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Are You Scared Yet?

Wednesday, October 27, 2021 - Joe Kiedinger

This time of year, when all things spooky abound, it’s easy to think of Jason Vorhees, Freddy Krueger and Pennywise when you think of fear. But, as it turns out, we’re the ones responsible for creating our own fears—not external forces.

Who is the one telling you people are snickering behind your back? Who is the one telling you that you did a terrible job on that presentation? Who is the one doubting your worth?

All of our worst fears are developed close to home: in our own brains. At Prophit Co., we call this our negative voice. We all have one. I call mine Freddy, yes, like the villain from Nightmare on Elm Street

Our negative voice likes to present us with False Evidence Appearing Real = FEAR. It tells us things that aren’t true in attempts to protect us from harm. And, really, it makes sense. Our negative voice is fed by our amygdala—the part of our brain that stores the emotions we’ve associated with events we’ve experienced. When we experience something new, our amygdala tries to give these new events meaning. And it often completely botches the job.

That’s why it’s important for your emotional wellness to learn to shut down your negative voice. It’s actually much easier than it seems—with practice of course. It’s time to take control over your emotions! Because when you know better you can do better!

JOE KIEDINGER

ACTION PLAN: Are you interested in learning the tools needed to shut down your negative voice and take control over your emotions? Let’s talk about our Intrapersonal Communication coaching!

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