The 5 Second Rule Book
Book Summary | Author: Mel Robbins

The 5 Second Rule Book

Before we talk about The 5 Second Rule Book let’s first discuss the Book Author Mel Robbins. Melanie Robbins Known as Mel Robbins is an American on- Air CNN Commentator, Television host, Host, Author, and Motivational Speaker. Robbins is widely known for covering the George Zimmerman trial; her TED X talk, How to Stop Screwing Yourself Over, with over 15 million views on YouTube alone; and her book, The 5 Second Rule.

The 5 Second Rule Transform your Life, Work, and Confidence with Everyday Courage
The 5 Second Rule Transform your Life, Work, and Confidence with Everyday Courage

The 5 Second Rule Book Brief summary:

The 5 Second Rule Book teaches you to Enrich your life and to avoid doubts in just 5 Seconds. In the Book The 5 Second Rule Author Says that Throughout your life you have your parents, teachers, friends, and mentors who have pushed you to be better than your excuses and bigger than your fears, but author says What if the secret to having the confidence and courage to enrich your life and work is simply knowing how to push yourself?

Mel Used the science of habits, riveting stories and surprising facts from some of the most famous moments in history, art, and business, Mel Robbins will explain the power of a “push moment.”  Then, she’ll give you one simple tool you can use to become your greatest self.

In The 5 second Rule Book, You will Discover and understand that it takes only 5 seconds to Become Confident, Break the habit of procrastination and self-doubt, Beat fear and uncertainty, Stop worrying and feel happier, Share your ideas with courage

The 5 Second Rule Book is a simple, one-size-fits-all solution for the one problem we all face—we hold ourselves back.

Let’s Understand The 5 Second Rule Book in more Details:

Chapter 1: Five Seconds to Change your Life

This Chapter starts with an Inspirational line which says “THAT IF YOU ARE IN SEARCH OF THAT ONE PERSON WHO WILL CHANGE YOUR LIFE, THEN LOOK IN THE MIRROR.”

Very simple words but with a very deep Meaning, It says that It’s You who is responsible to bring change in your life.

In this chapter, the author gives us the gist about the coming chapters,She says that You are going to learn something remarkable-it’s just 5 seconds rule to change your life, She says that maybe you find it a gimmick but its not, it’s science and she will prove it you with this book, She shared her story, that she learned this rule at the time when her life was falling in the gutter, when her life was getting worst.

The author says: When I used the Rule for the very first time seven years ago, I thought it was silly. Little did I know that I had invented a powerful metacognition technique that would change absolutely everything about my life, work, and sense of self.

The author says that 5-second rule is easy to learn and its impact is profound. The Rule will help you live, love, work and speak with greater confidence and courage every day. Use it once and it’ll be there for you whenever you need it.

The Author says That The 5 Second Rule changed everything … by teaching me just one thing: HOW to change. The Author says That Yes, the Rule will help you wake up on time, but what it really does is something far more remarkable—it wakes up the inner genius, leader, rock star, athlete, artist, and change agent inside of you.

We face so many problems in our lives, we face daily problems, the author says that every day we face moments that are difficult, uncertain and scary. Your life requires courage. And that is exactly what the Rule will help you discover—the courage to become your greatest self.

Now You must be thinking that How Can One Simple Tool Work in So Many Powerful Ways?

Then for this Author says that The #5SecondRule is only ever working on one thing—YOU. You have greatness inside of you. Even at your lowest point, greatness is there. The Rule will give you both the clarity to hear that greatness and the courage to act on it.

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Chapter 2: How I Discovered the 5 Second Rule

This Chapter started with Remarkable words said by J.R.R. Tolkien: “COURAGE IS FOUND IN UNLIKELY PLACES.”

In this chapter, Author discusses her life story, how everything in her life was falling apart, She says that in 2009 she was 41 years old and facing some major problems with money, work, and in her marriage. As soon as used to wake up each morning, all she used to feel was dread, How she was ruining her life, she knew what she wanted but she was lacking in taking action, she knew what she needed but she fails to take action and that’s the thing which made changing so hard. Change requires you to do things that feel hard and scary. Change requires courage and confidence—and she was tapped out of both.

