The 5 Second Rule!


I have a new nonfiction book review for you from someone that I love...Mel Robbins. If you don't know who she is, you probably don't read self-help books, listen to TED talks in your spare time for fun, or heavily search the motivational section of YouTube. It's okay...I don't think any less of you. I realize that I'm a little bit of a nutcase when it comes to my love of this kind of book, but I am who I am.

I feel like I'm a better version of myself when I have some sort-of motivational/habits/productivity nonfiction book sitting on my night stand that I'm working my way through. I get more done, spend more time brainstorming new ideas for the blog, etc. My follow through and consistency are definitely lacking, but it's something I'm working on. Hence the books. 😀

So, one night when I couldn't sleep, I watched a YouTube video of Mel Robbins giving a TED Talk. It's long, so I'm not going to put that one on here. But, I watched it and immediately wanted to hear more of what she had to say. So I searched YouTube for more of her videos...and fell in love. This is a small 5 minute clip of her describing her 5 Second Rule. I decided to buy the book to learn more about it.


The two big concepts that are discussed in the book The 5 Second Rule are simple. The first one is that anytime you think of doing something, you should immediately count down from 5 to 1 and then just do it...like a rocket blasting off. For example, the alarm goes off and instead of hitting the snooze button you count down and then jump your booty out of bed. And the other one is to stop waiting until you FEEL like doing something. That feelings have nothing to do with anything, we need to put things into action. For example, not waiting to exercise until you FEEL like it...just do it. Like I said...simple.


As for this little book, I liked it...but I only liked it. I didn't LOVE it, like I love Mel. And there are a couple reasons for that.

The first one is that I think she comes across much better in person...in videos and lectures. If I'd listened to this as an Audiobook, spoken by her, it might have been better. For some reason I feel like the pizzazz that normally exudes off of her is missing in the written delivery. To me she is such a dynamic speaker, and the fact that she works the lecture circuit so heavily is a great indicator that I'm not the only one who feels that way. The book just didn't have that spunk that usually comes from her voice.

The other niggling turn-off for me was in the sparseness in actual hows. They were missing to a certain extent. I am always spouting off on here about needing my nonfiction self-help books to include the hows. I am someone who doesn't need so much about the background behind a concept, but I definitely need some serious time to be spent on how to put the concept into work in my life. Does that make sense? I need to know HOW to take this mind-blowing idea you have for changing my life and turn it into actionable steps. And instead of being filled with HOWS, this book was filled with testimonials...which was a little odd.

Now, don't get me wrong, I am all for being told how your theory worked in changing people's lives. As a matter of fact, that's usually where the most relatable content is. But this book just had little snippets of Tweets and Emails saying "Yay your #5secondrule helped me lose 100 lbs!!" but it didn't say HOW?!? I realize this is a simple concept for not procrastinating, but it made the book read more like an infomercial and less like a self-help book.

So, I liked the book. But I didn't love it. But I DO still love Mel Robbins. And I've already purchased her other book, Stop Saying You're Fine. AND I highly recommend you follow her on YouTube, and give some of her videos a look-see...especially if you need to work on procrastination/motivation or anxiety (she has good videos on techniques she used to come off anxiety meds).

Plus, I have counted down to get my ass out of bed in the morning. And to go for a walk with my dog. So the concept works...even if I feel a little silly doing it.

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