The 5 second rule: 5-4-3-2-1 SPEAK


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There is some new talk in town. There’s a woman (Mel Robbins is her name) and she is someone who went through a very difficult patch in her life. ( You can see it all here. She came out the other end with a very simple thing that changed her life forever – she called it the 5 second rule. When she realized that she wanted to seriously do something and just couldn’t bring herself to do it, she would count down from 5. 5-4-3-2-1 and then she would act.

I tried this one myself and strangely enough I found it did work. Anything I wanted to do but kept putting off, I decided to simply count back from 5 and when I got to 1 I would get up off my chair and do something.

This is the same in getting the motivation to actually do something important with your English too. If you are someone who is forever sitting around home wondering when you are going to get the drive to actually go our and try your English in the street but forever put it off, this will work for you. Simply say what you want to do e.g. I want to go downstairs and go into a shop and speak English to the shopkeeper and buy that bag of …….   Then simply move to the next moment and start to count back form 5. 5-4-3-2-1 and surprisingly you will find yourself getting up off your seat and going down to the shop yourself and actually doing something. It only takes a few moments to change your life and act, and here is the very tool to help you do it.

There are some other points to remember too – you have to count DOWN not up. If you count up you will often end up going to 6 then before you know it you are at 10 and 15 and you’ve given up. But by counting down you are also reaching a point at zero where there is nowhere else to go but act.

So the next time you have a moment where you realise there is something you have been meaning to do in English (or anything for that matter) but just can’t be bothered – try this five second rule and see what happens…..


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