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You can't think your way out of stuck

Thoughts can help shape behaviour and therefore reality. But motivation is mostly a physiological issue, not a mind issue.

The "fight, flight, or freeze" response is activated by a physiological mechanism inside the nervous system. When you are stuck in fight or flight, such as panic or racing thoughts, you are not able to think your way out.

Turning the amygdala response off is the key to motivation. The amygdala is your panic button in the brain. If your brain is perceiving a threat, it will shut down your system (procrastination) or put it in hyperarousal (motivation).

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Self-sabotage is a misnomer

The actions that destroy our plans and relationships are a suboptimal effort at self-protection.

What we call “self-sabotage” often happens because if you achieve a goal, things will need to change. All change involves some degree of loss. Any change to our status quo can trigger a threat ...

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Mental health is a physical process

Mental health is a physical process

"Mental" health has very little to do with our minds. A nervous system stuck in a fight, flight, or freeze response will show the exact symptoms as clinical depression or pathological anxiety.

The nervous system is not an illness or disorder. It is doing exactly what it is designed ...

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All behavior is functional

All behavior is functional

Not all behaviour is acceptable, but all behaviour is functional. Behaviour modification without understanding behaviour will almost always make us inert.

You don't need to make giant behavioural transformations to get unstuck-getting unstuck requires tiny micro-shi...

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We need anxiety

We need anxiety

Anxiety is a roadmap that points us to a real or imagined threat, pain from the past or something in the present that needs our attention.

While anxiety can be debilitating and must be managed, we need it. If we disable or mute our anxiety indicators, we wo...

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Panic And The Autonomic Nervous System (ANS)

The Autonomic Nervous System (ANS) region of the brain is activated during a panic attack, and two opposing components get to work as needed:

  1. The Sympathetic Nervous System: Releases adrenaline and other hormones to help with the ‘fight or flight’ re...

The body's response

The body's response

A perceived threat may activate the body's physiological "fight or flight" response, similar to what your body would do if you're near a tiger. Your heart starts racing and pumping blood, so your muscles have the fuel to run or fight. 

Panic attacks are relati...

Depression Starts with Immobilization

Depression Starts with Immobilization

Our autonomic nervous system is constantly scanning our internal and external environment for signs of danger. If it detects a threat, its next strategy is the fight or flight response which we often feel as anxiety.

Sometimes the threat is so bad or goes on for so long, that the nervous ...

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