Defeat The Lizard
It’s easy to give up. We all do it. No one is perfect and that’s okay. What’s not okay is when you quit something, you know is right, before giving yourself a chance. You quit because of that little voice telling you to “sit down, shut up, and play it safe.” Yesterday we talked about who that little voice is (the Lizard Brain.) Today we’re going to talk about how to defeat it.
Prior to writing this post, my Lizard Brain was in full swing. “Joe, who the hell do you think you are? No one cares about what you have to say and your strategies suck.” Ouch.
But here I am and this is how I overcame my Lizard Brain.
Imagine the worst-case scenario
What’s the worst thing that’s going to happen? If you continue to follow along, you’ll read that phrase quite often. I stole it from Tim Ferriss’s “fear setting” exercise and it’s one of the best tools I have.
This allows your brain to live out your worst fears. Once completed you can either step back and say “Wow. That wasn’t so bad.” OR “Oh. I might die. Maybe I should rethink jumping off this cliff.”
In my case, either no one reads this or someone does (thanks!), hates it’s (oh…), and leaves a scathing review (ouch.) I can live with that.
Use a time constraint
Next, put a time constraint on whatever you’re doing. Your Lizard Brain is persistent. Just because you defeated it once doesn’t mean it’s gone forever. It’ll relentlessly poke you until you’re back to square one.
Ship your task before that happens. I give myself an hour to write this post. At the end of the hour, I ship whatever I have. Good, bad, or otherwise.
If you’re true to your deadline, the Lizard will back off and let you do your work.
If all else fails, just start. Get over the hump and your momentum will carry you forward.
Published February 26, 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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