How are things sounding upstairs in your noggin? Are you working hard this year to get your brain to settle in to a new rhythm, to change the way you think about food and your wellness? Are you trying to make major changes in your life? Is your brain cooperating? Or is there some kicking and screaming going on in there?
If there is a bit of a fight going on upstairs, that is perfectly normal. We’ve written about the amygdala in the past. That’s what medical science calls it, but we like to call it the “Lizard Brain.” We’ve shared the link for Seth Godin’s dandy little post about it before, but it is a post worth revisiting throughout the year.
He explains it brilliantly here: (http://sethgodin.typepad.com/seths_blog/2010/01/quieting-the-lizard-brain.h…).
The Lizard Brain is another reason you may consider hiring a coach. If we trusted ourselves to navigate life without our Lizard Brain reeking havoc on our momentum or misdirecting our ambition or tripping us up at any juncture, we would go it alone. But we know better. We know what we need is someone watching, guiding, leading and cheering for us. Our coaches help us be even better coaches to our clients. There is not shame in using all of the tools you can to be the most fierce and unstoppable version of yourself. No matter your level of baddassery, you’re still susceptible to becoming a victim to the pitfalls of the human condition. When you feel your Lizard Brain creeping up, call it out for what it is: past primal nonsense that you don’t have time or space for any longer. If it gnaws at you to the point you are having trouble resisting those old ways, send us a message about the struggle and we’ll coach you through it. Those unsavory moments will pass. They always pass. Hang in there. Stay committed to the journey of your best self, and of living your best life.
“The amygdala isn’t going away. Your lizard brain is here to stay, and your job is to figure out how to quiet it and ignore it.” –Seth Godin
As we strive to live authentic, extraordinary lives and the pressures for greatness mount (from the world around us and from self-induced pressures), we can become stuck in the ways we think and feel about ourselves and our situations in life and work. But this is your story, for the love!, and you are in charge of writing it the way you want it to go (and regardless of how it has been written in the past). Stay committed and you will discover your own endless possibilities.
Cheers to the adventure!