Five Second Rule

Early this year I learned something that changed my life: counting 5 seconds backwards!! I’m not even joking! Let me explain. Your brain contains two moods – the auto pilot and the drive. The auto pilot part of your brain is the part that executes a habit without even thinking about it. For example, when you pulled your pants on this morning, you either put your right leg or left leg in first. At this moment, you may have to think about which one was first. You probably don’t even remember, because you didn’t think about it when you were pulling your pants on. The problem for most of us is that half of the day we’re checked out in our auto pilot mood. The behavioral pattern you repeat can take over, by that I mean thinking patterns like over-thinking, procrastinating, self-doubt, worry, fear… those are all thinking patterns that are habits. The other mood is the drive. You’re fully awake, you’re present, and you’re in charge of your thoughts.  You’re in a drive mood and you are taking control of your actions! When you’re doing that, your prefrontal cortex is active; a part of your brain in charge of learning a new behavior, in charge of doing something difficult or uncertain, etc. What I learned is that behavior patterns can be interrupted and replaced by using a simple...

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