Change can be hard.
Because you hate to be uncomfortable.
Building your career will include hustle, growth, excitement, and failure.
At some point, we slide into complacency.
More change feels hard.
But getting comfortable with the uncomfortable is where you’ll find growth.
Your brain loves to stay safe. It wants to keep you comfortable and save energy.
Our brains used to keep us safe from saber-tooth cats, and now it wants to keep us safe from an email.
You get the email. You feel a tightening in your chest. It feels intense.
But that’s just your hormones pumping through your body.
It’s just a sensation. It’s not an emergency.
It’s hard for your brain to hold a helpful thought while it experiences the rush of hormones.
Here’s how to calm the intense physical sensations so you can get back to strategic thinking
- Drop into your body. Where do you feel the intensity?
- What does the sensation feel? Give the emotion the attention it needs. It’s like a puppy scratching at your leg.
- Eventually, the sensation will dissipate. You realize it sucked, but you’re ok.
- The emotion may swell up again, and you’ll acknowledge it again.
- Give it attention, and you will, in time, get to the other side.
- With the sensation dispersed in your body, your brain can now get back to problem-solving
Hard is not an emergency.
Mindset shifts. Careers advance. Life opens up. It’s all possible.