My lizard brain was on high alert this morning.
The lizard brain doesn’t think. It is the oldest most primitive part of the human brain. It’s concerned with nothing but survival, anger, and fear. Because of this it always, always looks for a way to maintain the status quo.
Change terrifies the lizard. Something dangerous could happen, people could laugh, I could fail, the lizard won’t allow that. It will try to make sure that I never take risks, never try anything new, any actions that could put me in danger physically, mentally, or emotionally.
The Lizard is the part of the human brain that says it’s safer to fail small than to risk failing big.
You see, I’ve started working out. It’s been three months now of slowly building strength, scheduling workouts, and actually showing up for them. My higher brain knows that the circumstances are different, I’ve found a great group of people online to support me, I have trainers that understand my limitations and help me challenge myself within them,
The Lizard Doesn’t Care
So she makes me afraid.
- Afraid that I’ll fail because I want it so much.
- Afraid that I won’t keep up with the other people in the class.
- Afraid that I’ll hurt myself and end up back on the sofa
She jumps and growls every time I book a class. She wakes me up during the night with a million justifiable reasons for cancelling. Anything to prevent the change, prevent the pain of possibly failing.
Well, it’s not going to work—not today.
Today I got up, showed up, and sweated along with my friends.
My instructor modified the exercises that I needed modified, encouraged and corrected when I needed it. 30 minutes of core work (Oh, the sit-ups!) down before 10am on a Saturday.
Not Today – Lizard – Not Today!
Not Today Lizard Brain …. Not Today!