Discover Your Brain Strengths to Navigate Life
The economy, career uncertainty, money worries, relationship conflicts and health issues are cited as causes of stress. We believe there is only one cause or source of stress. By identifying the true culprit, it is easier to proactively manage the effects of stress. Left unattended, stress coldly and unmercifully takes its devastating toll on our health and well being.
The true cause of stress lies within your brain. It’s about what you think and how you react to information. It’s an inside game. The stress factor comes from your feelings and emotional reactions to your thoughts.
Do you remember all the times you were fearful about something happening and it never materialized? Here is a familiar story that illustrates this point:
ONE day Henny Penny was picking up corn in the corn yard when–whack!–something hit her upon the head. ‘Goodness gracious me!’ said Henny Penny; ‘the sky’s a-going to fall; I must go and tell the king.’
So she went along and she went along and she went along till she met Cocky Locky. ‘Where are you going, Henny Penny?’ says Cocky Locky. ‘Oh! I’m going to tell the king the sky’s a-falling,’ says Henny Penny. ‘May I come with you?’ says Cocky Locky. ‘Certainly,’ says Henny Penny. So Henny Penny and Cocky Locky went to tell the king the sky was falling.
And so the story goes on in this manner with Cocky Locky, Duckey Daddles, Goosey Poosey, Turkey Lurkey and Foxy Woxy. They all experienced Henny Penny’s stress.
You are constantly bombarded with information from the media, friends, family, doctors, employers, children, parents, bankers and so forth. This is unavoidable. Some information may have elements of truth. Much of it may be the “Henny Penny” story. You can make the decision now to approach all life challenges with a cooler head and clearer thinking without letting emotional responses stress you out and take control.
Emotions and feelings are the brain’s automatic reaction to thought. Your brain doesn’t know whether something is true or manufactured. It also can’t distinguish truth from falsehood, although it thinks it can. Feelings, like love, peace and happiness have a positive and uplifting effect. The negative ones like fear, panic and helplessness may temporarily limit your ability to think and act clearly. Being aware that feeling and emotions are manufactured by your thoughts is the first giant step to stripping them of their power to rule your life.
We want to leave you with the thought that most things you worry about never materialize. Worrying serves no good purpose. Instead of worrying, calmly collect information about things you think are important. Avoid having Henny Penny as one of your trusted advisors. Be aware that stress is feelings and emotions manufactured by your thoughts.
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We all seem to fall prey to the “Henny Penny syndrome,” but it doesn’t have to be this way. Knowing your brain strengths will help you gather, analyze and utilize reliable information to avoid or proactively deal with real problems. Brain PathWays, based on recent advances in neuroscience, is the most comprehensive system available for navigating life by understanding how your brain is wired and what makes you tick. Click to purchase your Brain PathWays online self-assessment and download your report today.
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