Seth Godin is talking about businesspeople in this video, but I like it because it parallels the fear I feel before I register for a big road race. Godin talks about the difference between our human brain, where we feel inspiration to achieve new goals, and our primitive “lizard brain” that protects us from perceived harm.
When we try to set a new goal, like registering for a half marathon, our lizard brain comes up with a dozen excuses as to why we aren’t ready to make that commitment. Godin says we should not be held hostage by our lizard brain and instead take the risk and make that commitment, or, in business-speak “ship it.”
I recently practiced this when I did my first interval workout in nine months. I got injured doing intervals last spring and focused this summer on building my base for a half marathon. Winter is here and I am training again for 5K races. Intervals are a part of the training, and while my lizard brain was scared about another injury, I just "shipped it" and did the workout.
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