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The 5-Second Rule

Another TED video I found interesting.

Mrs. Robbins’ point is simple: you are never going to “feel like it.” This mirrors what I’ve been telling myself for the past few months: “The time will never be ‘right’ – just do it.”

We all have what she calls an “inner snooze button.” For most people, myself included, the first thing we do every morning is hit our alarm’s snooze button. Our bed is warm and comfortable, the room is cold. We do the exact same things with our ideas and desires for change: “I don’t feel like doing that right now, I’ll do it later.” Making changes is like getting up in the morning. The room is cold, the snooze button is seductive, “it’s only 5 minutes.”

But we don’t have 5 minutes, we have 5 seconds. If we don’t act on an impulse within 5 seconds, our brain hits the snooze button and we’ve missed our chance.

It can be small: write it down, send yourself a text. But we have to do it, or we’ll snooze the time away.



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