Here’s How to Beat Self-Doubt in Just 5 Seconds

Here's How to Beat Self-Doubt in Just 5 Seconds

Self-doubt stops us in our tracks before we can act. Sometimes, it sets us up to fail before we’ve even begun.

But there’s a secret to beating self-doubt. And it’s so simple you might have to laugh at first.

Motivational speaker Mel Robbins struggled with low confidence years ago, after she and her husband lost nearly everything to a failed business. At her lowest point, a quick and easy technique (the five-second rule) changed her life.

No, not the rule for food that’s been dropped on the floor…

The Five-Second Rule

The five-second rule is meant for those moments of uncertainty, when you know something needs to be done, but you’re having a hard time mustering up the courage or willpower. Try it with these steps:

  • Identify your task.
  • Notice the moment you hesitate.
  • Count backward from five.
  • Get it done.

Basically, if you’re the type of person who spends too much time thinking about the task at hand before doing it, the 5-4-3-2-1 approach is for you. It can help you get past those pesky moments of hesitation, kick bad habits and even gain confidence over time.

Give it a shot and see if it helps you the way it helped Robbins. You deserve to reach your goals, so kick self-doubt to the curb and begin a new chapter today. Starting only takes five seconds.

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