Make the 5 Second Rule a habit.
Pushing yourself to take action creates a chain reaction in productivity, courage, and confidence. You create the momentum. The more you push yourself—5 … 4 … 3 … 2 … 1 … GO—the faster it becomes natural to make decisions and act instead of procrastinate.
Every time you need to do something but cannot find enough motivation or are afraid of failure, start counting backward: 5 … 4 … 3 … 2 … 1 ...
Remember that counting forward doesn’t have such power.
You can use this in many situations, like to give an opinion at an official meeting, ask for a raise, ask a person you like out on a date, stand up and go to the gym, and many others.
When you stop counting, ACT.
If you wait longer, you can lose your initial courage and power and instead start overthinking and finding excuses.
Treat counting backward like launching a rocket. There is no step back. Just act.