Another episode in my series of inspiring persons: Mel Robbins (previous: Jay Shetty)

Mel is the international best-selling author of The 5 Second Rule (a #1 audiobook in the world). And the most-booked female speaker!

Stop thinking, start moving.

All of us have ideas that can change our lives. But we feel often stuck, unable to move and take action.

Ideas that change how you feel, ideas that might change the world. But it all depends on what you do with them.

We often hit the inner snooze button. As we are waiting for the motivation to take action.

But the motivation to step out of your comfort zone is often not present and does not come. And your life stays the same.

Listen to what you truly want.

Inspired action comes from a desire. The desire to change something.

The 5-second rule says that if you feel the desire, meet the physical force to change behavior.

Meaning that if you feel a trigger to do something, count down from 5 to 1. And before reaching 1 take physical action, like a rocket being launched.

This might be getting out of bed in the morning, writing something down to follow up on, or any other action that involves movement. It will change your day completely.

My experience with the 5-second rule.

I am working on increasing my awareness. To feel the triggers that tell me it is time to step out of my comfort zone. And I have been applying the 5-second rule now successfully twice for some inspired action.

The first: about setting my alarm early to build a new, more constructive meditation habit.

As recently I noticed that I was just sitting there and tried to ‘get it done’ as quickly as possible. Not really why I started in the first place.

When I recently learned about a certain meditation technique I felt like I needed to try this. I applied the 5-second rule to get out of bed at 4.30h and started making a change (of note: I am an early bird anyway, so in order to change, I needed this early time point to get out of my comfort zone).

The second: about a challenge I set up to stimulate my creativity and visualizations. The trigger was a very personal one when someone told me that I never use the word ‘imagination’. I felt I needed to make a change in that aspect of my life.

Within 5 seconds I replied that I would take inspired action to write an imaginative story every day for 7 days. And that is what I am doing now.

Both inspired actions are out of my comfort zone. And both ideas would have died if I would not have acted within 5 seconds. Because my mind would have talked me out of it. Physical action in going out of bed and hitting the reply button provided the solution.

Inspired action on desires.

Move within 5 seconds. Routine is lethal. Learn by doing. Enjoy your new adventure!

If you want to have more inspiration from Mel Robbins, I recommend you watching her TEDx talk on how to stop screwing yourself over.