Before you answer, let me tell you what the research says: YOU ARE.
Unless you are making a concerted effort to live every day of your life with intention, you are falling victim to the power of your primal brain.
Most likely, you are going through your day, reacting to things as they occur. Making decisions based on preprogrammed information, stories you have created in your mind.
Living life on auto-pilot helps your brain conserve energy because it doesn’t have to work so hard. The brain LOVES structure and routine because it’s familiar and safe. And your primal brain’s primary job is to keep you safe. So…good job, primal brain!
If you decide to break out of your comfort zone, your primal brain will be sure to send you all kinds of warning signs. Abort mission! Danger ahead! However, knowing these warning signs are designed to protect you can actually help you move forward. You can acknowledge them for what they are: a protective mechanism. Some suggest even having a little chat with your primal brain. It may go a little something like this: “Thanks, primal brain, for keeping me safe. But I’ve got this! Your job here is done. I’m going to use my prefrontal cortex now, to continue moving ahead, out of auto-pilot and toward my goal!”
Thankfully, as humans, we have access to another part of our brains that helps us rationalize, plan, and strategize. It’s called the prefrontal cortex, and it’s the part of our brain that allows us to question our preprogrammed thoughts, to challenge our habitual thinking and doing.
Now, my question to you is this: if you continue living the way you’ve always lived, if you keep playing it safe, what opportunities will you miss out on? What goals won’t you reach? Or even set for yourself? Will you continue to settle for an “OK” life when deep down you know something greater is possible?
If you’d like some help deciding what changes you’d like to make or someone to help keep you accountable, I’m your gal. Reach out to me any way you’d like. Facebook, Instagram, email, phone. Let’s connect!