My get up and go….left!

by Lisa Graham on January 19, 2012

I think I jinxed myself with the last post…my to-do list got longer and my get up and go, got up and left!

I didn’t realize how much I had talked about this before but herehere and here are similar posts that talk about the battle with our brain!!  The battle with our get up and go!The Compound Effect

Sometimes I think the more we think about improving, changing, and mixing it up a bit….the more our mind does everything possible to stop us.  Well, I don’t think this….I know it!

It is a proven fact…our brain wants to keep us safe, so, it will declare an all out war against change!

We want to be healthier, or better off financially but it all requires change and that just sends our brains in to overdrive! Our brain figures…”Hmmm, we have been okay so far, why take a chance?”.

So…what do we do about it?

First, we have to realize this will happen and be prepared.

The moment we decide to get up and exercise, our brain will think of at least 100 reasons why we shouldn’t.  The moment we decide to work on a budget, our brain will Stop Saying You're Finegive us a ton of negative talk!  We know it will happen, we have to look out for it and be prepared to counteract!

Second, we need a defense!

It is great if we watch the forecast and know it is going to rain but what good is it if we don’t do anything about it?  If we don’t prepare ourselves, what is the point?

Well, the thing is….if we are sitting around and thinking of things we want to improve…there is a reason…there is something we are not thrilled about!  We have to realize that while yes, our brain wants to keep us safe from the “big, scary, mean looking change”….we can see the big picture and how the change will actually be good for us!

So our defense is seeing the big picture…..seeing 6 months from now and what the change will have done for us!  It means doing the scary even when we don’t feel like it, it means getting encouragement and help when we need it!

Two great books that totally help prepare us for our brain’s attack on change (affiliate links):

Stop Saying You’re Fine: Discover a More Powerful You

The Compound Effect

My goal for the weekend…preparing my brain for even more change! Wish me luck!

If you haven’t worked on your bucket list….get movin’!

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  • Caroline Gavin

    Thank you, Lisa, for the encouragement to embrace the uncomfortable, the unknown, the sometimes scary…in order to embrace a more beautiful future and a more powerful version of ourselves!

    • Anonymous

      Wow, is that what I said? LOL
      It is what I meant but it sounds so eloquent when you say it!!
      Thank you for your encouragement and sharing your gift of words!

      • Caroline Gavin

        And I must say “Wow” to your reply! What a compliment!!
        Thank YOU also, Lisa, for sharing your encouragement, motivation and talents with us!

        May God continue to bless you and shine through you! :)

  • Anonymous

    Thanks Ann!
    It is always nice to hear other people have been through similar experiences!
    I agree, we will probably be there again….hopefully more prepared.

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