Day #805:Fear, The Lizard Brain and Why We Never Achieve Our Dreams

Why don’t we follow our dreams?

Simple answer, we believe our fears more than we believe in our dreams.

Your Lizard brain does a better job at keeping you from moving forward and doing the difficult things required to achieve your dreams than you do at pushing hard for your dream. The Lizard brain doesn’t mean any harm though, in fact, it is protecting us. The Lizard Brain is also known as the limbic system.

In 1954, the limbic cortex was described by neuroanatomists. Since that time, the limbic system of the brain has been implicated as the seat of emotion, addiction, mood, and lots of other mental and emotional processes. It is the part of the brain that is phylogenetic ally very primitive. Many people call it “The Lizard Brain” because the limbic system is about all a lizard has for brain function. It is in charge of fight, flight, feeding, fear, freezing-up, and fornication.

Seth Godin describes the Lizard brain this way:

‘The lizard brain is hungry, scared, angry, and horny. The lizard brain only wants to eat and be safe.The lizard brain will fight (to the death) if it has to, but would rather run away. It likes a vendetta and has no trouble getting angry. The lizard brain cares what everyone else thinks, because status in the tribe is essential to its survival.

The lizard brain is not merely a concept. It’s real, and it’s living on the top of your spine, fighting for your survival. But, of course, survival and success are not the same thing.

The lizard brain is the reason you’re afraid, the reason you don’t do all the art you can, the reason you don’t ship when you can. The lizard brain is the source of the resistance.”
The Lizard brain is the reason that book is not written, because God forbid people don’t like it, now you look like an idiot. It is the reason you haven’t talked to your boss about that proposal that can make your company more money. ‘What if it fails’ it tells you, you become a subject of ridicule. The Lizard brain is the reason you haven’t said “I love you’, because you don’t want to look ‘weak’. Your Lizard brain is protecting you it seems. It is shielding you from your shame or greatness. It depends on which one you believe most.


One thought on “Day #805:Fear, The Lizard Brain and Why We Never Achieve Our Dreams

  1. Pingback: Day #949:”Staying Stupid Don’t think. Act.” | 1000 Days of Inspiration

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