“Enthusiasm is common and endurance is rare,” says Angela Duckworth, the author of Grit: The Power of Passion and Perseverance.
Haven’t we all found ourselves at one point in our lives gearing up and all fired up the night before saying these words:
“Tomorrow I will wake up early!”
“Tomorrow I will finally go to the gym!”
“I will be saving money and I will have this X amount of money in ten year’s time!”
“I will make investments and I will learn as much as I can!”
“Tomorrow, Tomorrow, Tomorrow!”
Enthusiasm. You can find it anywhere. You hear it from most people. But Endurance? It’s another story.
When the going gets tough, sadly, only the tough gets going. Most people curb, they muster all the excuses they can find, and they slowly fade away from their goals, their visions, and their dreams. Scientifically speaking, this is human nature. Our brains are wired in a way that it protects us from something uncomfortable, something uncertain, something risky. So your brain tells you, “Never mind. Abandon your idea. Get back to what is comfortable.”
So how do you become a person who rises above? When your brain tells you to stop, how do you keep going? How do you become one of the successful people who have made it through?
Mel Robbins, the author of the Five-Second Rule, has the answer.
Firstly, begin with Awareness.
Listen to yourself throughout the day. How often do you hear yourself say, “Later?” Be aware as you make your daily decisions and choices. Examples of the “later-conversations.”
“Should I start reading that book? Hmmm… maybe later.”
“I should go to the gym. Well, maybe later. Let me browse through Facebook first.”
“I should fix my budgeting sheets now. Actually, I’ll do it later. Let me rest for a bit.”
“I should start investing in real estate. Wait. It’s too risky. I don’t know what to do. Maybe next year I’ll be ready.”
These little things pile up. The last thing you know you have already created a habit of doing things at a later time. And it goes downhill from there.
Mel Robbins says, counteract the later-mindset with NOW. Tell yourself to do it NOW. Now is the perfect time. There is no other time but now. So be aware of your self-conversations. And remember NIKE? Just do it!
Secondly, to help you further become a person of action, Mel speaks of doing the Five-Second Rule.
Remember how NASA launches a rocket ship? It counts down from 5-4-3-2-1 and then off it goes! The rest is history!
That is how Mel Robbins transformed her life. She launched her self like a rocket after months of depression due to bankruptcy of her Husband’s restaurant business, unemployment and a humongous pile of debt. Her breakthrough started when she watched NASA launched a rocket and she got that “aha-moment.”
Every time she feels like not doing something, she counts down from 5 to 1 and she springs up – whether she feels like it or not, she just does it!
Scientifically speaking, the five-second rule is a trick to outsmart your brain. Every time you think of something that seems like a great idea, you have a small time window before your brain will tell you, “Ooops that is risky” or “No, it’s too tedious.” As you count down from five to one, you are distracting your brain and springing yourself into action. This rule has transformed hundreds of thousands of people and it continues to do so.
Enthusiasm is common. Let’s make endurance common too – in our personal life and our professional life. Let us decide and be people of action. Let us be aware of our thoughts and let us spring into action.
Are you ready?
5 – 4 – 3 – 2 – 1.