In last week’s Friday with Heidi I shared with you what neuro-scientists have discovered makes our brains (and therefore us) truly happy.
One of the things that lights up the parts of the brain for positivity is decision making.
“Making decisions includes creating intentions and setting goals — all three are part of the same neural circuitry and engage the prefrontal cortex in a positive way, reducing worry and anxiety. Making decisions also helps overcome striatum activity, which usually pulls you toward negative impulses and routines. Finally, making decisions changes your perception of the world — finding solutions to your problems and calming the limbic system.” Eric Barker, Barking Up The Wrong Tree
When you’re worrying about something or overwhelmed with indecision it preoccupies every thought and moment. It will lead you to base other decisions, sometimes quite unrelated, around this ‘thing’ that may not be helpful or appropriate.
For example, say you have some work problems and, as a result you’re worrying yourself so much that you go to bed later than normal because you’re distracting yourself with social media or the TV. The next day you’ll wake up more tired and in an attempt to give yourself more energy may drink more coffee or eat more chocolate or choose not to cook a fresh meal and order a takeaway instead.
Do this for long enough and you get wrapped up in a message of ‘I need to eat better‘ – not ‘I need to sort out my issues at work‘.
When you can recognise that there’s a constant message in your head that’s unhelpful it’s time to make a decision (Single D). Making the decision is great. It’s freeing, it’s empowering and it’s exciting. However unless you DO it, it’s worthless.
So once you’ve made a decision it’s time to do it (Double D) .
In the book ‘Traction’ by Gino Wickman, he talks about 36 hours of pain. When there’s a big decision to be made, there may inevitably be some backlash or discomfort following it. However it soon passes and generally you’re looking at 36 hours of pain. Which, in the grand scheme of things is very doable.
So this week. I want you to think about what your head is constantly talking to you about.
What are you constantly working on, wanting to fix, wriggling out of or blatantly ignoring?
What if this noise was gone? Imagine how you’d feel then!
What decision do you need to make and what action do you need to do to remove yourself from this Groundhog day moment?
I need you to double-D it.
Done – okay that’s triple, but that’s just being greedy!
Have a great week and let me know how you get on.