Last week we started to look at our comfort zones and how to break out of them. One of the key reasons we resist moving out our own comfort zone is that we don’t like uncertainty. Just like the financial markets, we like to know what’s going to happen, we like predictability and certainty. We are often bound to the safety, security and certainty that our comfort zone provides. The risk of losing any of that fills us with dread and fear.
To take that first step out of your comfort zone means stepping into the unknown, the unfamiliar, into new territory. So instead making excuses for why it’s a bad idea, learn to embrace that uncertainty and give it a go. Hopefully if you’ve followed our first tip to try something new or different every day (see our previous blog), and that is now becoming a bit if a habit anyway. So let’s look at the next top tip to help you do just that.
The 5 second rule
The 5 second rule is probably one of the most commonly used rules out there. When applied to our decision making and our ability to move out of our comfort zone it is one of the simplest and most effective tools you can use. In her book, The 5 Second Rule, Mel Robbins describes the life changing impact it had on her, and on many of the people she has reached out to. I highly recommend it to you! Essentially, when faced with that difficult go/no go step to do something that is different, the 5 second rule suggests you recite to yourself a simple countdown of 5-4-3-2-1 and then just go for it. No hesitation, no excuses no rationalizing to yourself that it’s a bad move, just get up and do it.
Whether it’s getting out of bed early to do some exercise, stepping off that bungee jump platform, or trying a new decaf blend of coffee, recite the countdown and go for it. Obviously we’re not talking about putting your life savings on black decisions, but the ones you’ve thought through, you know are a good idea but you just can’t seem to take the first step. It sounds simple but there’s something psychological going on here. The very act of counting yourself down implies a countdown to something, to action and you are conditioning your brain for change.
Your first challenge – try it today
There’s no time like the present so sit back and think of something you’ve been meaning to do or try but haven’t been able to get started. Recite the 5-4-3-2-1 countdown and go for it.
Let’s continue to push against our comfort zone every day.