We all have been there, you go to sleep at night with fresh ambition for the morning and tell yourself that you will finally get up onetime and exercise or make a healthy breakfast/get to work on time. Whatever your bad habit is tomorrow holds all of the answers and you promise yourself that this time, you’ll get up and do the healthy thing. Only for the alarm to go off and inevitably you hit snooze, lag behind and end up the same anxious, tired and stressed out self you usually are, sound familiar?
This had been my life for a really long time, I promised myself “tomorrow” one million times and either I wouldn’t do the work, or I would do it inconsistently and go back to my old, lazy couch potato ways. This was infuriating and I felt like I had to be the laziest person in the world. Only, I wasn’t, I knew I was capable of doing hard things-after all I used to be a substance abuse counselor for Parolees and I graduated college with undiagnosed case of dyslexia. Being challenged was not a problem for me–so why couldn’t I change and get healthier?
The reason has to do with your brain stem or what HCI (health coach institute) calls your Critter Brain. This is where your primal instincts originate from and it has kept us alive as a species for millions of years. Your Critter brain’s job is to constantly record and make meaning of the neural system and assess risk vs. safety. So it seeks out danger and alerts you to stay far away or you’re going to die. Your critter brain tells you that that which is survivable is repeatable. So when you have a horrible habit or drinking a six pack of beer on the weekend and eating all of the pizza, your brain sees this as a survivable habit and when you say “instead I’m going to take up mountain biking to be healthier” your critter brain will see this as change, change is scary and will lead to death. THIS IS WHY YOU CAN’T STICK TO A NEW GOAL, your critter brain is attempting to keep you safe.
You may be wondering “coach Mal, how is getting healthier a danger” well it all comes down to keeping you safe, loved and a sen
Now it is your job to override this danger signal `