If you’ve heard of the 5-Second rule (and book) you will love these inspiring Mel Robbins quotes!
If not the rule is simple but the has the potential to change any aspect of your life.
The 5-Second Rule was accidentally created by Mel Robbins, one of the best motivational speakers in the world! Keep reading to check out her best quotes and learn the rule that can change your life in 5 seconds or less!
Mel Robbins Quotes to Increase Courage and Confidence
“Confidence in yourself is built through acts of everyday courage.” — Mel Robbins
Pushing yourself to take simple action creates a chain reaction in your confidence and your productivity.”
“Forget motivation. It’s a myth. I don’t know when we all bought into the idea that in order to change you must ‘feel’ eager or ‘feel’ motivated to act. It’s complete garbage.” (Yes, Mel Robbins said motivation is garbage!)
“The moment you have an instinct to act on a goal, you must physically move within 5 seconds or your brain will stop you. 5 4 3 2 1 Go!” — Mel Robbins (this is one of my favorite goal setting quotes)
“Confidence is a skill I’ve built over the years by practicing acts of everyday courage.”
“That moment of hesitation is a killer. Hesitation sends a stress signal to your brain. It’s a red flag that signals something’s wrong — and your brain goes into protection mode. This is how we are wired to fail.”
“But when you’re stuck, the major task is deciding if you’re going to change at all. The challenge is finding the ability, in the face of an overwhelming amount of resistance, to create a small change in your life and build on it.”
“Confidence is created by the small things you do every single day that build trust in yourself.” — Mel Robbins
“Hesitation is the kiss of death. You might hesitate for just a nanosecond, but that’s all it takes. That one small hesitation triggers a mental system that designed to stop you. And it happens in less than – you guessed it – five seconds.”
“There is only one YOU. And there will never be another one. That’s your power.”
Mel Robbins Quotes on Productivity
“Start before you’re ready. Don’t prepare, begin.” — Mel Robbins
“You need to recognize that the risk of moving toward your dreams is much lower than the slow, everyday punishment you inflict on yourself by suppressing your dream.” – Mel Robbins
“Procrastination is not a form of laziness at all. It’s a coping mechanism for stress.”
Confidence is a skill you build through action.”
“Either the day runs you or you run the day.”
“You are not supposed to be the same person you were a year, month, day, or even five seconds ago. You are designed to grow.”
“Managing distractions is like following through on health goals. you’re never going to feel like it; you just have to make yourself do it.”
“Perspective changes everything. What you take for granted someone else considers a luxury. Spend a little extra time being grateful for what you have today.” Mel Robbins
You do not have to settle for anything less than a life that you’re obsessed with. You deserve to wake up every day thinking you’re dreaming.”
“Stop thinking how you feel. Your feelings don’t matter. The only thing that matters is what you do.”
“The simple way to figure out who you are and what you want is to start aligning yourself with things that energize you.” – Mel Robbins
“There will always be someone who can’t see your worth. Don’t let it be you.”
“Every time you smash your excuses and 5-4-3-2-1 it you honor the greatness inside of you. It wants to be heard. That’s how confidence grows — one small, courageous move at a time.”
“You can change your ‘default mental settings and your habits one five-second decision at a time. Those small decisions add up to major changes in who you are, what you feel, and how you live.”
“Starting rituals interrupt your bad default patterns and trigger new, positive patterns.”
“If you have the courage to start, you have the courage to succeed.” — Mel Robbins
Change your decisions and you’ll change your life. And what will change your decisions more than anything? Courage.”
“The moment you check email, read the news or surf social media someone else’s priority jump in front of yours. Do you think that Bill Gates and Oprah are lying in bed scrolling through social feeds?”
^Of course not! Make sure to learn how to “Win the Morning” so you can dominate every day and set yourself up for success.
The History of the 5-Second Rule
The creator, Mel Robbins, didn’t set out to create this rule it basically found her. At 45 years old she was in a tough place.
Her marriage was crumbling, she was drinking too much, and had switched professions so much she was out of a job. Things were so bad with her husband’s business that there was a lien on the house and unknowingly had used every cent of the kid’s college tuition.
It was at rock bottom that Mel stumbled upon the 5-Second Rule when she was watching TV. She said she knew what she was supposed to do to change her life but couldn’t get the motivation to make it happen. As she was watching TV she saw a commercial of a NASA spaceship taking off.
That was her moment, the countdown. If you’ve watched Armageddon or Apollo 13 you know the epicness of a spaceship countdown.
She decided to use this 5-4-3-2-1 countdown in her life the very next morning. She knew needed to get up early to start making calls on jobs but kept sleeping in.
But the next morning Mel woke up and instead of hitting snooze as she always did she counted backward 5-4-3-2-1 and got out of bed. She couldn’t believe it, she finally got out of bed when her alarm clock went off and started to change her life.
The Science of the 5-Second Rule
After extensive research for her book she learned that when you count backward, you mentally shift the gears in your mind. You interrupt your way of thinking!
As Mel said, “The counting distracts you from your excuses and focused your mind on moving in a new direction. When you physically move instead of stopping to think, your physiology change and your mind falls in line.”
This is known as a starting ritual and helps you begin to change your behavior.
Does It Actually Work?
You might be thinking, that is corny as hell…don’t worry, Mel Robbins agrees.
She knows the premise of the idea is basic but she has used reach new levels of success she had never imagined. After discovering the 5-second rule Mel has gone on to become a best-selling author of “The 5-Second Rule” and most sought out speakers in the world.
I was able to meet her in person at Success Live seminar and absolutely love her passion, energy, and belief. She truly wants to help others improve their lives, no matter how good or bad they are this book and her work can help.
How to Use the 5-Second Rule
While I highly recommend reading the book from cover to cover (several times maybe) I want to show you how to start using this rule immediately.
Remember, you are only five seconds away from changing your life forever. The 5-Second Rule has the potential to help you change any area of your life.
The reason she started using it is that she couldn’t get herself to do things she knew she needed to do. Does this sound familiar?
How many times do you find yourself knowing what you need to do but can’t get yourself to do it? Things like…
- Cleaning the house
- Going to the gym so you can lose weight
- Sending that email or making that call
- Setting up a retirement fund
- Eating less food (or drinking less alcohol)
and so many other things that you constantly procrastinate in your life.
What Should You Use The 5-Second Rule For?
The 5-second rule will help you start doing the little things that will eventually help you become successful. But it can also help when you are having a negative thought, stop worrying and help you do whatever is scaring you.
Use the 5-Second Rule Today
The next time you find yourself saying “I should” but don’t end up doing it count backward 5-4-3-2-1 and take action. Start moving, change your physiology!
You will never feel motivated to go to the gym if you haven’t gone in a year. Or cleaning up your resume to find a job you actually like going to.
But if you keep programming your mind away from acting you will create a habit of not following through. This will teach your brain that it really isn’t that important and can affect other areas of your life.
Use the 5-second rule as a simple tool to take back control of your life.
As Mel said, “If you only ever did the things you don’t want to do, you’d have everything you’ve ever wanted.”
Learn to transform your life work and confidence with everyday courage!
What to Do Next
If you love these quotes you need to:
- Read Mel Robbins book, “The 5-Second Rule.“
- Listen to the Mel Robbins Podcast
- Watch Mel Robbins Ted Talk: How to Stop Screwing Yourself Over
Not only will this book help you achieve greatness but she also delivers some of the best motivational speeches ever!
Have you read her book, the 5-Second Rule?
Let me know in the comments!