Understanding U

The 5-Second Brain Hack

  • When U have an instinct to do something that will help U achieve one of your goals…
    • U must immediately count 5-4-3-2-1
    • And, then physically move in the direction of that thing
    • o 5 seconds is all it takes for your brain to trigger that familiar cascade of self-doubt, hesitation, and excuses that are designed to keep U right where U are

The longer U think about something, the lower your urge to act becomes!

  • The Act of Counting Down
  • The very act of counting down fires up your prefrontal cortex, snapping U out of autopilot and into decision-making mode, and empowering U to take immediate action when the clock runs out
  • Have the urge to work out?
  • Count 5-4-3-2-1, and then go!
    • Teach yourself to take action when normally U would stop yourself by thinking
    • The rule does not make things easy; it makes them happen!
    • Habit change isn’t a sprint, it’s a marathon

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