Wiring Your Brain for Success
Current scientific research has shown that we do have areas in the brain that light up when we are motivated to succeed. But there’s more to the story — there’s also another system in the brain that is risk averse, fearful of losing anything it thinks it might have.
PLAYING TO WIN
In sports, this success can translate into playing to win… or playing not to lose. You can play all out or just cautiously, so you don’t lose any gains you made.
On the court, if you are playing too cautiously, trying to avoid any mistakes, it can end up hindering your own game and encouraging your opponent.
So too in life, we can try to protect our gains and avoid risks. Sometimes this is a wise strategy in dangerous waters. However, a life of being too safe and secure turns into nothing ventured, nothing gained.
In effect, we lose the zest for life. Holding too tightly to security and one’s comfort zone can eliminate creativity and deeper meaning. Also with risk comes reward.
PASSION OR CAUTION?
Some people are naturally more cautious. In our partnership, Jane generally is more deliberate and slower to act than Phillip.
Jane can be insightful, weighing options, which can reign in any recklessness in Phillip’s fast actions. On the other hand, Phillip can prod Jane off the over-analyzing couch.
YOUR LARGER PURPOSE
Whether you tend to be cautious or passionate (space here) (failure-avoidant or success-oriented), you still have a higher purpose.
We are all here to help ourselves and others. In order to succeed, we do need to clear blocks along the way. EFT (Emotional Freedom Techniques) is a great tool here.
It is also important to note that you want to apply your gifts and talents to help the world by taking specific action. Just to generically want “world peace” doesn’t get too far.
Developing a business or helping a group of particular people succeed, however, does uplift you and others for a greater good.
Your brain is wired to succeed as well as avoid risks. Each person has a particular inclination or balance between the passion and caution mode.
Nonetheless, we all have beautiful music inside to express. Ultimately the question, then, is whether you are playing your song yet, the one you really want to sing.
Following your heart will embrace both your brain and mind. Don’t hold back. By playing full out, you will succeed.