Day 10: Write a Letter to Your Lizard Brain
Stop clinging to your limitations.
Instead of talking about why you can’t, brainstorm how you can.
It can be so easy to talk yourself out of anything but if you would only use that power to talk yourself into it, oh what a different you would make. I stopped talking a while ago and from there I can only go up. Start thinking about all the ways you can achieve and accomplish what your heart is set out to do an steps that you can take to get there. One big thing I have been working on is a 2014 Strategic Goal plan that identifies my major goals and what I will do daily, weekly and monthly to get there. Its one thing to have all your thoughts just in your mind but completely different to have them on paper with a plan. Powerful.
Often times I experience resistance between where I want to be and where I am. Your mind is a powerful thing yet it can also be very counterproductive, especially when you need it the most. Negative thoughts seem to appear when you are trying to make progress towards a certain goal, dream or make a change. There seems to be terminology that describes this process.
What is the lizard brain? Leadership and marketing guru Seth Godin describes the lizard brain this way:
We say we want one thing, then we do another. We say we want to be successful but we sabotage the job interview. We say we want a product to come to market, but we sandbag the shipping schedule. We say we want to be thin but we eat too much. We say we want to be smart but we skip class or don’t read that book the boss lent us. The contradictions never end. When someone shows up and acts without contradiction, we’re amazed. When an athlete just does the sport, or when a writer just writes the words, we can’t help but watch, astonished at the purity of their actions. Why is it so difficult to do what we say we’re going to do? The lizard brain.
Write a letter to your lizard brain to acknowledge its presence and declare your
freedom from allowing it to rule your life from this point forward. Your letter should
reflect your new awareness and be stern, but loving. You may use the format below or
freestyle your own.
Dear Lizard Brain,
You have been a huge distraction and have made many attempts to detour me off my path. It seems that you appear at what feels like the most important and crucial times in my life, when I am moving towards success. Its funny because you never show up when I have my "AH" moments or "Epiphanies" or even during one of my self insightful discoveries. You don't seem to be threatened much by the new knowledge I obtain, but you are intimidated when it comes to me making strides to change. It seems like every time I want to do something for my own happiness and growth, you show up to tear me down. I know that you do not like change as it is often uncomfortable and the things I want to do are foreign to you. But don't worry, God has this all under control. For instance, whenever I try to change my current behavior to a new ideal behavior for my live you showed up in the form of confusion and difficulty. You make everything seem so much harder than it really is and all that over thinking and overcomplicating drove me crazy. Whenever I think about taking the next step towards my dreams you showed up in the form of fear of the uncertainly. You self doubt and can't seem to trust any of the process. Instead of speaking life you speak death. You have hindered me and been a stumbling block that can not longer than in my way.
So I see what you’re doing and I don’t like it. I will not longer accept it anymore. You have tried to hold me back for way too long and I wont live like this anymore. I have more confidence and wisdom then you think. I am strong. Yes, I know that you’re afraid of change, fearful of the uncertainty and scared to get out of your comfort zone and take risk. I understand that you are used to having it your way and thinking you had life all planned out but this time is a lot different. This time I can not reply on you but must trust the process. I am in the fight of my life and you help has not been very helpful. You’re afraid of what will happen if I succeed. But what you have to understand is that whatever happens in my life will work out for my good. God has a perfect plan for my life and His word can not and will not return void. I was put here on earth for a purpose and you are keeping me from fulfilling that potential. There are other people out in this world that needs me. The universe is waiting for me to show up and show out. There is much more to me then what people see and even what I see. I want to achieve greatness by using the gifts God has given me and being the woman He created me to be. Until now you have tried to hold me back, keep me stagnant and sabotage my greatness. I will no longer allow you to stop my progress in living my ideal life. Jesus came so that I can have life and have it more abundantly. So the next time I see you, I will simply give you a nod, chuck up the duces and go on about my business. I can no longer entertain you and keep you in my midst. Either get on board or get off this ship. I am sailing to greater heights, new territory, places unknown and exceedingly and abundantly above all I could ask or think. It’s been nice knowing you, but now it’s time that we part ways.
New and Improved
Destiny Seeker and Purpose Chaser