Day 4

Have you been a lizard lately?

Our lizard brain hasn’t changed much since our cave days

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Today was the first day my 4:00 am rise slipped a little, to just after 5:00.

The important thing to remember about setting yourself strict targets and goals is that you must still listen to what your body is telling you. This morning my body was telling me to rest a little longer. Yesterday was a huge day at work, followed by birthday celebrations with a friend. So rest a little I did.

Learning to distinguish between “I can’t be bothered” and “I need rest” takes a little time. The old brain is very clever at devising very plausible excuses as to why we “can’t” or “shouldn’t”.

Just remember that your brain is designed to protect you from ANYTHING it believes is going to hurt you … including getting up in the morning when you’d rather stay in bed. Warm and cosy under the covers, your brain figures, is much safer than outside the cave.

And yes, we’re still living with our cave brain – it hasn’t changed. Good old “lizard brain” knows there is always danger out there. So take the path of least resistance.

The truth is you know when your brain is telling you bullshit.

The other side of the coin is the “need to rest” side.

As we get older we have a pretty good handle on our body, what it’s telling us and what to do about it. It’s a bit like going clothes shopping. At 56 I know what’s going to fit me by looking at it. Most times I don’t go near a changing room.

It’s the same with my “bodily functions” if you get my drift – I know what’s going on and why. I know a genuine call for rest from an excuse not to act.

Either way, don’t beat yourself up if you get it wrong, or even if you choose to be a lizard. You have not failed in your mission to make that change you dream of. Think of climbing a mountain. Even on the way up, some parts of the climb are “down” parts, into little gullies to reach the next ascent.

It’s exactly the same with your life.

As long as the general direction is still “UP”, and you still have the fire in your heart, you can embrace the lizard now and again with love in your heart – for the whole and human being that you are.

Comment below if you’ve had a “lizard” experience recently – I’d love to hear about it.

Love and best to you

Seona