micro moment, it sends a stress signal that wakes your brain up,” Robbins said.

When it comes to reaching for your dreams, your brain is not your friend. Your brain evolved to keep you safe – which was great thousands of years ago, but now it just serves to prevent you from trying new things.

“If you have an impulse to act on a goal, you must physically move within 5 seconds or your brain will kill the idea.”

Mel Robbins

“You can truly trace every single problem or complaint in your life to silence and hesitation. Those are decisions.”

This is where her 5 second rule comes into play. When you know you need to do something, count down – 54321- and do it.

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