Do you believe a book can change your life? I do, but I wasn’t always a believer. I used to see books just as a source of information. I’d read a new one and if I walked away with a fair amount of knowledge, I saw it as a good use of my time. While this was a practical way to look at books, it didn’t inspire me to read or get excited to pick up a new book. But all of that changed when I read The 5 Second Rule by Mel Robbins.
In The 5 Second Rule, author Mel Robbins is incredibly vulnerable and shares how unhappy she was prior to discovering The 5 Second Rule. She walks you through how she completely changed the trajectory of her life by making quick 5 second decisions. I found it so inspiring and I started using the 5 Second Rule right away. I’ve been using it for about a month and I’ve already started to see my life changing for the better. Here are the 5 ways that using the 5 Second Rule has changed my life.
I’m waking up earlier and have more energy
Mel talks at length in the book about how she felt when the alarm would go off in the morning. She would think about think about the stuff she didn’t want to deal with and hit the snooze button. This caused her to be tired all day and she was behind from the minute she actually got out of bed. She describes how changing her morning routine completely changed her mindset for the day and suggests that we should try it ourselves.
I was skeptical, to say the least when I decided to try it the first time. I didn’t think that waking up earlier and not hitting the snooze button would change anything but I’m happy to report that I was wrong. Since I have changed my morning routine I’m far more productive, more energetic in the mornings and just happier overall. This morning routine has made a huge difference for me and I’m so glad I tried it.
The 5 Second Rule has me trying new things again
Prior to reading the book, my life had become routine. I woke up late, rushed out the door, went to work, came home, watched TV and slept. Every single day was exactly the same. I stopped listening to what I wanted in my heart and settled for what was comfortable. Reading this book reminded me to listen to my instincts and to choose courage over comfort. I have stepped out of my comfort zone more in the last month than I had in the previous year. Now that is something to celebrate!
I don’t get overwhelmed by even the largest task
Have you ever looked at a task that seemed impossible, said “I’m never going to get this done” and just quit before you ever even tried? I did that every single day in several aspects of my life. My goals were to get out of debt, renovate my house and get my dream job. But there was so much work to be done that I got overwhelmed and settled for mediocre. I learned in the 5 Second Rule was that I was thinking too big. It’s more productive to break those big goals into small pieces and win those small battles to make the dreams achievable. So far, I’ve made small changes to my monthly budget to free up some money to get out of debt and renovate my house. I have made some changes at work too, but I’ll talk more about that later.
My anxiety doesn’t flare up as frequently
If you have ever experienced anxiety, you know that it’s debilitating. I was living in a constant state of worry and anxiety prior to picking up this book. I couldn’t make even the most basic changes without anxiety kicking in. I’m so grateful for the chapter in the book that goes through how Mel conquered anxiety using the rule. I have used the steps outlined in the book to reduce the number of occurrences and to overcome anxiety quickly when it appears in my life.
I’ve found my voice again
When I was a child, I was outspoken, strong and determined. I always spoke my mind and wanted to stand out from the crowd. As an adult, I became a wallflower that never wanted to be seen or rock the boat. This had become a huge problem in my career and I was very unhappy in my personal life. Using the rule, I have found the courage to speak out in meetings. I’ve had difficult conversations that I would have avoided in the past. I’m already starting to see my relationships change and I’ve only been using the rule for about a month. I can’t wait to where I am in a few months.
As you can see, reading this book has been life-changing for me and I think that it can be for you too. If any of this struck a chord with you, you can buy The 5 Second Rule: Transform your Life, Work, and Confidence with Everyday Courage here. If you aren’t interested in the 5 Second rule or you just want to read with me, here are some of the other books I’m reading this year.