Use This To Control Your Brain – Mel Robbins

Use This To Control Your Brain – Mel Robbins

There are so many people in the world and – and you may be watching this right now and you have these incredible ideas and what you think is missing is motivation and that’s not true, because the way that our minds are wired and the fact about human beings Is that we are not designed to do things that are uncomfortable or scary or difficult? Our brains are designed to protect us from those things, because our brains are trying to keep us alive and in order to change in order to build a business. In order to be the best parent of a spouse to do all those things that you know you want to do with your life, with your work with your dreams, you’re gonna have to do things that are difficult, uncertain or scary, which sets up this problem. For all of us, you’re never gonna feel like it. What do you think that is?

Oh, I know exactly why that is because I’ve studied this so much because for me, one of the hardest things to figure out was: why is it so hard to do? The little things that would improve my life and what I’ve come to realize is that the way that our minds are designed is our minds are designed to stop you at all costs from doing anything that might hurt you the way that that that that this all Happens is it all starts with something super subtle that none of us ever catch, and that is with this habit that all of us have that nobody’s talking about. We all have a habit of hesitating. We have an idea you’re sitting in a meeting. You have this incredible idea and instead of just you know saying it you stop and you hesitate now.

What none of us realize is that when you hesitate just that moment that micro moment that’s small hesitation, it sends a stress signal to your brain. It wakes your brain up and your brain all of a sudden goes. Oh, wait! A minute wait. Why is he hesitating?

He didn’t hesitate when he put on his killer, spiky sneakers. He didn’t hesitate with the really cool track pants. He didn’t hesitate with the NASA tee shirt now he’s hesitating to talk, something must be up. Then your brain goes to work. To protect you.

It has a million different ways to protect you. One of them is called the spotlight effect. it’s a known phenomenon where your brain magnifies risk Y to pull you away from something that it perceives to be a problem, and so you can truly trace every single problem or complaint in your life to silence and hesitation. Those are decisions. What I do and what’s changed my life is waking up and realizing that I’m never gonna feel like doing the things that are tough for difficult or uncertain or scary, or no, so I need to stop waiting until I feel like it and number two.

I am one decision away from a totally different marriage, a totally different life, a totally different job, a totally different income, a totally different relationship with my kids, not like one decision, I’m divorcing you in in the marriage example, but one decision on you know you could Be having a conversation with your spouse and you feel your emotions rise up and within a tiny window those emotions can take over and can impact how your marriage goes or you can learn how to take control of that micro moment and make a decision to act In a way that actually shifts your marriage, your life comes down to your decisions and if you change your decisions, you will change everything in the scheme of life hitting the snooze button is not that big of a deal, but here’s the thing about life. None of us wake up and say today is the day I destroy my life. What we do is we kind of check out because it feels overwhelming or we check out because we’re afraid or we check out, because we start listening to self-doubt and then we make these teeny tiny decisions all day long. We don’t even realize it decision to not get up on time, a decision to not eat the right thing. A decision to snap at your kids, a decision to not speak in a meeting, a decision to not look for a job, a decision to not deal with your finances, a decision to not call your parent, like whatever it is all day long.

These tiny decisions that take you so far off track and then you wake up like I didn’t and you you look at your life and you think how the hell did I get here and, more importantly, how do I get back over there and you have no Idea – and so I was so trapped – and I know from your story – you felt the same way like you knew that there was more in store for you, but you couldn’t figure out how you closed that gap. How do you find the power? That’s in you? How do you discover your greatness? How do you solve these problems?

It feels so overwhelming. When you can’t, I mean I would go to the grocery store and the items would scan and I would be sitting there reading my excuse, because there was no way that my check fur was gon na clear. I got in this struggle with myself that a lot of us find ourselves in and that is you get trapped in what I call the knowledge action gap. You know what to do, but you can’t seem to make yourself do it right. I mean every one of us: is one Google search away from a list of instructions that, if you follow any of them one, it will change your life.

But how do you get out of your head and stop thinking about what you need to do and actually do it, and, in my case this stuff was pretty easy. Get up on time? Make breakfast for the kids get them on the bus start. Looking for a job don’t drink so much instead of isolating yourself pick up the phone and call a friend get yourself out into the woods and go for a walk start running again. it’s like all these little things that I was capable of, but I couldn’t get out of here, could not get out of here and if you’re stuck that’s the problem, the problem is you’re you’re in your head, you’re thinking when you set goals, when you have an Intention on something that you want to change about your life, your brain helps you what it does is.

It opens up a checklist, and then your brain goes to work. Trying to remind you of that intention that you set, and it’s really important to develop the skill, and I say that word purposefully the skill of knowing how to hear that inner wisdom and that intention kicking in and leaning into it quickly. So, for me, my brain saying: that’s it right. There move as fast as a rocket Mel. I wanted to change my life and I think most people that are miserable or that are that are really like dying to be great and dying.

To have more. We want to change, we want to live a better life, we want to create more for our families. We want to be happier the desire. Is there again it’s about? How do you go from knowledge to action?

So the first thing in the story – that’s important – is realizing that the answer was in me and my mind was telling me pay attention anyway. The next morning the alarm goes off and I pretended NASA. Was there it’s a stupidest story. I literally went 5 4. 3.

