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#BrainFactMonday โ€“ What Happens In The Brain of Brave People? How Can You Leverage Those Mechanisms?

Posted on 16th October 2023

Why do some people seem to embrace risks effortlessly while others hesitate? And if you're risk-averse, how can you leverage your brain to take bolder steps? This #BrainFactMonday helps you do just that! ๐Ÿง โœจ

The brain of a brave person, in fact, differs in several key ways from someone who tends to shy away from risks. Here's a simplified breakdown:

๐Ÿง ๐—ก๐—ฒ๐˜‚๐—ฟ๐—ผ๐˜๐—ฟ๐—ฎ๐—ป๐˜€๐—บ๐—ถ๐˜๐˜๐—ฒ๐—ฟ๐˜€:
๐—•๐—ฟ๐—ฎ๐˜ƒ๐—ฒ ๐—ถ๐—ป๐—ฑ๐—ถ๐˜ƒ๐—ถ๐—ฑ๐˜‚๐—ฎ๐—น๐˜€ may have a more sensitive dopamine response, seeking excitement and rewards from challenging situations.
๐—œ๐—ณ ๐˜†๐—ผ๐˜‚'๐—ฟ๐—ฒ ๐—ฟ๐—ถ๐˜€๐—ธ-๐—ฎ๐˜ƒ๐—ฒ๐—ฟ๐˜€๐—ฒ, boosting serotonin levels might help you reduce excessive caution and promote a balanced approach.

๐Ÿง ๐—”๐—บ๐˜†๐—ด๐—ฑ๐—ฎ๐—น๐—ฎ ๐—œ๐—ป๐—ณ๐—น๐˜‚๐—ฒ๐—ป๐—ฐ๐—ฒ: the amygdala, responsible for processing emotions like fear, can be more active in cautious individuals, while the fearless may exhibit reduced fear responses. Mindfulness practices can help you manage fear and anxiety, encouraging calculated risk-taking.

๐Ÿง ๐—ฃ๐—ฟ๐—ฒ๐—ณ๐—ฟ๐—ผ๐—ป๐˜๐—ฎ๐—น ๐—ฃ๐—ผ๐˜„๐—ฒ๐—ฟ: the ventromedial prefrontal cortex (vmPFC) plays a role in decision-making and risk assessment. You can enhance its function through regular problem-solving exercises, empowering you to make more confident choices.

๐Ÿ’ก But what if you find yourself in the risk-averse camp?
Here's how you can leverage these brain mechanisms to take calculated risks:

1๏ธโƒฃ ๐—ฆ๐˜๐—ฎ๐—ฟ๐˜ ๐˜€๐—บ๐—ฎ๐—น๐—น: begin with low-stakes challenges that push your boundaries slightly. Gradually build up your confidence by stepping out of your comfort zone in manageable ways.

2๏ธโƒฃ ๐—ฉ๐—ถ๐˜€๐˜‚๐—ฎ๐—น๐—ถ๐˜‡๐—ฒ ๐˜€๐˜‚๐—ฐ๐—ฐ๐—ฒ๐˜€๐˜€: train your brain to focus on positive outcomes. Visualization techniques can rewire your thinking, making it easier to embrace uncertainty.

3๏ธโƒฃ ๐—ฆ๐—ฒ๐—ฒ๐—ธ ๐˜€๐˜‚๐—ฝ๐—ฝ๐—ผ๐—ฟ๐˜: surround yourself with encouraging and supportive individuals who can inspire you to take that leap of faith.

4๏ธโƒฃ ๐—Ÿ๐—ฒ๐—ฎ๐—ฟ๐—ป ๐—ณ๐—ฟ๐—ผ๐—บ ๐˜€๐—ฒ๐˜๐—ฏ๐—ฎ๐—ฐ๐—ธ๐˜€: failure is a necessary stepping stone to success. Embrace setbacks as learning opportunities and use them to fuel your growth.

๐Ÿ’ช As you can see, courage isn't an elusive trait reserved for a select few (I'm actually grateful to be one of them anyway!); it's a skill that you can nurture and cultivate through understanding your brain's intricacies.

So keep reading my #BrainFactMonday to learn more about leveraging your brain mechanisms and expanding your life and career opportunities!๐ŸŒฑโœจ

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