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Exaggerating the lizard brain

Exaggerate the lizard brain, the fear. Make up visualizations of embarrassment of potentially career ending moves. See the worst outcome possible, and then intensify the big failure even more.

Hyperbolizing fear reduces its preventive impact. Deliberately over-thinking about negative outcomes undermines fear. Scared becomes funny and ridiculous.

Put fear in its corner by embracing its negativity.  Give in to get out.  And then go for it.  You’ve seriously got nothing to lose.

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I just noticed these two words, “NOT NEUTRAL” on the back of my coffee cup this morning. Neutrality, or indecision, is the fear of being wrong. People that fence-sit on decisions never get anywhere and remain consistently frustrated.   Deciding is hard because it makes us accountable and it creates work. Until recently, no one wanted to tackle America’s gun problem. Now Obama appears to be taking efforts to prevent guns getting into the wrong hands: The fact that this problem is complex can no longer be an excuse for doing nothing.—President Obama The mind is a blank slate that gets filled up with excess information, social pressure, and doubt over time. There’s a reason kids just do; they haven’t yet developed the lizard brain that tells them to pause. A genius may be able to hold two contradictory views in their head at the same time but that person still has to decide. If the right answer doesn’t yet exist, make an effort to create it. Do something significant: DECIDE.
I just noticed these two words, “NOT NEUTRAL” on the back of my coffee cup this morning. Neutrality, or indecision, is the fear of being wrong. People that fence-sit on decisions never get anywhere and remain consistently frustrated.   Deciding is hard because it makes us accountable and it creates work. Until recently, no one wanted to tackle America’s gun problem. Now Obama appears to be taking efforts to prevent guns getting into the wrong hands: The fact that this problem is complex can no longer be an excuse for doing nothing.—President Obama The mind is a blank slate that gets filled up with excess information, social pressure, and doubt over time. There’s a reason kids just do; they haven’t yet developed the lizard brain that tells them to pause. A genius may be able to hold two contradictory views in their head at the same time but that person still has to decide. If the right answer doesn’t yet exist, make an effort to create it. Do something significant: DECIDE.
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Understand that the only thing between you and the success you seek in a chaotic world is a lizard that figures out that safe is risky and risky is safe.

Seth Godin

Might as well make the courageous choice and put yourself and your work out there.  Don’t be afraid to be great today.  

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Glasnost

Fred Wilson is an open blogger.  He writes skillfully about his opinions and observations and inspires me to do the same. 

the blogging revolution is more than a free publishing platform and a new model for media. It is self expression at its core. It is people being who they are, talking the way they talk, and doing it in public. (link)

In fact, it’s the honesty that makes writing easy.  

So many people say they’ll start a blog and never do.  It’s a combination of the lizard brain telling them to watch what they say and the fact that blogging takes work, if you look at that way.  It’s ironic that the people that want to blog and talk a lot are the less likeliest to do it. 

Blogs require openness and revelation.  For me, writing is an opportunity to get it out of my system.  My words are not even meant to provoke but a chance for me to be accountable for something I’m trying to put together in my head.  I want to figure it all out. 

Blogging is an undone activity.  There’s always something new to talk about and while you may have your core principles, the glut of ideas on the Internet can convince you to think otherwise.  Blogging is for the elastic brain.