Episode 107: Your Brain’s Resistance to Change

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We each have an infinite capacity to change and become, but our brain is not interested in that at all. In fact, our brain is super resistant to change. Your brain only wants to keep you alive in the easiest, more energy-efficient way possible. It is not interested in becoming anything. It just wants to stay the same. 

As soon as we try to change and grow, in any area of our life, our brain offers all kinds of resistance to it. Today I’m sharing some of the brain’s primary tactics that it uses to keep us the same—so that you can be aware of your brain’s natural resistance, and not let that resistance keep you from creating all the things you really want.

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Today I talk about some of the brian’s primary tactics it uses to keep us the same. To keep us in the safest, least vulnerable place it thinks we could be. These are five of the ways our brains do this and they recently happened to me. 

1. Our brains will say, "We don’t’ really need to do this. We don’t need it. We were getting along just fine. Whatever change we are going to make, whether it’s your exercise routine or your feelings in your marriage, it’s going to take work and discomfort, and its’ not going to be easy. And your brain is going to say, "We don’t’ need to do this. It’s not that bad. We’ve done it like this for years….it’s fine."

2. Our brains will say, "Well, who do you think you are?" Whenever we go to change something in our life, first our brain says well you don’t really need it, and then when that doesn’t work, it questions our right to have it.

3. The next tactic your brain will use when it comes to changing things is, "We can do it later. We don’t’ have to do it now." It doesn’t say we’re never going to do it because we would never allow that, but it says instead, "we can always do it later."

4. The next tactic our brains might offer to change is thoughts of scarcity. Scarcity of money, time, energy, or whatever resources you are going to have to invest in order to create the change you want.

5. Finally, the thing our brains will use to keep us from change is the thought that we have to do it right. That there is a right way. And we have to make sure we do it right. So we don’t’ waste all those precious resources we just invested. 

Your brain is resistant to change. It doesn’t want you to change. It has entirely different goals than you. It’s going to tell you that you don’t need to, you aren’t that kind of person, you can do it later, you shouldn’t spend time and money and energy on it, and you might do it all wrong. But none of that is true. 

Listen to today's episode to find out how to overcome these thoughts that your brain offers you to hold you back. 


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