When we have a goal in life, whether it be to write a book, move house, start a new business, change careers or get married, these kinds of projects can feel overwhelming. The fight/flight part of our brain (the amygdala) can start to kick in very quickly if a project feels too big and insurmountable and we can begin to feel anxious. According to Professor Steve Peters, author of the mind management book The Chimp Paradox, this survival part of your brain is your ‘chimp’. Your chimp is like a screaming child that tells you everything that’s likely to go wrong. This part needs to be settled, otherwise it will be a constant distraction and will sabotage your attempts to make progress and move forward on your project. So what do we do to settle this primitive part of our brain?
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