“It takes just five seconds to change your life,” says Mel Robbins author of the bestselling book The 5-Second Rule. This does not sound feasible but according to Mel, it is science, you change your life one five-second decision at a time.
Mel created the rule at a time in her life when everything around seemed to be falling apart, her marriage was on the rocks, her finances, her career and her self-esteem. She was at an all-time low, so low that to climb out of bed in the morning became a struggle.
The reason why was a simple one, she just did not feel like it.
This behaviour is what researchers call a “habit loop.” Mel would roll over and keep hitting the snooze button and that simple behaviour became a pattern encoded in her brain.
One night a TV commercial caught her attention, a rocket launching into space to be exact. Intrigued by the methodical five-second countdown, 5-4-3-2-1 Blast Off! Fire and smoke filled the screen and the rocket launched off into space.