Every morning when my alarm goes off, my first thought is “I only have 5 seconds to get up!” I do, I have five seconds to get up and stay up. Why? Because our brain, the fabulous mastermind that it is, doesn’t want us to change. It wants to perform, and keep performing on auto-drive. So, no matter how bad our habits are, our brain wants to keep doing them. That way, it doesn’t have to change, and most importantly, it doesn’t have to make new grooves. Because when we change our actions and think new thoughts, it makes new grooves and forms new habits. New grooves, in our brains that we can force it to make. But, like the rest of our bodies, our brains are lazy. It doesn’t want to make new grooves; it likes the old ones just fine, even if they are killing us. Who cares? Obviously not our brains, it’s comfortable just the way it is.
The only way to trick our brains is called Activation Energy. That is when I actually get up when my alarm goes off. It’s when you take a physical action to change a habit. Then, if you do that action long enough, you will make a new groove in your brain, and a new habit has been born. Hopefully a good habit and not a bad one.
Do yourself a favor and watch this video. Mel Robbins really knows what she’s talking about. I thought it was a game-changer, and really helped to explain why habits are so hard to change. Watch the whole thing, and put her 5 second rule into action. It’s how I’ve been forcing myself to get up and work out every morning. In fact the knowledge that I only have five seconds actually gets me up and out of bed. Try it and let me know how it works for you.