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Five Seconds to Motivation--Moving from Intention to Action

There’s only one way to get whatever you want in life, according to Mel Robbins. She says that every human being has five seconds to move from an idea, an intention, a thought, or the knowledge that they must do something to take the action to do it: “You have about a five-second window in which you can move from idea to action before your brain kicks into full gear and sabotages any change in behavior.” (Robbins, 2017).
Your brain is hardwired to protect you--to stop you from doing things that are uncomfortable and scary. Your job is to learn how to move your ideas that could change things in your life, into action. It's simple: count backward from five to one and, like Robbin's rocket launching metaphor, get out of bed instead of hitting the snooze button, cross the room to network with that person you'd like to meet, and even do the little everyday things that require action from a decision. We often fail to take this action that could advance us in our lives and boost o…

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