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The games our mind plays with us


The games our mind plays with us 

Foto: My son climbing a vertical wall – success in mind over body IMAG1371

Whether you think you can or you can’t do something, you are correct. That is the sometimes nasty game our mind plays with us. How often do you catch yourself worrying or being outright afraid to do something? This fear can be perceived or real, but our brain makes no difference. The results can be devastating to our self-esteem and thus result in a bit of misery.

This is where our brains try protecting us with the instinct of the lizard brain. It’s the ancient instinct of letting us fight, freeze, or flee. Case in point was my son wanting to go vertical wall climbing. The moment he stood there wearing the safety harness and looking up the 40 foot tall rock climbing wall he froze. “I cannot do this”, he proclaimed. The two attendees then carefully asked him a few questions and then encouraged him to go for it. They also provided guidance where and how to place hands and feet and would you not guess it: He made it all the way to the top. It was the first time that he accomplished this. His self-esteem went through the roof and the photo taken shortly after the descend barely does justice of how ecstatic he was.

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If what we are afraid of is not a real danger there is a choice you and your brain can make: Stop what you are doing and let your mind win over your body. That means that you need to look at your thoughts at that moment. Change from fight, freeze, or flee straight to a more constructive thought pattern. Ask yourself what the worst case really is. Is it really going to be that bad? Will you regret from here on out if you don’t do this?

How you feel about yourself is much more in YOUR control than what you may believe now. Your choice is indeed your choice. Make room for some time before you let your instincts win over your destiny. It’s easier than you think and remember that no matter how you decide your brain is always right.

Ralf

A little known fact about habits


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Foto: Bad habits can bring you to tears

Habits are like a warm bed. It’s easy to get into and tough to get out of. This you may have heard about plenty of times. What folks typically do not realize about habits is that they usually do not start with THOUGHT. You don’t become the thing you THINK about all the time. You become the thing you DO all the time. This DOING eventually turns into long lasting habits that are tough to fight.

Habits are so tough because our brilliant brain plays a huge trick on us. It suggests that we always have a CHOICE. We can choose to do something about the habit any moment. So when the habit we want to change comes about, guess what happens? “There is always tomorrow”, your brain tells you. Tada! You are slipping straight back into the habit.

So here it is important to be “in the moment”. Make a difference in the moment, the here and now. Pushing this off to another day only delays your success in life.

Ralf

What kind of a legacy do you want to leave behind?


What kind of a legacy do you want to leave behind? IMAG1134

How about these folks? That’s a legacy!

Foto credit: Ralf Weiser

Do you want to be remembered tomorrow? Then don’t forget to do something great today. Too simple for you? Think about it. How much time do you spend on TV, on the couch, in front of the computer, gossiping, cruising around, etc. etc.

Time is slipping away from under your bum and every minute that you give in to the mind numbing things you surround yourself with prevents you from doing something great.

Something great is a simple as helping a neighbor with cleaning up his backyard, helping your kids with homework, volunteering with the fire company, writing a blog, looking for a new career, and so much more.

No statue has ever been erected for bums, folks who watched the most TV, skeptics, critics, pessimists. So go ahead and switch off all the worthless distractions and just scan for something that will help others. It’s the first step in folks remembering you for a long time to come. That will be your legacy!

Ralf

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