Does your croc brain have control of you?
My sons team was playing Rugby on the weekend and as is the case with most games one or two of the boys noticed some pretty big boys on the other team.
It didn’t take long before most of the boys were talking about “how they can’t be the same age” and “how are we supposed to lay against that”
The croc brain had taken control and with it fear had set in. There were a few who took control of their croc brain and stepped up to be counted in the game but for most the game was lost before it even began.
Our croc brain is the oldest part of our brain it gives us our fight or flight response and our rational brain has no chance against it once It has flexed its muscle.
Before you can deal with any situation logically or rationally your croc brain is the first to assess things. Is this situation time for fight or flight? If your croc brain is overwhelmed by the situation then there is little the rational or logical part of the brain can do about it.
In rugby or any sport there is always a reason why victory is NOT achievable. The opposition are too big, too fast, too tall, too short it is easy to make these sorts of excuses, they can be found easily and justified even quicker.
This is the same for challenges in our lives, in goals that we aspire to achieve, there is always a reason why it can’t be done, why we are doomed for failure. This reasoning seems far easier for us to manifest than the reasons why it would work, why it can’t fail.
My sons team and most sports teams need to learn to work together, to support each other to be there for each other and the coach is there to provide that guidance and support and to develop their skills and provide confidence so that they can overcome adversity and they can rise to the occasion if they allow it.
You can too, but you need to control your croc brain and the best way to do that is to have people around you who support you, develop your skills and stay confident.