Are you one of those who doubts and often procrastinates? In this post we teach you a methodology that will help you stop doing it and thus improve your personal and professional development and productivity. Don't miss it.
The 5 second rule

The 5 Second Rule is a great book on personal development and personal productivity and already has more than 2 million units sold. It was written by Mel Robbins, an American professional considered one of the great experts on change and motivation. The author presents a simple but very powerful tool, supported by scientific research, that has changed the lives of “millions of people.” IT’S THE 5 SECOND RULE.

This 5 Second Rule by Mel Robbins is a life-changing concept that can help you overcome procrastination, self-doubt, and fear. It is a powerful tool to break the habit of overthinking and increase the ability to act.

Robbins explains that you, like everyone else, have 5 seconds to act before your mind convinces you not to. This rule creates a process to fight your subconscious mind and force you to act on your ideas. The concept is incredibly simple: when you have the impulse to do something, whether it’s a small task or a big decision, count down from 5 to 1 and then take immediate action. It’s a brain trick that disrupts your natural tendency to hesitate and procrastinate.


  1. RECOGNIZE THE IMPULSE: The first step is to be aware of the moment in which you feel the need to act. It could be the desire to get out of bed early, start a difficult conversation, or even start working on a new project.
  2. COUNTDOWN: 5-4-3-2-1: As soon as you feel that urge, start counting down from 5. This countdown activates your prefrontal cortex, which is responsible for decision-making and helps you take control of the situation.
  3. ACT: When you reach “1”, don’t think twice: act immediately. Get out of bed, open your laptop, make that phone call, or start writing that book.

In this simple way, YOU CAN OVERCOME PROCRASTINATION AND FEAR OR DOUBTS. It will help you avoid the critical inner voice that holds you back. Instead of letting your mind talk you out of things, seize the moment before doubts arise. THIS RULE IS PARTICULARLY USEFUL REGARDING FEAR: IT ALLOWS YOU TO ACT BEFORE FEAR PARALYZES YOU. Mel Robbins herself states “You may say you fear change, but it is the lack of change that makes you feel so blah.”


By constantly applying this rule, you train your brain to become more proactive and less reactive. Over time, it can lead to significant personal and professional growth. As Mel Robbins herself says, “Your life is based on your decisions; If you change your decisions, you will change your life.”

Xavi Roca

I am Talentist, I help organizations, managers and professionals to achieve high performance through enhancing their leadership and personal brand. I am passionate about leadership, high performance team management and Personal Branding, and I have dedicated my professional career to helping companies and professionals develop and enhance their talents and strengths to achieve their maximum development and performance.

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