Rationalization: The Art of Finding The Perfect Excuse

We all know what rationalization is…. don’t we?

It is the act of fooling one’s self with false excuses for not doing something extraordinary with one’s life.
It gives you the reason to believe that it is alright to be a nobody… someone replaceable…ordinary…
Because I was born poor…
Because I am not good at it..
Because I don’t have WHAT IT TAKES…
Because I am not talented enough…
Because I have always been shy..ugly…dumb et al.
Because I am not a university graduate…
Because I never had the schooling that she did…
Because I am not good looking…
Because my boss wouldn’t let me…
Because I don’t deserve it…
Because my Dad/Mother/Uncle/Grandpa etc…said so…
Because that’s not what people usually do…
Because I have always been told I could never be good at it…
Because my teacher told me I was not cut out for it…
Because…
Because…

You can fill in YOUR ‘becauses’ and think of all the rationalizations your lizard brain can come up with.

Lizard brain is the name Seth Godin used in his blog and books highlighting the fact that this is a very old phenomenon..Old as in prehistoric times. When we were in stone age where the survival was of the fittest. Whoever killed it ate it..
Man was always on the lookout for enemies, predators… Animals which were after his life.
He would be extra careful of his movements. And the part of brain that would aid him to do so was The Amygdala aka The Lizard Brain. But times have changed, haven’t they?

Since the lizard brain is highly cautious and wants to shield us from any attacks from predators, it takes extra care and guards us from dangers of any new idea, endeavor, career, business, friendship, love. relationship before we even begin to give it a serious thought! Giving us a bunch of reasons (read excuses) for NOT doing it..
Because….
Because…
Get it?

I am reading Seth Godin’s new book “Linchpin: Are You Indispensable?’. Already half way through and love every word of it. If you pick it up and start reading, chances are you may not want to continue… Guess why?
Your Lizard Brain!
It doesn’t want you to become a linchpin… become extraordinary …outstanding!
Because thats what it knows…

So, its time now to quiet our lizard brains and start being extraordinary…

Have an extraordinary life!

Nuruddin Abjani

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