Why is it so hard to do the little things?
I’m talking about the little things that you know in your heart would make the difference.
Why is it so damn hard!?
Because that’s your mind’s job – to keep you safe.
It’s what your mind is responsible for. It’s designed to stop you at all costs from doing anything that might hurt you. When we were cavemen it worked great.
But we are beyond that. We are advanced. Yes, our brain is an amazing thing and is advanced in so many ways but it’s programmed from the caveman era.
It doesn’t know the difference between a sabertooth tiger chasing you vs you being afraid to talk to your boss.
Why does your brain flip the switch and go into safety mode? The mode where all those little things you know you could be doing feel so hard?
Because you have a habit of hesitating.
You hesitate when you want to speak up in a meeting.
You hesitated when you wanted to raise your hand in class.
You hesitate when you want to tell your partner how much you love them. Or, how you really feel.
You hesitate to go first.
You hesitate to ask for what you want.
You hesitate to take care of you.
That tiny moment when you hesitate is the signal to alert your brain that something is wrong.
Now your brain is on alert so it magnifies all the what if’s, the risk.
When those are magnified you pull back from doing the thing – speaking up, putting the wine down, turning away from the fridge, going to the gym, drinking the water.
This is why the little things feel so hard.
You hesitate. Then you back away from it and do what your brain has trained you to do which is usually more of the behavior you’re wanting to change because your brain knows you’re safe doing it.
You didn’t die yesterday when you did or the hundreds of times before.
Why would today be any different?
As long as you continue this cycle of hesitating today won’t be different.
Tomorrow won’t be different. Or the next day or the next or the next….
You are one decision away from a totally different life.
A totally different income.
A totally different marriage.
A totally different outcome.
You will never feel ready to do the little things.
What if you knew how to take control of the moments you hesitate?
What if you could act in a way that the little things are just things you naturally do?
If you want to feel lit the fk up and in charge of your happiness, your health, your life – stop with the BS and take action.
Say it. Do it. Be it.
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