Taking action

Taking action

What would your life look like if you took action on all the plans you made?
I had a huge realization last week, that we spend so much of our time making plans…. plans at work,
plans at home, plans at school…., but a very low percentage actually take action. So, why is this?
Scientifically, it shows that by creating a great plan of action, your brain releases similar chemicals to
that of achieving your goal. So, many of us feel better by creating a plan, but the reality is, is that this
elated feeling is short-lived.
Now, I am not saying don’t make plans, these are a fantastic way to gain clarity and focus on your goals,
but put more energy into the action part.
Here is a little trick I learned from one of my paragons, Mel Robbins. This is called the 5-second rule.
You need to trick your brain into taking action before it can talk you out of it, and to do this you need to
act really fast! There is a 5 second window period that you have, to act on something, before your brain
kills the idea, and goes back into auto-pilot.
So, here’s how you do it:
1. The second the thought is in your mind, that “gut” telling you, “I need to do this now”, count
loudly backwards from 5…. 5-4- 3-2- 1, and stand up/move.
2. This creates a chemical reaction in your brain which basically bypasses the part of the brain that
will try and stop you from doing anything you are not comfortable with. By the way, being
uncomfortable is a sign that you are on the right track.
3. After counting backwards from 5, and then immediately moving, you can now do that thing you
wanted to IMMEDIATELY. Don’t think, just do it. If you stop to think, you will give your brain
time to convince you to not do it.

“The way to get started is to quit talking and begin doing” – Walt Disney