By: Guy Stein
The analytical part of your brain knows the odds of succeeding and will slow you down by:
- Lowering your goals:
Encouraging you to lower your short term goals to prevent disappointment.
- Being conservative:
Preventing you from trying new & high risk approaches as they are “doomed to fail”.
- Being all-knowing:
Pretending to know things which it doesn’t (speculations become facts) to decrease your uncomfortable state of uncertainty.
It means well that left brain of yours – it wants to protect you from disappointment, failed experiments and uncomfortable uncertainty.
However, this protection is bound to slow you down.
Illogical as it might sound, you can deal with it by overdosing on all three (disappointment, failures and uncomfortable uncertainty):
- Double your goals
Make them nearly impossible.
Do you think you can subscribe 50 users in the upcoming week? – Aim for 100!
This will rewire your brain & have a double effect.
Firstly – your analytical brain is now certain that your 100 users goal is impossible so the question “is it possible?” becomes irrelevant and with the freshly freed resources it can now ask itself “how can we make this thing possible after all?”.
Secondly – being an impossible goal it will now happily resort to the Department of New & High risk Approaches.
- Make uncertainly comfortable for you.
Let it grow on you.
The more comfortable you are with your uncertain state the more relaxed your analytical brain will be. It will stop panically asking “how do i get out of here?”; It will cease to secretly plan his escape back to Comfortville and instead it will start testing and experimenting with the bits and pieces of reality as it is – uncertain.