Your Primal Brain is Scaring the Shit Out of You

We are unable to rely on ourselves. Or to be more precise,

We don’t believe we can rely on ourselves.

It’s all based on the narrative that our brain has concocted for us. Lucky for us, narratives we tell ourselves can change

In fact, it’s easy to rely on ourselves. That you can do that thing that you’ve always wanted to do.

That you can start that business venture. 
That you can start a portfolio of the work you’ve been working on in your 5–9. 
That you can start a blog. 
That you can go back to school. 
That you can volunteer to do a project at work to boost sales. 
That you can change careers.

What is holding us back is fear. The primal part of our brain doesn’t like pain, it likes survival. That part of the brain doesn’t care about anything else.

The primal brain’s mission is to make you survive. In other words, to not fail. The primal brain sees two options.

  1. You can’t fail.
  2. You can fail.

But those options are actually these ones:

  1. You don’t try, and you don’t fail.
  2. You try. And you learn something. Or you succeed.

References: 
Debbie Millman Podcast with Seth Godin

This post was originally written for www.marcuswong.ninja where I write about lessons from books, and generally anything that helps me kick ass in life.