Living with my ancient, reptilian brain 🐉

Yesterday morning, I was feeling low about the challenging journey of building RSC. For a few hours, I was convinced by what I perceived as my "true" fate: complete and utter failure. But, it wasn’t until I heard myself say the words“maybe I should just quit and go get a job” aloud to my roommate that I realized that I had been hijacked by worry and hadn’t even noticed.

The truth is, I love this work. It’s challenging, and this is the work that I’m here to do. It could fail, sure, but I know that the chance to fail is no reason to walk away from a dream-- especially a dream that seeks to transform the world for the better.  After the shock of hearing those words come out of my mouth, I laughed at how my brain had temporarily convinced me that I was doomed.

I laughed, because this is what the brain does (yes, yours too!). When we are up to something that is important to us, our ancient reptilian brains will generate thoughts of doubt, worry and fear because they falsely perceive the threat of failure as a threat of survival. But we will not die if we fail. 🦖

When we notice that we have been hijacked by worry, one of the quickest paths back to clarity, is to remember what is most important to us about what we’re up to. For me, it was remembering that being able to create my own work, in which I can support the climate movement to thrive has been my dream for years. With that in mind, the things creating my frustration got less significant. They changed in my mind from being harbingers of failure to simply parts of creating something new.

Creating a business, or anything new-- be it a relationship, a career, a project or piece of art -- is hard work. This is because with every step, we are bringing something into being that didn’t exist at all before this. Think about it: what you are creating is remarkable because you are taking something that only existed in your mind, and bringing it to life in the physical world.

That’s amazing.

This blog post was originally published as a part of the May 2019 RSC newsletter! If you want to get posts like this in your inbox, sign up here to get on our (low traffic) mailing list.