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The 5 Second Rule

Mel Robbins

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Mel Robbins

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6. The 5 Second Rule

Lesson Info

The 5 Second Rule

in five seconds flat. Either self doubt wins or you dio in five seconds flat. Either your feelings dictate what you're about to do or you do in five seconds flat, you can change anything, and that changes everything. I was aligning with five second decisions my values and the outcome that I wanted with how I behaved in the moment, flying off the handle with jealousy, drowning yourself with a wet blanket of self doubt that's not aligned with your values. You can, when you reduce your life down to these windows of opportunity, where you can take control in a moment you win, you win every single time. Now, the five seconds really simple. The moment you begin to hesitate, count 5432 Want to move forward before your mind stops You You gotta count backwards. 54321 You cannot count up because you can keep going and it does not require any focus. Do not count out loud because it scares people. If you're sitting in a meeting in 54321 I'm talking now. Yes, don't do that and it comes back to this...

point feelings or natural your behaviors and thoughts or a choice. I'm going to show you the science behind it because it turns out that this this thing that I invented is a starting ritual, a very powerful one. It's a form of meta cognition that switches the gears in your brain. And so we're gonna unpack the science of how you can use it. You're gonna find that you're more productive than you've ever been because you can't hide from yourself like it's such a direct line to you and the things that you do to screw yourself over. And now you've got a way to just yank yourself out of the mode that we get in. The cool thing about the five second rule is this comes back, Teoh the confidence, confidence, See loop. It all begins with trying because when you try, you succeed or you survive. And when you succeed or survive, you now learn something. And when you learn something, you build a skill, and when you build a skill, you start to build competency. And when you build competency, you now have confidence. So this all relates to the five second rule because this is a tool that you're going to use to push yourself to try. This is a tool that you're going to start to use once we educate you on the four traps of self doubt. It's the tool that you're gonna use to break free of it. And, you know, if confidence is the decision to try self doubt is the decision not to.

Class Description


  • Use Mel Robbins’ five-second rule to stop negative thoughts and change your life for the better.
  • De-escalate anxiety and agitation.
  • Create mental scripts that help you overcome typical situations that get you into trouble and prevent you from acting.
  • Overcome your mental blocks and change the way you think about things.


Are you plagued by the imposter syndrome—thinking that your accomplishments aren’t real and that you’re secretly a fraud and a failure? Do you have crippling anxiety and bad habits that are ruining your chances of achieving your goals? Does your low self-esteem and negative past experience influence your thought patterns? Do you fall into the trap of self-pity that keeps you from seeing positive outcomes? If so, you’re definitely not alone.

If you want to get over these persistent, sometimes agonizing problems so you can gain a new perspective and make real, positive changes in your life, this course can help you do it. Mel Robbins is one of the most sought-after motivational instructors in the world. She’s been trusted by global brands to design and deliver life-changing, interactive experiences that inspire change, challenge thinking, encourage self-love, and accelerate personal and professional growth.

  • Understand the science behind how self-doubt effects you.
  • Learn and discover ways to overcome self-doubt and have fewer negative emotions.
  • Build your self-esteem and competency skills.
  • Shed your irrational fears, stop undervaluing yourself, and quiet the inner critic.
  • Get out of your comfort zone, quiet the negative voices, and stop practicing habits of hesitation.
  • Stop hiding, being hypercritical, and feeling helpless so you can move forward and discover the path to achieve your creative endeavors.

Mel will give you concrete, actionable advice and steps you can practice to help you stop living with the constant worry that plagues and cripples your daily life. By showing you how to overcome self-doubt and build self-confidence, Mel will help you build the confidence you need to realize your dreams, whether it’s starting your own business, losing those 15 pounds that are weighing you down, or finding true love from a partner. After this class, you’ll better understand your patterns, what to do to break unhealthy habits, act with courage, self-compassion, and overcome self-doubt so you can get what you want out of life.


  • People from all walks of life, even successful people, who want to overcome the self-doubt and the fear of failure that is holding them back and preventing them from accomplishing their dreams.
  • Those who want to gain more self-confidence so they can go after what they’re worth in their career.
  • People who want to develop stronger, deeper and more meaningful relationships and be their best selves.

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maria manolaros

Looking to build some more confidence and push through the imposter feeling I have trying to sell myself as a self taught artist. Happy to say I use the 54321 rule a lot and I didn’t know it. I call it my what have I got to loose rule. I also learned some new techniques and good “habits” to keep my day on track and prepare myself against any fear or anxiety I may encounter when powering through my day. A great motivator, Mel keeps it simple with advice and tips backed by proven scientific research . Highly recommend this

Joshua WAlters

I feel so called out! And that's a really good thing!