Did you ever make a decision that ripped your guts out?
Does this sound familiar? You make a decision that looks good, sounds good, feels good. And your life or small business seems to be doing fine . . . until the bottom suddenly drops out.
You look back and wonder how you didn’t see that coming.
It reminds me of this quote:
Wisdom is the ability to make good decisions.
Wisdom comes from experience.
Experience comes from making bad decisions.
Experience is a great teacher, but she charges outrageous tuition rates.
You may not yet be aware of this fact: you’re not in control of your decisions as much as you think.
According to psychologists, who study such things, you and I live 9 minutes out of every 10 on autopilot. Your habits determine what you do, how you think and the success or failure you get.
And you know the battle you face when you try to change a habit, don’t you? It’s because your “lizard brain” thinks every habit (even bad ones) are critical for your survival. Your subconscious brain feels like you may die if you tinker around with your habits.
Your “lizard brain” wins every time
You may already have realized I’m a self-improvement fanatic. Tony Robbins, Zig Ziglar, and a host of less-famous gurus are on my bookshelves and audio playlists. I looked at NLP, affirmations, goal setting and I forget what all else and ended up the same old me. I ate the self-help buffet and did next to nothing to change my life.
Getting your “inner lizard” on your side
One book changed all that for me a few years ago. I started getting traction. I made real changes in my life. I broke my habit of being myself . . . which happens to be the book title that sparked my success. Breaking the Habit of Being Yourself: How to Lose Your Mind and Create a New One (affiliate link), by Dr. Joe Dispenza. He is the chiropractor featured in the movie, What the Bleep Do We Know. Dr. Dispenza explains how your habits run on electrical and chemical superhighways in your body. Your body freezes out your “higher thoughts” when you try to change a habit.
Inside Out Business Success comes from what I learned in this book. Now, when I look back on my life in our small business I see how much better I could have been had I broken my ingrained habit of being myself–my unconscious self. Dr. Dispenza gives doable methods to get your “lizard brain” (the subconscious) pulling for you rather than fighting you.
Warning: Results may not be typical
Yes, the infomercials have to say this line. But I’ve recommended books to friends before and they didn’t get why I raved so much. They went “mehh.”
I should warn you that this book has a lot of science included. Not the stale, academic-research kind of science. But more of, here’s-how-the-brain-works science. You’ll also get practical steps to apply this science to make real changes.
Just remember: your results may vary.
Click here if you’d like to check it out. (FYI, this is an affiliate link. You pay the same, but Amazon give me a few pennies for sending you.)
PS: Next time I’ll tell you something I found that turned my idea of success upside down.