…”There’s so much amazing creativity that will surface if we stop and get off autopilot…”
How many times have you brushed off an incredible idea because you had other urgent, (quite possibly not important) other things to attend to? You know, where you have a stroke of brilliance, yet just can’t seem to see it through – or perhaps even start – because of the never-ending pressure and demands at work? Talk about a morale killer. Or maybe it’s negative self talkthat’s holding back your latest and greatest endeavor?
So often our imagination and creative thoughts are stunted by external factors, or far worse – internal thoughts, feeding our lizard brain. In reading an article where Sara Blakely (Spanx) is quoted with the above, I’m reminded of an excerpt from Seth Godin‘s book, Linchpin: Are You Indispensable?
Want to know why so many companies can’t keep up with Apple? It’s because they compromise, have meetings, work to fit in, fear the critics and generally work to appease the lizard. Meetings are just one symptom of an organization run by the lizard brain. Late launches, middle of the road products and the rationalization that goes with them are others.’
The lizard Godin mentions is a part of the brain that’s responsible for our self-sabotaging behavior: eating the donut when you’re desperately trying to lose that last 5 lbs, wanting to learn something new – but not exerting the effort, or expecting change without taking action. Our lizard brain creates difficulty executing, shipping, or actually doing what we say we’re going to do. What are some of your strategies to transcend – even if only momentarily – your lizard brain?
Get off autopilot and show us what you’ve got.