One common response we get from people after we help them to see their Lizard Brain is “Thank you for making me aware of my Lizard Brain…now how do I get rid of it?” The surprising answer we give people is "You can't kill the Lizard Brain -- nor would you want to.” And we're serious -- the Lizard Brain does some amazing things for us.
I haven’t slept well lately. Have you? As many of you now know, getting good rest is a huge part of living with a stilled lizard brain. And when our lizard brains cool down we are able to live a much fuller, much richer life.
For those of you out there who have been to one of our workshops lately, you will notice that we focus quite a bit on the idea of making and breaking habits. One funny thing about “breaking” habits is that it is actually a bit of a misnomer. Once the brain has habituated something, the neural pathway exists in your brain for the remainder of your days. So, really, there is no breaking of a habit but only the start of a new one.
We all have things in our head that we want to do for the first time. We want to start really getting healthy for the first time or commit to reading a book a month or start making more sales calls. We have clients right now that want to start a marketing database or desire starting to get 8 hours of sleep a night, deepen certain relationships, or maybe even go skydiving for the first time. Logically, we know that we should begin some of these things, and there is even a part of us that desires to start some of these things but yet, simply put, we don’t.
Today was not an easy day. Good things happened today, but it was not easy. Here’s the story:
Exactly a half a century ago, The Byrds made famous a song written by Pete Seeger called “Turn, Turn, Turn.” If you are humming that melody in your head as you read this, it may say something about your age.*
As Steve wrote last week, we’ve been thinking a lot lately about the concept of “risk” in our work. And so, as Rewire’s “R&D Fonzi” (my unofficial title), I get to plow headfirst into whatever I can get my hands on that will help individuals and teams understand how risk is impacting their work. I’ve gotten to spend hours and hours reading and thinking about things like judgement heuristics, game theory, prospect theory, etc. Eventually, I’ll bring my findings to the team and we’ll construct training workshops, team-building exercises, and tools for clients to use in order to turn a specific approach to risk into a competitive advantage for their work.
Rewire has been on a tear lately getting the concepts of “Lizard Brain Control” into the hands of many in this first quarter. It’s been incredibly rewarding to watch people’s minds shift as we work with them in sessions. Learning the ongoing lesson of how to effectively understand and subsequently control this part of your brain called the Lizard Brain is proving for many to be nothing short of life-changing.
For the past few years, we here at Rewire have been working with people around the concept of change. Organizational change, marketplace change, personal change, circumstantial change…you get the idea.
A few months ago, we published an article about not quitting something that you start. This article detailed one man’s amazing quest to finish an Iron Man race that he started even though the odds were thoroughly stacked against him. As we learn about how others persevere through challenges, we can gain insight into ourselves and how we may develop similar perseverance. From the feedback we received on this article, we gleaned that the idea of “not quitting” resonated with many of you.
Have you ever had a sequence of events happen around you that are so insane that it makes you consider how life exists on planet earth? I am so very sorry that Gary Larson (the famous Farside cartoonist) hung up his hat because we so desperately need his sense of humor in our lives at moments like this.
What a year it has been!
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I want to tell you a story. Actually, “story” might be the wrong the word. “Confession” is more like it. I received some tough news recently in the form of a rejection. And since one of our convictions here at Rewire is to practice what we preach, I have had to examine my own thinking in the face of receiving difficult news.