It’s normal to experience unease during intense times. Fear is wired into us to keep us safe from danger. Without balanced thinking, fear can overwhelm our ability to make smart, conscious decisions.
When your primal brain is engaged, which is responsible for survival (the sympathetic response), your frontal cortex — which is responsible for impulse control and reasoning — is not working much unless you have developed it to do so.
And with the global upheaval created by coronavirus pandemic — even if you’ve escaped immediate physical danger — the encompassing uncertainty may be triggering survival mode thinking. …
How ultra-successful CEOs, athletes, and entrepreneurs avoid mental traps for unparalleled success
Our brains are evolutionarily hardwired to make connections, draw conclusions, and reason. But until we learn how, it’s hard to fully understand and properly harness the innate brilliance of our thinking.
Although your mind is a powerful tool, subconscious reasoning and clogged cognitive filters can deceptively drive you in the wrong direction. Much of our inner wiring was developed to help us survive as cavemen, and plenty of that can be misleading in the modern business age.
What separates conscious, unstoppable leaders from the rest of the pack is that they’re able to recognize their cognitive blindspots, and untie those mental tethers for unrivaled success. …
During these unprecedented times, it’s normal to experience unease. Fear is what keeps us safe from danger. However, it’s vital to not let fear hijack your brain and overwhelm your conscious decision-making.
When fear triggers, it’s important to understand the trigger. Realize that the fear response is almost entirely autonomic: We don’t consciously trigger it. The fear that is activated when we sense deadly danger is also spurred by uncertainty. Our personal filters play a significant role in our response to fear.
The simple solution to avoid triggering is to stay present, use consciousness and discern the level of danger that is at hand. Our experience and filters of what we determine are safe or not have a huge play in our response to fear. …