Wednesday, February 27, 2013

Brain research helps overcome fear

12 Ways Your Brain May Be Tricking You is an interesting article found at Steal These Secrets so I thought I would share some of the ways you may be fooled by your brain.

Your mind may be playing tricks on you in several ways, deceiving you into believing things are one way when they really aren’t. Oftentimes when the mind does this it is a sort of defense mechanism to protect our own egos. Egos can be fragile things and there are many things that can put cracks into our feelings of confidence. Understanding your own flaws is important in life though, because in order to move forward and be successful you need to be able to learn from your mistakes. If you can learn to recognize these twelve tricks that your brain can play on you, then you can deal with the reality of a situation and come out a better person for it.

1. If I only had this one thing everything would be better!

Sometimes we can start to think that everything will fall into place once we get that one thing that has eluded. 

2,  I wish I didn’t have so much to do…

Most are guilty of thinking this one from time to time. Human minds tend to float to thinking about how great a leisurely life filled with relaxation would be. 

3. I hope things never change.

You think you like things exactly the way that they are, and never want things to have to change. This could be true because some people have really good lives. 

4. So and so is always screwing me up, it’s all their fault!

The mind tries to shield our own egos sometimes by casting the blame off for things on others. This is a defense mechanism designed to keep us from feeling bad about ourselves when we make a mistake

5. I need to figure out if there is some sort of secret to being successful.

Oftentimes our minds think there has to be some trick to being successful. It seems like there must be a magic bullet out there that can turn people’s lives from rags to riches. The fact of the matter is that there are no shortcuts to take on the road to success.

6. It’s scary out there, so I think I’ll stay inside.

This can be a common one, even though many do not want to admit it. The world is indeed a scary place. It is full of bad things that can harm a person and ruin their lives.

7. I probably shouldn’t do this, but it’s only one more!

This line of thinking can lead to a lot of bad behavior in life. Learning to limit your intake of foods and other such things can be a difficult task for some.

8. I’m going to avoid this because I don’t like it.

Avoiding things that you do not like doing isn’t a positive thing all the time. A lot of the times the things we want to avoid doing can be quite important. 

9. I’ll decide on this later…

Putting off decision is a way our mind tries to deal with not wanting to make difficult decisions. When a difficult decision crosses your path it can be nerve wracking, but putting things off won’t help you to avoid consequences.

10. It’s too late! If it was going to happen then it should have happened by now.

This can be a common misconception our minds try to throw our way. Sometimes when you have been pursuing something for a long time and it hasn’t happened yet you start to question yourself. 

11. You have to be lucky to fulfill your dreams.

This line of thinking can come from a bitter spirit. Luck usually has nothing to do with fulfilling a dream

12. There’s no way I could ever do that.

Our final trick that our mind plays on us is probably the worst of them all. When we are afraid to give something a shot our minds will try to tell us ways that make something impossible for us to succeed at certain things. You could be thinking something like “there is no way I could ever run my own business” or “I do not have what it takes to get my Master’s degree.” The self-doubt that has been created in your mind serves only to hold you back.
Of course you will never be able to do those things if you don’t believe in yourself! Confidence goes a long ways towards making difficult tasks seem doable. You need to cast aside the fear of failure if you intend to do great things. If you are committed to doing something, then you can find a way to get it done. You can better yourself as a human being until you have reached the point you need to be at. Don’t let your mind trick you into thinking you are not able.

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