We all like to survive. Survival is a good thing. And humans have a hereditary self-preservation mechanism to protect our survival. But sometimes that survival mechanism actually becomes harmful to you…
Of course your self-preservation instinct is there to protect you from danger. But it does more.
It also wants to protect you from pain. It moves you away form things you perceive as painful, and moves you toward things you perceive as pleasurable. And some of those things you see as painful probably include failure, embarrassment and humiliation. And we live in a society that offers lots of opportunities for failure, embarrassment and humiliation.
Think you might fail at something? Good chance you won’t even try it. Are you afraid if you try something big you may face embarrassment or ridicule? Your self-preservation reflex may suggest to your subconscious mind that it’s a bad idea.
One of the secrets of success is doing the critical thinking and use your conscious mind to override the self-preservation mechanism of your subconscious mind to avoid pain.
So how you doing on that? Please share your results, and next post I’ll reveal the ways I do this.
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