Audacious: 5 – Step System to Conquer Fear
There are some things we share with “lower” life forms. Most have a heart, a brain, and lungs. But in the most primal, primitive part of the mind, there lurks a place called the amygdala. In humans it’s about the size of an almond and its function is to keep us alive long enough to breed. It’s in all mammals, varying slightly in size, and it serves a very important purpose. Simply put, it tells us what to do when we’re in danger.
When you hear you the phrase “fight or flight” that’s referring to the work of the amygdala. There are some wonderful benefits to this system, for example, when something big and loud is coming at you, you’re probably already running before you even know what it is. The amygdala keeps you alive by pumping adrenaline into your system. What we do with it, becomes that reaction which keeps us alive.
Fight or flight. Are you going to stay and face the enemy, or will you run away?
The problem is, what was useful centuries ago has limited use in today’s world. After all, this reaction is built into the deepest, most instinctive part of our brain. But what do we need it for anymore other than to get you to jump up on the occasional curb when a taxi tries to take you out in the crosswalk?
When you hear yourself saying that something is too risky, that something is too dangerous, that you shouldn’t do it, that’s the amygdala talking. So while everything might not be life or death anymore, having a part of your brain on duty to keep you a little cautious, isn’t necessarily a bad thing. Except, it is. The worst part of the amygdala is that everything goes through there first before going on to other parts of the brain.
Few words elicit an emotional response more strongly than the word “failure.” One of the biggest obstacles to success is a fear of failure. In fact, most people are more motivated to avoid failure than they are to achieve success.
Most people don’t even have written goals because of a fear of failure. When you set a goal you’re defining success, but you’re also defining failure!
However, failure is a necessary part of success and successful living. Failure is a common result. It’s a lot more common than success. Failure is a short stop along the path to success. There is no significant success without a significant amount of failure, too.
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