Using your Brain’s Power to Find Obstacles to your Advantage

Did you know that the brain’s main purpose is to protect you from danger? If you think about it, early mankind had to be constantly alert for danger to stay alive. Our brains evolved to always be on the lookout for danger. Have you ever noticed that it’s much easier to think of all the bad things that might happen rather than envisioning all the positive? But, here’s the catch. The brain doesn’t care whether these obstacles that we’ve brought up are true or not. It just knows that you’ve repeated it so many times that the probability of this obstacle is very high.

Why not use this power to easily find obstacles to our advantage? When setting any goal, your brain automatically throws up all the reasons why you can’t do it. I don’t have time, I don’t have the resources, yada yada yada. Rather than fighting these thoughts, why not ask ourselves “how can I overcome this obstacle?”.

Isn’t this what we do when we are playing sports? We look at the other team as an obstacle that we need to overcome in order to score goals and win the game. Shouldn’t we treat our own hopes and dreams the same way?

Try this my friends. Come up with a goal then sit back and let your brain go to town with all the reasons why you can’t do it. Write them down. Pick one and figure out a plan to overcome it and then put that plan into action. I assure you that you will get closer to your goal then if you did nothing.

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