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The 5 second rule explained

I am not here to talk to you about the "5-second rule" that says that when an item of food falls to the ground, for about the first 5 seconds, it's safe to pick up and eat. No. Today I'd like to talk to you about the "5-second rule" that says that if you have an instinct to act on a goal or a commitment, you must physically move within 5 seconds or your brain will kill it.

Those 5 seconds are golden: Don't give negative thoughts patterns the time to form in your head.

The 5 Second Rule is simple. If you have an instinct to act on a goal, you must physically move within 5 seconds or your brain will kill it.

The moment you feel an instinct or a desire to act on a goal or a commitment, use the Rule.


When you feel yourself hesitate before doing something that you know you should do, count 5-4-3-2-1-GO and move towards action.

There is a 5 second window that exists for everyone between the moment you have an instinct to change (= knowing that you should do something because you can feel it in your gut) and your mind killing it.


So what do you do?


You start counting backwards to yourself: 5-4-3-2-1-GO


The counting will focus you on the commitment and distract you from the fear, negative thoughts and excuses you are making in your mind.


This is how you push yourself to do the hard stuff: the tasks you don’t feel like doing or that you are avoiding to do. It's beautifully simple and a 5 seconds countdown is all it takes.


For example, you might have an instinctual moment that tells you to get out of the house and go for a swim. If you act on this pull immediately, you bring yourself one step closer to your fitness & wellbeing  goal.


Many people think instincts are not to be trusted. I politely disagree. Research has shown that our gut is our “second brain”.

We get these “gut feelings” when our hearts and minds are trying to tell us something often tied to greater goals.


It’s easy for any of us to make a list what we want: an inspiring job, financial freedom, health and happiness. But it's also so simple for us to forget/avoid taking actions that will lead us toward achieving these life goals.


So if you have a gut feeling telling you to call a friend or a family member, do it within 5 seconds. If you get that gut feeling to speak up in a meeting, you should act upon it. And so on. 


It's my number one tool to get things done and make progress with personal life goals.

It’s a tool that's so simple but yet creates massive changes. Those 5 second windows do add up, I promise.


Now is the time to try it yourself!


Love & Good Vibes as always,


Sidney x

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Sidney Fontaine - Holistic Life Coaching & Meditation