Do you suffer from anxiety or doubt or even procrastination? How do you overcome these behavior patterns? How do you break it once and for all so you can regain control of your life?
Mel Robbins, who for decades suffered from anxiety and panic attacks, used anti-depressant medications at attempt to control these patterns. But, by using a technique called “5, 4, 3, 2, 1”, she was able to put those days behind her. This “starting ritual” triggered new thoughts and behavior patterns for her and it will for you too.
Remember, YOU ARE NOT a worrier. You have a habit or a pattern of behavior you want to replace.
How to use the rule:
- Realize your moment of power: The moment you feel your mind drifting to something negative you have a decision to make; Listen to your self doubt or assert your control.
- Assert your control: Count 5, 4, 3, 2, 1. It will awaken your prefontal cortex to override your brain’s habitual pattern so you can then replace your bad thought with a new positive thought (or anchor thought).
That’s it. Gears in your brain switched just like that! Think of it as a brain pattern reboot!
Below are a few videos of Mel Robbins talking about the #5secondrule.
The first video is a short explanation of the technique.
For those of you who would like more detail, the second video expands on the psychological and scientific reasons why it works.