2 1 – I counted out loud and then I stood up and I’ll, never forget, standing there in my bedroom it was dark, it was cold, it was winter in Boston and for the first time in 3 months I had beaten my habit of hitting the snooze button. I couldn’t believe it and I thought wait. A minute counting backwards said. Is the dumbest thing I’ve ever heard in my entire life? Well, the next morning I used it again and it worked the next morning.

I used it again and it worked the next morning. I used it again and it worked, and then I started to notice something really interesting. There were moments all day, long all day, long just like that five-second moment in bed, where I knew knowledge what I should do and if I didn’t move within 5 seconds, my brain would step in and talk me out of it. Every human being has a five-second window might even be shorter for you, 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, because remember your brain is wired to stop. You from doing things that are uncomfortable or uncertain or scary.

It’s your job to learn how to move from those ideas that could change everything into acting on them. When you understand the power of a 5 second decision – and you understand that you always have a choice – to go from autopilot to decision-maker, everything in your life will change, you will be a different negotiator. You will be different sales. You will be unstoppable in the gym, because you will realize the amount of garbage that you put in the way of your hopes of your dreams, of your potential of your confidence of your courage. Everything comes down to the decisions that you make.

We all know what to do. None of us know how to make ourselves do it. I started researching it. Why does something so stupid work? Why?

Why does something so silly create such powerful and profound change? Well: here’s why the rule is a form of metacognition. Metacognition is a fancy-pants terms. That means something real simple: you can outsmart your own brain in furtherance of goals, they’re tricks that you can use that actually outsmart the tricks your brain plays on you in furtherance of a higher purpose. We all know this.

You can restrain yourself if you’re in a situation that calls for it, you can jump into a raging river to save your dog or your kid. You can direct yourself in ways if it’s important to you and so the rule, what it does is. It does something really remarkable when you count backwards: 5. 4, 3. 2.

1. What you’re actually doing is you’re interrupting what researchers call habit loops that get encoded as as closed loop patterns in your basal ganglia. That’s the part of the brain where your feelings or your emotions, every habit that you have, which is nothing more than behavior, that you repeat that you don’t even think of it, and so when you go 5, 4. 3. 2.

1. It interrupts what’s going on here. That’s spinning without you thinking and it moves and awakens your prefrontal cortex. So when you hit one, your habit has been interrupted, so you’ve interrupted self-doubt, you’ve interrupted, maybe snapping at your kids. You’ve interrupted the desire to grab for a drink.

You’ve interrupted procrastination, you’ve also by counting backwards done, an action, it’s awake and your prefrontal cortex. That is the part of the brain that you need. That’s awake when you’re changing behavior when you’re learning new things when you hit one, it’s also a prompt so in the language of research, you’ll hear people talk about starting rituals. That is, that is something that’s proven to help. You learn a new habit, the five-second rule, when you repeat it becomes a starting ritual that triggers you to act with confidence that triggers you that this is a moment for courage that triggers you to shift gears and because you’ve also done the manual work of awakening.

The part of the brain that you need to change you’ve set yourself up for success. It doesn’t work if you count up because you can keep going and also counting up doesn’t require focus if you count backwards. 5. 4. 3.

2. 1. It again awakens the prefrontal cortex and it prompts you to move when you start to use it, and then you read about it: you’ll see that that it’s being used all over the place. They use it in the armed services in order to align troops and get them to start an exercise. They use it at elementary schools.

5. 4. 3. 2. 1.

A big assemblies to get a huge room full of kids, stop talking simple and interesting example: yeah, because it requires you to focus it’s not a habit. It will become a habit that prompts you to have confidence courage, but in the beginning it interrupts patterns of behavior. That you do an autopilot, it helps you assert control and it teaches you how to become the kind of person that moves from thinking about something to actually doing it. I think we’re all flawed and that’s the beauty of who you are and instead of trying to make yourself perfect in every area. it’s so much easier when you accept the things that you’re terrible or at or that are your weaknesses or that are the things about your wiring look.

If I were diabetic, I would take insulin. I happen to be somebody. That’s wired for anxiety, no big deal so figure out how to instead of fighting those things, actually trick it, because the truth is that you’re, never gonna feel ready to make these changes. You’re never gonna feel like doing them, but you can always make a decision. That’s always in your control.

Staying with somebody that treats you like garbage is a decision. It is staying at a job that you hate is a decision. Staying in the body that you are not proud of is a decision. Is it going to be easy? No, it’s not gonna be easy to change.

It’s simple to a Google search and then use the five-second rule to force yourself to do that. Stuff change comes down to five second decisions, and this is why the five-second rule is important for everybody to know it’s your job to push yourself, and I don’t care if you’re, dr Martin Luther King Jr., or your Michelangelo, or your lin-manuel Miranda who wrote Hamilton you will struggle with self-doubt and everybody that you admire everybody, and the list is the same for every 200 Oprah Winfrey and I want to be like you know Tom, and I want to Be like you know, Branson, and I want to be like jay-z, and I want like everybody’s listed a Bill Gates and do you know what those people do they do not have the habit of hesitating. They trust themselves.

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