In yesterday’s post I wrote:
Generous creativity is the way we get out of our own heads.
Then the question is, what is going on in our heads we feel we need to escape from? It’s a lone shrieking voice living in this echo chamber between our ears. It’s only concerned with one question, “Is what’s happening right now safe or dangerous?!”
The voice has been called the Resistance, the Censor, the lizard brain. We know it best as the voice calling us an imposter or fraud, even though it doesn’t really mean it. It’s just freaking out because it thinks it’d in danger and wants to be safe.
It’s a habit build from thousands of years of managing dangers that were literally life or death. And even with all the advancement in technology, it hasn’t caught up to how safe and comfortable our world is now compared to then, hence the paranoia.
Everything from bungee jumping to staring at a blank page will elicit the same reaction. No matter how generous our intention, or how noble our work may be, anything that’s not stable, predictable, and comfortable will trigger this paranoid voice.
It’s always seeking reassurance, a safe outcome and it can never have enough.
The worst thing social media has done was give us a false sense of reassurance through likes and comments. The goal of likes and comments were not to give reassurance, but rather keep us addicted to the platform so that they can monopolize our attention.
It’s tricked us and that voice to thinking we’ve done something meaningful. We haven’t.
The discipline we need to build is to use that voice as a signal that we are on the right track. Just as we learn to love the pain of DOMS (Delayed Onset Muscle Soreness) after we do a workout, this voice tells us we are doing work that is meaningful.
And sooner than later, if we choose to work despite what we hear in our heads, that paranoid voice becomes softer not because we train it to realize this activity is actually safe.