Saturday, October 12, 2013

Overcome Challenges Easier

Working memory model
Working memory model (Wikipedia)
by Jill Ammon-Wexler

Every decision you make is NOT a decision about what to do.

It is a decision about basically who you are. When you understand this everything changes.

You begin to see life in a new way and each situation becomes an opportunity to expand yourself.

At one time or another most of us have experienced feeling somehow stuck in our lives and uncertain of what to do. This can be very frustrating and unsettling.

The problem we face in such a situation is this: How can you move forward when you feel unclear about what to do? Admittedly, such a lack of clarity can cause some pretty extreme stress.

Then stress adds fuel to the fire, because it is the exact opposite brain state required to create a solution. So you find yourself on a seesaw - stressed and feeling stuck - but still knowing you need to DO something.

Your Brain in Action

You have bumped up against your brain struggling to deal with an overload. When life is easy our brains function so smoothly we rarely pay attention to what is happening inside our skull.

We primarily operate on an unconscious level as our brain automatically directs our thoughts and actions 95 percent of the time.

Introduce a complex situation with no clear solution and we begin to feel anxious. Your brain is whirling around trying to choose from the possible answers to a problem. But suddenly your mental screen just goes blank and you feel utterly and totally confused.

Working Memory Overload

What just happened? You overloaded a function of your brain called the working memory. Your working memory is a temporary workspace that lets you hold your possible solutions in mind while you analyze one at a time.

However your working memory has limited storage, and is prone to overload if you are stressed or anxious. In such a situation it can go blank - just like overloading a fuse in your home electrical system.

The Solution

So what can you do if you feel stressed, confused and uncertain? The only way out of a mind freeze is to choose from among your possible solutions and take action.

Emotion and thinking are closely tied together. Your emotions tell you how important something is to you. They are tied to motivation, since they actually pave the way for our actions.

So getting clear requires cutting through your emotions and putting some clearly focused attention on the problem at hand. Start with an analytical definition of exactly what the problem is.

Balance your choices using focused attention and truthful analysis of the situation you face. The brain naturally focuses on one thing at a time - avoid the confusion of multi-tasking from one solution to the other in an endless circle.

Really dig into each possible solution one at a time. Write down your possible solutions and note the pros and cons of each.

Finally weigh the pros and cons of your possible solutions and identify what seems to be the most promising solution.

Take Action

The challenge you might now face is: How can I take action without knowing for sure this is the best thing to do? This may involve just taking a small step in what seems to be the best direction, whether or not you feel certain your choice is the right choice.

There is great power in action. Movement in any direction will break your mind free from the cement of indecision. Your action will provide new information and experiences. And since life is so totally unpredictable, who knows how your situation will change once you get into motion.

Even if you make the wrong choice, at least you will break free of the painful, mind-numbing cement of indecision and come to more clarity.

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