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The 5 Second Rule

The 5 Second Rule: Transform Your Life, Work, and Confidence with Everyday Courage
by Mel Robbins
The 5 Second Rule

5 Seconds to Change Your Life


This is one of the first self help books I’ve read that I could really relate to and it actually made a huge difference for me, The 5 Second Rule by Mel Robbins.


The main idea of her book is using the 5 second rule to drastically change your life, especially if procrastination or fear is a problem.


She discusses using the rule to change just about anything you’d like to in your life, including eating habits, working out, social settings, and basically just getting stuff done, especially if you’ve been putting it off.

If You Take 5 Seconds You Can:

  • Become confident
  • Break the habit of procrastination and self-doubt
  • Beat fear and uncertainty
  • Stop worrying and feel happier
  • Share your ideas with courage

She developed The 5 Second Rule when she was at the lowest of low points in her life. In debt, living paycheck to paycheck. She couldn’t even go to the grocery store without the fear of her cards not working, she was worried about how she could feed her family. It wasn’t only her; her husband’s company was having really tough times as well. The 5 Second Rule changed everything for both of them, something so simple and easy to implement had life altering results. No more worrying about the card going through at the grocery store.


This change they both made, implementing The 5 Second Rule, allowed both of them to basically clean up their lives and put their family back on the right track. No longer stuck worrying about what’s going to happen next, they’re in control. Financial problems have disappeared, both businesses are hugely successful.


How can this book help with your home based business?

  • Help you take the plunge & get started
  • Break the habit of procrastination and self-doubt
  • Beat the fear and uncertainty of starting a home business
  • Stop worrying about what others will think and just do it
  • Share your business with pride and confidence

Two ways this book related for me was in getting over my bad habit of procrastination and my fears and anxieties. The procrastination really rears its ugly head for me when I want to make time to workout. Seems like I can always find something else to do, no matter how useless that something else is. With The 5 Second Rule though, boom, I get the workout started and it’s no problem. 


My fears and anxieties were the second thing it really helped me with. For example when starting a new project everything can seem overwhelming, especially if it’s something completely new or something where I’ll have to put myself out there in front of everyone. Using The 5 Second Rule helps me just get focused on what I need to do and to get started and get it done.


In the book she goes through some of the research that shows you why pressing the snooze button is bad for you. Mel Robbins states that “Science proves that the initial amount of energy to start a reaction, the “activation energy,” is significantly higher than the amount of energy required to keep it going.” Reading that statement hit home for me, the hardest part is starting, once you’ve started it seems so simple. This helps me with both my problems, procrastination and fears, for both getting started was always the hardest part, now with The 5 Second Rule it’s no problem.


I highly recommend this book, it’s both entertaining and practical, providing straight up advice that actually works. At least it works for me and judging by all the testimonials I see online many other people too.

Bryan Borg Home Business Nation

Bryan Borg  

Home Business Nation

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