Recently I attended a meeting learning information that could change my life and my business. On the way to the meeting I heard old voices of sabotage, procrastination and fear speaking…e.g. “The traffic is too much, turn around…If I’m late, I should call and say I will come next time…I’m tired and I should have stayed home…This information is over my head, I’m too old to start something new. blah blah.” After hearing the passionate speaker I felt butterflies in my stomach. I felt a combination of excitement and fear. I felt overwhelmed and I felt hope.
I am sharing this experience with you because I know what it feels like to be out of your comfort zone. I push, inspire and motivate others as a Life Coach, but when it happens to me, I too, feel a mixed bag of emotions. Why does this happen? Our brains are wired for the familiar. Our brain likes to conserve energy so it seeks routine. I am seeking growth and change but my brain likes the loop of assumptions, fear and behaviors that have accumulated over time because of my focus and repetitive thoughts, feelings and actions.
Here’s an example. If you take the same route home from work every day, after a while your brain doesn’t have to think. You get home on auto pilot. If you take a new route, your mind needs to use energy to be alert for danger, new streets, new turns, new traffic signals, new sights along the way. Now your brain is on hyper-alert instead of auto-pilot. This happens when we change jobs, relationships, grocery stores, restaurants, classes, etc. Too often we slip into auto-pilot and miss red flags, miss opportunities for growth and miss the adventure and possibilities life offers.
If you want to change your life, change your behavior and choices. We are creatures of habit. Whatever you focus on and repeat… becomes a feedback loop in your brain. If you focus on fear and repeat limiting behavior…your brain develops a routine and familiar loop of assumptions and feelings. If you focus on success, growth and possibilities…your brain will develop a routine and familiar loop of assumptions and feelings. As a man/woman thinketh…so is he/she.
You were born to be and experience more than where you are now! Life has so many more things for you to see, touch, smell, taste, feel, enjoy, share, learn, hear, overcome and accomplish. I invite you to take more leaps of faith with me and silence your inner critic. Be reminded of the words found in 2 Timothy 1:7…”For God did not give us a spirit of fear, but a spirit of power, of love and of self-discipline.”
I will be teaching more on this topic “Train Your Brain for Success” on a tele-conference call Saturday, Dec 1 and Saturday, Dec. 8. ~ Jewel Diamond Taylor