Motivation is garbage.
It’s never there when you need it. It’s not supposed to be. Our brains are hardwired to protect us from doing anything that’s new or uncomfortable.
We’re only ever motivated to do things that are easy. But launch a business? Pursue a passion?
Our brains quiver at the notion.
If you’re waiting for motivation to guide you toward your next leap in life, you’ll likely wait forever.
Motivation isn’t the missing link toward your reaching your full potential. Action is.
Picture sitting in a meeting with your colleagues. Your boss is looking for ideas to help turn the company around.
You have an idea. You’ve had one for a while. You know this is the right time to share it with the team. But you hesitate. You doubt yourself. And you leave the meeting without saying a word.
You’re not alone.
Hesitation is a common affliction we all face. And it’s also the main culprit keeping us from greatness.
Every single day is made up of micro-moments that set us on a path of success, or failure. We can either act on these moments or give in to our brain’s tendency to shield us from new experiences.
When we hesitate, we give our brain more power to steer us off course.
Take the example we used a moment ago: the person with the great idea at that team meeting.
The moment he hesitated, his brain kicked into high gear. That person’s inner voice start saying things like, don’t say anything. It’s a dumb idea. Or your manager’s going to think you’re wasting your time. Or if it was such a good idea, someone else would have thought of it.
That’s because our brains take that moment of hesitation as a warning sign. They sense something’s wrong. We never hesitate when doing something simple or safe. Tie our shoes? Turn on the TV? Pet our dog?
But try something new? Push ourselves beyond our limits?
Hesitation. And our brain doesn’t like hesitation.
Hesitation dictates our lives. But it doesn’t have to.
Mel Robbins has cracked the code to help you outsmart your brain and take action before hesitation ever kicks in.
Mel Robbins was at a low point in her life when she found a simple way to help her master every micro-second and conquer hesitation.
It all started with her snooze button.
Each morning she vowed to wake up when her alarm went off. And each morning she’d hit snooze.
You know the drill.
This daily choice to not get up when she intended created a series of poor choices for the rest of the day.
So, she made a change.
One morning she decided, that the moment she woke up, she’d count down from 5. When she hit 1, she’d rocket out of bed.
Her theory was if she moved faster than her mind could think, she could actually beat her brain. She would be up and out of bed before hesitation ever settled in.
In fact, it worked so well that Robbins’ five-second rule has become a global movement. And it likely can work for you
Because as we count down to one, our brains are fixated on the notion that something’s supposed to happen. For NASA, hitting “1” means liftoff.
Why can’t it mean the same thing in our own lives?
Robbins’ five-second rule is designed to helps us interrupt our bad habit of hesitation. Whether it’s cutting down on drinking or trying not to procrastinate, the five-second rule can make all the difference in the world.
The truth is, we all know what to do with our lives. We just don’t know how to make ourselves do it. We often stand still waiting for a muse to guide our way. Or for motivation to kick us into high gear.
But each and every one of us has all the tools we need to achieve our full potential. It takes just five simple seconds to separate status quo from greatness.