Do you fear letting go?
Maybe, like me, you’re selling a beloved home jam-packed with reminders of cherished memories from a family cookie jar, and framed art as gifts from kids you love fiercely. Oh, and did I mention this was your perfect idea of a retirement home when you hang up the spurs one day? Now suddenly, its final day captures a home I’ve grown to love – in the video below. The video’s dedicated to my darling grandchildren who with their precious parents lit up every nook and cranny with love and zip-line fun and adventures on frequent family visits.
Have you noticed how we seem to slip harder when letting go of silly things that cracked us up? I’m thinking of walking away from family and friends’ back-and-forths at an animated kitchen round table, or silly homemade sleds that carried darling kids shrieking with laughter, down hills just beyond your kitchen windows.
However you cut letting-go-demands, panic tries to paralyze the brain in ways that prevent you running ahead with life’s awe that comes custom-made for you. So instead of polishing that new jar to release your genie – you slide blindly into stress. Panic that mentally sticks you in ruts and leaves you craving what’s passed.
What if your brain could help you sidestep panic?
You may remember namungos – those fictional characters, with real brain parts! But did you know these magical characters offer real tools from your own mental stockpiles to help you let go of what is in order to live dreams that could be yours? I’m referring to treasures unwrapped and worn as priceless gems for richer lives.
Brain Based Tips to Let Go without Slips
Namungos offer 6 surefire ways to let go and leap forward ~
1. BAS stores good habits that healthy minded people build – such as regular sleep patterns. Each good habit stored becomes the practice easily retrieved as tools to see future possibilities.
With good choices, we can bypass the brain’s pack-rat basal ganglia which warehouses ruts and broken routines like squirrels stockpile nuts in winter. It’s about choice. Current comfort in BAS, or stepping into finer habits that open doors into uncharted ventures? Those aware of BAS ditch tired basal ganglia routines faster and run with new tactics that surprise with delight.
2. SERO fuels laughter at silly mistakes made along the way so that confidence is built along with expectation to do better in the next run through. SERO can be raised in several observable ways that help you at every stage to cultivate wellbeing and foster wonder with every new step.
By now – you likely know that serotonin – the brain’s wellbeing chemical – packs new zest when we laugh at our mistakes. Get others laughing too and serotonin sends its magic across an entire room.
3. PLAS literally reshapes your brain for more fun and less panic when you disrupt a tired habit with a finer upshot. How so? Watch PLAS change your brain for more fun and less panic, when you simply ask, What if…? and then act on new approaches learned. Take even one extravagant step in the direction of a risk tethered to a daring dream.
Your plasticity (the brain’s ability to change itself) reshapes after each action you risk and then do. Yes – it takes action! You grow more brainpower with each innovative move.
4. WM works in your favor when you jot down cool tips learned at each stage. Add hints and insights to show how you’ll do it later in your next step forward. Expect to forget even the best ideas, if not applied, because your working memory acts like a computer’s copy-paste file. How so?
When new facts or possibilities fly in from any novel idea encountered, your brain’s thimble sized capacity for new facts gets displaced. Outsource your working memory by creating cheat sheets of tactics you will try and then be sure to act on.
5. CORT attacks those who fail to run from vents and people who sprout them. To avoid CORT’s toxins, offer a cool proposal and help to improve anything you dislike. What do vents trigger? CORT says it best.
Cortisol – the brain’s toxic stress chemical – packs a sucker punch to all when we vent, rage, regret, gloat, or nay-say. Get yourself and others proposing mental make-overs wherever you spot snags and those flawed moves will fade as cortisol decreases. The brain’s surefire path from vents to victory is to propose a possibility to resolve a problem and then try out your idea.
6. MYG leaves you emotionally stuck in untamed mode unless you amp up emotional IQ when stress strikes. Some call it taming your amygdala which is the brain’s seat of emotions. Why should you refuse to settle for an untamed MYG?
MYG stands for your amygdala – the brain’s storehouse that stockpiles every kind shout out you make for a peer, every thanks you offer a neighbor or colleague, every smile you flash to a coach or mentor! A tamed amygdala sets the stage for life-changing takeaways – that get you more bang for every emotional buck.
Ready to rock more brainpower for your next game?
Will you become one of the few who takeaway more and contribute more? If so, expect to rock electrifying opportunities that may well remain hidden unless awakened through mindfulness. How so?
Simply highlight your mental achievements with an interactive celebration of innovation where all learn and all teach for instance and engage others in disruptive innovations? My groups and grad students use the unique 10-step mutual mentoring process to ensure namungo benefits to all, regardless of their developmental levels.
Check out this brief namungo video to see mental assets namungos could bring to help transform your next letting go problem into a wilder ride possibility that benefits all concerned.
What will you do today to awaken minds and lead fresh innovations? How might a numungo or fictitious character with real brain parts, help you out?
Secondary students especially benefit from strategies that lower stress and release their personal genie! At my TpT site is a student ready resource that could boost morale and lower stress for your teens.
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