Quieting the lizard brain
How can I explain the never-ending irrationality of human behavior?
We say we want one thing, then we do another. We say we want to be successful but we sabotage the job interview. We say we want a product to come to market, but we sandbag the shipping schedule. We say we want to be thin but we eat too much. We say we want to be smart but we skip class or don’t read that book the boss lent us.
The contradictions never end. When someone shows up and acts without contradiction, we’re amazed. When an athlete just does the sport, or when a writer just writes the words, we can’t help but watch, astonished at the purity of their actions. Why is it so difficult to do what we say we’re going to do?
Last year – I found myself sometimes calling meetings because I was scared of what would happen if I just went ahead and didn’t something, and sometimes I found myself berated because I did things (which turned out great) without calling those meetings.
I think in the end – my impression is that if you believe in it, it’s better to just do it, and then deal with what happens as it goes on. As long as it’s not contradictory to what you’re there to do, and it’s consistent with what you stand for / want it’s going to be good (even if it’s not successful).
So… just do it! 🙂