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How to Override Procrastination and Self-Doubt and Start Achieving Your Goals?

by Williams Castro

Your biggest enemy is not your competitive colleague or classmate, or your envious relatives, or hateful ex. Your biggest enemy is actually yourself. There’s no one who is standing firmly and effectively on your way to achieve your dreams than your own self. Self-doubt and hesitation are typical strategies your brain uses whenever you think of doing hard work.

But, why?

The reason is simple: your brain is designed to keep you away from hard and uncomfortable activities. Its only key purpose is to keep you alive (eat, drink, sleep, reproduce, etc.) and keep you away from danger. The brain registers laborious work as dangerous since it is not fun and since it disrupts deeply entrenched routines; hence, your brain keeps you away from doing what you know for a fact is necessary to do.

Okay, then how do I override this tendency?

One easy and super quick technique is what is known as the “five second rule.” Whenever you think of something that you need to do (homework, calling a professor, sending a resume, starting work on a project, etc.), count down from seconds (5, 4, 3, 2, 1), then DO IT – like a Heavy Falcon rocket that has no other direction to take but up, escaping earth’s gravity using all its might.

What this technique does is that it stops you from sinking in the swamp of self-doubt and hesitation. Hesitation is your biggest enemy; once you entertain it, you are blocked and you can’t go anywhere. Hence, the 5 second rule gives you control over your brain.

Scenario 1:

  • You: I really need to start working on X project. I’m way behind on the deadline.
  • Your brain: Sure. But first eat lunch. Watch this funny video. Check your messages. Take a walk. You’re tired now, so you’re better off if you just spend this evening binge watching this interesting series and start working on the project tomorrow.

    Scenario 2:

    • You: I really need to start working on X project. I’m way behind on the deadline.
    • Your brain: Sur…

    Five Second Rule: FIVE, FOUR, THREE, TWO, ONE: START NOW.


    This technique is best articulated by the motivational speaker Mel Robbins in one of her highly recommended interviews.

    “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.”

    Robbins Says

    Also remember what Friedrich Nietzsche once said: 

    He who cannot obey himself will be commanded.

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