The brain is wired for us to fail, at least if you don't know how to use it properly. And since it doesn't come with a user's manual, not many of us fully understand it. Even neuroscientists are constantly discovering new things about the brain.
One of the biggest problems with the brain is that it's too good at doing its job. Part of the brain is literally designed to protect us with a fight or flight type response. And, oftentimes, we trigger this and other brain responses that make it almost impossible to be creative, positive, or even effective at what we actually want to do.
Here is how to stop your brain from trying to make you fail.
You have to understand the brain if you want to use it more effectively
When the brain detects that something is happening outside of the normal range, according to John Assaraf (The Secret, NeuroGym) in a recent interview with Lewis Howes, this triggers the brain's "error detection mechanism."
This mechanism is like a thermostat of a car when its set to a certain temperature: If the temperature changes, it will be brought back to the temperature that was set. The brain has a similar function: It can autocorrect you, though you may not need correcting.
This typically happens when you get excited about something. Shortly after, your brain (which is only doing its job) brings up life experiences, fears, and other things that may persuade you to be "realistic" and not to do what you just got excited about. This is your brain's way of protecting you by convincing you to stay in your comfort zone and do the same thing that has kept you alive this many years, as anything else could mean danger.
How to start the rewiring process
You have to rewire your brain to stop trying to protect you when you don't need that.
Fortunately, all of my life I have been one of those people who intentionally do things that scare them. Naturally, my brain is used to me doing "crazy things." In my case, doing things my brain tells me not to do is "normal," and therefore I have stretched the very response that my brain gives off. For this reason, I believe my optimism has been a major factor in my overall entrepreneurial success.
This habit of doing things I think are crazy has changed my understanding of the word crazy. Now, doing something "crazy" is not actually crazy, so my brain tries much less to convince me not to do it. Instead, my brain persuades me to do it, because that is what has kept me alive and worked for me.
To be completely honest here, this occasionally leads to catastrophic failure, but, more important, it leads to incredible successes beyond what I could have imagined.
You have to make extraordinary ordinary
If you can make extraordinary a part of your everyday life, and become accustomed to achieving, doing, and being incredible, then your brain will start to believe you.
Instead of trying to protect you next time, your brain will support you.
Practically speaking, to make this work you sometimes have to go head to head against your biggest fears. When you are afraid of something the most, as long as it will not literally harm you, do it anyway. This is the beginning of the brain rewiring process to get it to support you rather than fight against you.
Another thing that works for me is to celebrate and get excited about all of my "wins," no matter how small they might be. The more pumped up and excited you get, the more certain chemicals are released in your brain that help you stay in the creative part of it. This also prevents the brain from triggering the error detection mechanism and bringing you back down to "normal" mode.