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Tammy Richards

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The best self-improvement book I've read ever!

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 04-01-17

Where does The 5 Second Rule rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

It ranks as #1. I am so inspired and feel I finally found something that provides me with instant, tangible results that make me feel good about myself and my progress.

Who was your favorite character and why?

I enjoyed listening to Mel on the audio recording. It felt like she was actually with me wherever I went.

What does Mel Robbins bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

Her inflection and tone that really captured the essence of who she is as a person. I felt like she spoke to me as a friend sharing her advise and technique to overcome obstacles with which she knew I had been struggling

Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

This book made me laugh out loud on many occasions and shed a tender tear towards the end as Mel shared experiences from an authentically raw and refreshingly open perspective.

Any additional comments?

I don't usually write long and detailed reviews, but this one deserved way more than just a quick rating and a few sentences. The 5 Second Rule is a life-saver! I purchased and devoured the audio book and as a result, accomplished more in 48 hours than I had since the beginning of the year! It started with the wake up challenge. I boosted my incentive to get up right when the alarm goes off by setting the alarm to play my favorite song; thus I now get up dancing all the way to the other side of the room to turn it off! Getting up this way immediately sets the tone for my day. I've taken back so much of my time just by owning my mornings as Mel suggested.

After splashing my face and brushing my choppers, I get my exercise in, plan my day, meditate, eat breakfast, toss a load in the wash, clean a room in the house, shower, and dress all in just a little over 2 hours! Talk about feeling great! It makes it so easy to transition into the work-from-home-flow. I place the phone on "Do Not Disturb" and out of sight, set the alarm element for one hour and avoid another time waster of watching the clock. Additionally, I'm taking an online class that I'd been struggling to complete. Amazingly implementing the 5 second rule has given me the wherewithal to remove the distractions and interruptions all together! I am now fully engaged, enjoying the material and learning so much! I knew the distractions were affecting how quickly (or not) I was getting through the course, but I never thought about just how much it affected my level of interest. Those emails and texts really can and will just have to wait!

Next, just last week, I was asked by a current college level student to speak on a panel to discuss ideas for improvement in education at a local university. I hurriedly passed up the invitation and forwarded it on to a few other professionals who I felt were more educated and qualified, with credentials, to sit on the panel. Since I "only" had a bachelors level degree in Design and Merchandising, and since I have been a stay-at-home mom for the past 16 years, I felt extremely intimidated by the prospect of speaking on a panel about education with Masters and PhD level professionals, even though I have home educated three of my children for over 15 years, and so far have sent two off to college with scholarships in tow. I played the record in my head,

"I'm not qualified to sit on anybody's panel."
"I don't have enough credentials to put in my bio that will make me appear important."
"My credentials don't measure up to those already confirmed to speak."
"What perspective can I offer that they won't already have?"
"Ya won't see me sitting up there looking like a fool in front of an auditorium full of people."

However, after listening to Mel share about her introverted husband planning a yoga retreat and 'cursing the 5 second rule,' as the day approached, I first laughed out loud--as I totally could relate-- then I counted down 5-4-3-2-1 and quickly sent off an email yesterday, letting the student know I too am available if she still needed me. My stomach turns when I allow myself to think about it, but I recite the 5 sec countdown and then, as the book also taught,, turn my fear into excitement as I prepare to walk onto that stage at the end of next month.

I further turned my husband on with my excitement about the #5secondrule and now he's started listening to the book. I've also passed my high recommendation on to some of my friends and family! One friend in particular, sent me a text stating, "Just finished listening to Mel Robbins [podcast]. One word. AWESOME! I got the audible book and will start listening tomorrow."

Lastly, I must mention just how excited I was to start the audio and actually hear her voice on the recording! The conversational approach really made me feel connected and feel like she was actually sitting in my kitchen and riding around in my car with me for the past 36 hours. I greatly appreciated her candidness, authenticity, and the many times I experienced out-right-gut-wrenching laughter that really cleansed my soul and lifted my spirits even higher. I am truly grateful for the few changes this new approach has already provided me thus far and for knowing just how much my real life is really about to take off as I count down and open myself up to the many opportunities, both big and small, that await me just around life's corner.

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Very Affirming

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Reviewed: 08-09-16

Another great work by Esther and Jerry Hicks. It affirmed even more how I've been creating my life all along; this it has given me greater confidence in moving forward more deliberately in my life.

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Outstanding!

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Reviewed: 05-22-16

Loved this book. Such great insight and the more I listen to it, the more I gain from it. As I recount my past experiences, so much makes sense now. I am thrilled to finally realize I am in control of my life experiences as the same for others, and it's not for me to control themin order to make myself happy.

Relaxing

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Reviewed: 02-09-15

I did enjoy the suggestive wordsl as they were quite performing. I did not care for the sound of the voice as it sounded too computer-like and forced; however, I still was able to relax pretty well as listen