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Challenge, Not Threat

CRANIUM POINT: Challenge, not threat.

Create a safe environment where a challenge is maximized and a threat is minimized – intentionally.

We talk about this all of the time, but a threat is a threat. Your brain will respond to a poisonous snake in a similar way as to a shouting boss. To combat threats, it is important that your body stays well. According to the CDC, approximately 80% of all illnesses in the U.S. are stress-related. Identify one or two major stressors in your life and ways to better manage them. Here are some areas where stressors may be lurking:

  • Money
  • Always being tethered to work
  • A joyless job
  • Relationships
  • Put others first too often
  • Holidays
  • Making too many commitments
  • Insufficient quality time by ourselves
  • Insufficient quality time with others
  • Perfectionism
  • Not having a passion
  • Clutter and disorganization

Mel Robbins gave one of my favorite TED Talks.  In it she stresses (no pun intended) that whatever we want to accomplish in our life, others have done it before.  You can Google just about anything, and others will have already blogged about it, written a book about it, or made a video on how to do it.  So pick those one or two triggers and go Google them.