The author says that she used to think a lot, she never taken the action but the only thing she used to do was thinking, Thinking made everything worse. The more she used to think ht about the situation that we were in, the more afraid she felt. That’s what your mind does when you focus on problems—it magnifies them. The more we get worried, the more uncertain and overwhelmed we become. The more we think, the more paralyzed we feel, and that thinking never allows you to take action all it does is make you stress and make you ignorant.

All that she wanted was to get up from the bed, to make breakfast, to ready her children for school and to take get kids on the bus and then to search jobs, but she was failing in it why because she didn’t want to do it, she wasn’t ready to do it, Later Author Realised and learned  that she was stuck in what researchers call a “habit loop.” that she had hit

the snooze button so many mornings in a row the behavior was now a closed-loop pattern encoded in her brain.

And This Realisation changed everything in Her Life.

Author says :

That The instinct to launch herself out of bed was her inner wisdom talking. Hearing it was a tipping point. Following its instructions was life-changing.

Your brain and your body send you signals to wake up and to pay attention. This idea of launching herself out of bed is an example of that.

Your instincts may seem stupid at the moment, but when you honor them with deliberate action, it can change your life.

There’s more to this point about acting on your instincts than just the phrase “trust your gut.” New research from the University of Arizona, in partnership with Cornell and Duke, has shown that there’s a powerful connection between your brain and your instinct to act. When you set a goal, your brain opens up a task list. Whenever you are near things that can help you achieve those goals, your brain fires up your instincts to signal to get that goal completed.

The author gives an Example. Let’s say you have a goal to get healthier. If you walk into a living room, nothing happens. If you walk past a gym, however, your prefrontal cortex lights up because you are near something related to getting healthier. As you pass the gym, you’ll feel like you should exercise. That’s an instinct reminding you of the goal. That’s your inner wisdom, and it’s important to pay attention to it, no matter how small or silly that instinct may seem.

The author says that through the #5SecondRule she learned that When it comes to goals, dreams, and changing your life, your inner wisdom is a genius. Your goal related impulses urge, and instincts are there to guide you. You need to learn to bet on them. Because, as history proves, you’ll never know when your greatest inspiration will strike and where that discovery will lead you if you trust yourself enough to act on it.

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Chapter 3: What you can Expect when you Use it

This Chapter starts with J.k. Rowling saying: “IT MATTERS NOT WHAT SOMEONE IS BORN, BUT WHAT THEY GROW TO BE.”

here author shares her story: The first time when she used 5 seconds rule, when she used the Rule that first morning, she was as surprised as you are that something that stupid worked. Counting backward? 5- 4- 3- 2- 1… seriously? She didn’t know why it worked. she just knew it did. she had struggled for months to wake up on time and suddenly the #5SecondRule made changing her behavior simple.

Later she learned that when she counted backward, you mentally shift the gears in your mind. You interrupt your default thinking and do what psychologists call “assert control.” The counting distracts you from your excuses and focuses your mind on moving in a new direction. When you physically move instead of stopping to think, your physiology changes and your mind falls in line.

In researching this book, she discovered that the Rule is (in the language of habit research) a “starting ritual” that activates the prefrontal cortex, helping to change your behavior.

The prefrontal cortex is the part of your brain that you use when you focus, change, or take deliberate actions. she knew what the prefrontal cortex was, but she soon learned through her research about the basal ganglia, habit loops, activation energy, behavior flexibility, cognitive biases, neural plasticity, the progress principle, and locus of control. she certainly didn’t realize that she had just discovered a singular technique that impacted all of them.

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This is the end of The 5 Second Rule Book. These were few chapters of The 5 second Rule Book. To understand 5 second Rule more clearly do get this book from  Audible for free or buy this book from Amazon.

if you want me to make part 2 of this book can do comment in the comment section.

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  1. Brother you are doing a great job. It’s you because of whom i started reading books and it literally changed my life. Thank you brother for changing my life?

  2. The 5-second rule 1st part is good and inspiring to kick-start new habit. Please make 2nd part also.
    Thank you very much for making such great book summaries.

  3. Yess.. I would like to read 2nd part nd it would be great if you make videos on this topic .. please make video on this book…pleassseee .thank you!

  4. sir your videos are really very inspiring and it has also changed my life.
    Sir pls make video on blogs,how to be blogger and in which language
    will be best.

  5. I think that’s the reallity of todays world.
    We know everything but we didn’t do the important thing which is action. This books really seem awesome towards the taking actions. We will really like if you make second version of this book.