Your mind is wonderful. And it can do terrible things to you when it wanders.
One of the smallest parts of our brains, the amygdala, is also one of the oldest parts of our brains, and it is responsible for some pretty heavy stuff: controlling basic emotions (fear, pleasure, anger) and drives (hunger, sex, dominance, care of offspring).
The amygdala is designed to be a very powerful part of our brains and it can be very convincing when left unchecked.
Fear and doubt are normal when we are extending ourselves. It is a risk, and the amygdala isn't too fond of risks.
The amygdala knows that risks can hurt us, and if we're not immediately engaged in defending ourselves (fight or flight), getting food or trying to make babies, the risk is probably a terrible idea in the amygdala's opinion.
It is extremely hard to ignore the amygdala, so, instead, why not entertain it?
Listen to the amygdala's response. Listen to all the fear and anger that come up. Listen to your past telling you that you can't or that you shouldn't. Listen.
And ask yourself:
"Is Amygy right, today?"
"If I do X, what is the the very worst that can happen? And if the very worst does happen, what will I do to fix it?"
"What will I think 10 years from now about this decision?"
The amygdala gets a lot quieter when you take a step back and practice some logical thinking.
What's logical thinking? Sequential thought.
How can you practice or understand logical thinking? Here, take a free test.
The point is, the amygdala (Ol' Amygy) can be strong... and you must be stronger. Maybe Amygy is right. But maybe it is isn't... and this is what is holding you back from joy.
Be strong. Hugs.
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