Trust the routine

The writer, blogger, or boxer must always keep in training. The artist or athlete can’t wait for the muse to inject them with productivity serum. Routine is much more compelling than inspiration, which is fickle, comes in flashes, and rarely sticks. On the flipside of consistency, is also imperfection. The practician not only faces the […]

Managing the amygdala, the fear center of the brain

If humans didn’t have an amygdala — the two tiny almond-shaped nuclei in the temporal lobes of the brain — we wouldn’t have any fear. We wouldn’t know how to process risk, thereby letting us go hug a bear or climb the highest cliff. But we do feel fear and in most cases, we’re smart […]

Doubt your fears

Depower them. Calm them with their own doubt. Fears are the mind killer. They taunt the lizard brain into fight or flight. They thrive on ‘what if’ scenarios that haunt the imagination. There are no limits to what the mind can fabricate. But the head is psychologically safe, psychologically sound. Fright tries to wrestle with […]

Define your fears instead of your goals

Remember our rule of thumb: The more scared we are of a work or calling, the more sure we can be that we have to do it. — Steven Pressfield, The War Of Art Echoing Seth Godin, “Habits are more important than fears.” Or as Tim Ferriss says, “Define your fears instead of your goals.” […]