All changes, even positive ones, are scary. We must always keep this premise in mind before getting involved in any new project. Being aware of it will help us overcome it. Using radical or revolutionary ways to achieve our goals often fails because they increase fear. However, the small steps of the Kaizen disarm the cerebral response to fear and stimulate both rational thinking and creative play. Read on if you want to know how a small step can change your life.
Did you know that we have 3 types of brain?
Currently, we have three separate brains. One of them is called the reptilian brain. In fact, its appearance resembles the shape of an alligator. Thanks to him we wake up in the morning, he sends us to sleep at night and reminds our heart that it must beat. The second of these is the middle brain (midbrain), which is also known as the brain of mammals (limbic system). It is responsible for regulating the internal body temperature, harbors our emotions and governs the fight or flight reaction. The middle brain (limbic system) keeps us alive in the face of danger. Finally, we have the cerebral cortex (neocortex). It envelops the rest of the brain and is responsible for the miracle of being human. Civilization, art, science, and music reside there.
The amygdala and Kaizen method
When you want to change but experience a blockage, you can often blame the middle brain (limbic system) for being the one who puts sticks on the wheel. The middle brain (limbic system) is where you will find a structure called the amygdala, which is crucial for our survival. The amygdala is designed to warn certain parts of the body to act in the face of imminent danger.
Currently, the problem with the amygdala is that it triggers the alarm voice whenever we want to abandon our usual and safe routines. The brain is designed so that any new challenge, opportunity or desire triggers a certain level of fear. Given this fact, our access to the cerebral cortex (neocortex), the thinking part of the brain, is restricted and sometimes closed. Some lucky people are able to avoid that problem, transforming their fear into another emotion: enthusiasm. But there is another method to not wake the amygdala: the kaizen method.
Fear or stress?
Fear, what is currently known as stress, is a gift from the body. Do you know that fear alerts us to a challenge? Instead of relying on terms such as anxiety, stress or nervousness, the most successful people talk openly about being scared of their responsibilities and challenges. Fear is an important factor in any creative work.
It is important to observe how children and adults express feelings related to what we call fear, stress, anxiety or nervousness. When an adult goes to the doctor and expresses his emotional pain, they choose the words stress, depression, anxiety, nerves or tension. However, a child who talks about his feelings does so under the terms scared, sad or fearful.
Children understand that fear is something normal, something that is part of their life, that they cannot control. Adults, meanwhile, think that if they live properly they can control the events that happen around them. When fear arises, it seems that everything is wrong and, therefore, adults prefer to give them names of psychiatric diseases. If your expectation is that a well-directed life must always be orderly, you will be preparing to panic and suffer defeat.
How the Kaizen helps to overcome fear
Understanding that fear is normal and that it is a natural sign of the ambition of the human being gives us more chances of maintaining hope and optimism. These two qualities increase our willingness to take the kind of small steps that slip through fear. Small steps will generate new habits in our brains and create a mental environment that welcomes unhindered and playful creativity. Also, small questions to ourselves allow us to prevent the amygdala from waking up, so our fears will not appear. Small actions will help us calm the fears that silence our creativity.
Whether you intend to change jobs or exercise, spend less money or write a book, speak in public or negotiate successfully, meet a new person or be part of a community, all this is within the reach of a small step. The Kaizen method, which through small steps helps you achieve continuous success, can change your life. You are the owner of yourself and the Kaizen is a powerful method to achieve independent and clear objectives, as well as solve problematic behaviors. Have faith in yourself, in the power of your body and your brain. They will take you where you need to go, through small steps. Life is an opportunity for continuous improvement. Start searching for your vital improvement.