I know, that this sound ridiculous and I can hear all of you saying that there’s no way in hell that you can get what you want in 5 seconds. And you’re right, but it’s where everything starts or gets killed. Yes killed. I know it’s a terrifying word and no one wants to admit this but you, me and the rest of the world kill something every day… and even more scary, we do it many times a day! I’m not talking about what you eat, I’m talking about what could be the most important thing for you and the rest of your life… your own ideas!
Your brain is incredibly fast!
Did you know that the average person has about 48.6 thoughts per minute, according to the Laboratory of Neuro Imaging at the University of Southern California. That adds up to a total of 70,000 thoughts per day! That’s insane! And we would probably all be insane if we could pay attention to all those thoughts, but we don’t. We pay attention to those that stand out, ie those to which we have an emotional resonance.
Your mind is extremely fast at making decisions about everything, who you like, what thoughts you pay attention to, your reactions, etc. The other thing that it does very quickly is slamming on the breaks! If you have one of those little impulses that are pulling you to do something, talk to someone, break through your comfort zone, etc, if you don’t marry it with an action within 5 seconds, you will pull the emergency break and kill the idea. As you can see from the research on how many thoughts your brain has, your problem isn’t getting ideas, it’s that you don’t act on them. You are killing your own ideas, your own ability to change something, to meet someone, to be what you really want to be.
What’s going on here?
The barrier that keeps us from learning or doing something new isn’t intellectual, it’s emotional.
We all have that little chatterbox inside our brains that spits out unfounded fallacious thoughts like: “what will other people think?”, “I’m too shy to try this”, “ I can’t talk to her (or him), I’m not (insert quality of your choosing) enough” etc., that make us slam on the breaks and not take any action on our impulses.
Now mind you, sometimes that’s a good thing. You don’t want to give in to every impulse that you have, otherwise we’d all be going to jail for punching people, sexual misconduct or speeding, etc. but when your breaks get slammed on an impulse you should be pursuing just because you are afraid of how you’re going to look or other people’s reaction, that’s keeping you from achieving your potential or experiencing life to its fullest and that’s bad!
- Take action within 5 seconds of having a positive impulse.
- Want to talk to someone new; go over there and say “hi”.
- Want to improve your health; zero in on why exactly, cause being healthier isn’t motivating enough. Write it down, now! Then set your alarm 30 min prior to the time you normally wake up and get moving!
- Want to travel more; start doing research and budget to get there.
- Find a partner, friend or consultant. Doing stuff on your own isn’t much fun and certainly not very motivating. Find someone to take action with you, to accompany you at least once to whatever it is you want to try out. Don’t have anyone? Call me! I’m serious! If you don’t live too far and you really want to do this “thing”, I WILL help you!
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