The brain is POWERFUL. And it will do it’s best to keep you from succeeding. It will trip you up and scream at you to turn back. There is danger ahead. Because as you know, every reward is associated with RISK. And the brain’s only job is to keep you alive and away from danger (RISK). So it works very hard to keep you safe. In your comfort zone.
But what if your goals are not in your current comfort zone? Then you have to leave and enter new uncharted territory. Your brain HATES that.
To achieve what you have never done, you have to leave the safety of the shore and venture into unknown territory and face the real possibility of failure. Success lives right next door to Failure.
So to get to success, (REWARD) you have to pass thru the unknown territory where there is the very real possibility of failure. (RISK)
Here is how to outsmart your brain:
Use associations to help you link powerful emotions to the results you want to achieve.
Meditate and visualize what, who, how you want to be. Create the person/situation very firmly in your mind as your GOAL.
Seriously, take a moment to clearly see and understand who and what you want to achieve. What does it look like? Who are you in this new situation? What are you doing? How does your life look?
If you are going to all this trouble to create a life for yourself, you might as well take a good look at it.
Then think of that goal you have imagined as a destination on a map, and it is in the heart of uncharted territory. In the middle of the unknown.
Your lives at the heart of uncharted territory
Pin it. See it. Now label all of the territory around it as the Success/Failure zone. Because when you step off into it, you could fail. But you could also succeed.
In fact, this unknown territory is the only place where you can actually succeed, when you are surrounded by thousands of ways to fail.
As you make preparations for your journey and even start walking, associate the fear/anxiety that shows up as an indicator that you have committed yourself to getting there. It is screaming for you to turn back, but you are going anyway, right into the unknown territory.
LINK the fear/anxiety emotion as the space between you and your Goal.
If the emotion shows up then be happy, because you know you are on the right track, because whatever you are doing or thinking is moving you closer to your goal, and your goal is in the heart of unfamiliar territory.
Learning and growth only happens when you are attempting things you have never done before and do not know how to do and could very likely fail. This is the PANIC ZONE. This is where true growth happens and new skill sets are learned.
These are THE ONLY conditions for success. In the middle of the unknown and huge risk of failure. This is also the territory where fear , panic, anxiety hangs out.
Link the powerful emotion to leaving your status quo, leaving behind the known and comfortable, and stretching yourself, doing what you don’t know how to do and moving into the success/failure zone.
The fear is you LEARNING and SUCCEEDING.
If you are comfortable, then you have quit and turned back to base camp: for what you do know.
Welcome the Fear, it is your sure thing indicator that you are on the right path. Your goal is in front of you still. If you feel it, then you are still moving forward.