Beware of the Lizard
On Day 1 I mentioned the little voice in the back of your head saying “maybe I can do this”. Well, there’s another voice and she’s not as nice.
This voice has been around since the beginning of time. Originally a way to keep us safe. Protect us from danger. Now, a form of self-destruction. What once was a vehicle propelling us forward is now a brick wall standing in our way.
This voice I am talking about is commonly referred to as “The Lizard Brain”. It’s the voice saying “you’re an idiot. No one cares about what you have to say. Go back to sleep and forget about this crazy idea of yours. Be safe.”
Be Safe. Such a simple phrase, yet at the same time, I believe it’s the main driver of depression across our country. Now, I’m not saying the next time you’re two sheet to the wind go hop in the car or lick the subway pole because you’ve always been curious. There’s a difference between safety and stupidity.
Take the Risk
What I’m saying is, too many times we as a society choose the safer option when in reality taking the risk is exactly what we need. If you’re unhappy at your job, that’s okay. Recognize it and instead of being safe and sticking with the status quo, take a risk.
Go update your resume and put yourself in the uncomfortable situation of applying and interviewing. Go explore that idea that’s been floating around in the back of your head. What’s the worst that’s going to happen?
Tomorrow I’ll talk about the strategies I use to overcome my Lizard Brain. Until then, beware of the lizard.
Published February 25, 2021
About the author
Hi, I’m Joe Webber. I write a daily blog to remind myself of where I want to go and the steps needed to get there.
In 2017, after failing out of college and 10 years of aimlessly floating along, I woke up and realized there was more to life than just going through the motions.
Since then, I’ve been on a relentless pursuit to ditch average and live a life worth talking about.
I write about my wins and losses so others can avoid my mistakes. I hope you’ll follow along:
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