Do you ever feel overwhelmed to the point that you don’t know what you’re to do next?
You’re working hard, trying to make money. But it doesn’t seem to get the momentum you want yet.
At the same time, life demands a lot out of you – expenses, spouse, kids, etc.
You feel stuck and lost. You keep solving every problem in your head.
The more you think, the more you feel stuck and desperate. Things seem not to be resolving at all.
Let me tell you what happens.
When you’re overwhelmed and stuck, it’s a sign that your brain is playing tricks on you.
You’re stuck because your brain is saying “where you’re heading is unclear, it is safer to stay still”.
Well, your brain is trying to save you from whatever risk out there. This is how we instinctively survive.
When unclear, your brain injects “fear” in your mind, preventing you to take risks.
This works if you lived 10,000 years ago where dangers were very real. Nothing’s wrong with that.
But in our modern world, we need to take control of our brain. We can’t let our brain runs on autopilot. We need to be the pilot.
Take control of your brain, shifting fear to excitement
“Fear and excitement” are physically and chemically the same within your body. Chemicals released, pulse rushing, sweating, these are what happens when you feel both fear and excitement.
It’s your brain that tells you if this is “fear” or “excitement”.
Basically, if you don’t take actions quick enough, your brain automatically assumes it’s a fear and tells you to avoid taking any actions.
If you are able to take action quick enough, your brain assumes it’s an excitement and tells you to take more actions.
Most of the time, we lose control over our brain, because brain on autopilot is an easy choice.
Here’s what you need to do in order to gain control back from your brain.
When you feel overwhelmed, you count down 5, 4, 3, 2, 1 and take action.
The countdown is counter-intuitive.
It requires you to re-focus and therefore activates the frontal lobe brain.
The frontal lobe is the part of the brain that controls our abilities to make decisions and solve problems.
After counting “1”, the brain will be ready to take your order.
As a pilot to your brain, you gotta take an action before it goes back to autopilot again.
So right after the, 5, 4, 3, 2, 1, you take an action.
This is how you get back the control over your brain.
What kind of action to take after that countdown?
That’s a fair question to ask. Actually, it can be any actions.
To get thing simple, I’ll share you my specific little action that always works for me in the next post.
How’s that sound? Let me know in the comment below.