When I first started listening to podcasts during my commute, I was introduced to Mel Robbins for the first time on the School of Greatness show by Lewis Howes. Her no BS personality was refreshing as hell. She didn’t tiptoe around and was direct with her responses.
I’m not sure what took me so long to get her book, “The 5 Second Rule,” but I after I got immediately sucked in, I wish I had started it sooner. I actually didn’t read this book but bought it on Audible. I really love Audible because it keeps me on track with my reading goals and makes my commutes more entertaining, enlightening and educational compared to just listening to music.
Mel’s audio version of her book is badass because she is the narrator. It feels like she is in the same room and talking directly to you and it’s a very effective way to deliver her message.
The concept of her book is based around the a rule that she discovered at a very low point in her life. She often drank too many manhattans in the evening and due to stress, depression and anxiety, slept in most days. Then one day, she saw a commercial for a rocket and the countdown was “5,4,3,2,1 – blast off,” and that stuck in her brain. To change her life, even when she didn’t feel like it, she needed this countdown to help her get moving toward her goals before her conditioned brain thought through why she shouldn’t act.
Before getting into the book, I assumed that the five second rule was a bit basic and doubted its effectiveness but my mind was quickly changed as Mel outlined the science behind the rule that makes it an effective one. She also recounts many success stories of how people who have used this rule to change their lives.
I flew through this book in less than a week and I was honestly sad when it was over. I think I could listen to Mel all day. She’s like that spunky and brutally honest friend you need to whip you into shape and tell you like it is. After learning about the rule and how to apply it to my life and really understanding WHY it works, I was able to jump over some hurdles in my own life. I finally started to get up before my son in the morning. This was and still is huge for me. Since I work full time and I have a 2 year old, much of my time is spent taking care of others and my work so it’s essential for my mental health to have dedicated me time which happens to be before 6 a.m. I literally will say “5, 4, 3, 2, 1” in my mind to get me moving. Also, I constantly remind myself that rarely do we ever FEEL like doing what needs to be done. Since I can’t wait to FEEL like doing something, I just have to suck it up and move before my thoughts take over and tell me why I shouldn’t do that thing.
I highly recommend this book and especially suggest the audio book. Honestly, it’s probably best to do both – the book can be your reference guide with highlights and then you can listen to Mel when you need a refresher. This will definitely be one of those books that I will keep coming back to soak in the lessons even more.