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Two simple choices. Ask or Act.
If things were only that easy.
As I learn more about our “fight or flight” reaction in our brains, there is another “f” reaction that seems to take hold.
The state where we become paralyzed to take any action. The Freeze could be fear of making a mistake, or letting someone down. The Freeze may be a product of our own insecurities and self-doubt. Whatever the cause, the Freeze holds us back from taking action or accomplishing our goals.
I am sure this Freeze came in handy when a ferocious animal was spotted and remaining motionless prevented an attack. However, except for the occasional dog off the leash in my neighborhood when I am running, or the unsuspecting garter snake in my garden, there are not a lot of animals that cause me concern.
What should we do when we find ourselves in a state of Freeze?
Back to the two choices. Ask or Act.
If you are not sure what to do, Ask someone. Ask for clarification or direction. Ask for more details or better guidance. Ask yourself what is the worst that could happen if you make a mistake. Ask for help. Ask yourself what is causing this fear.
If you have an idea what to do, Act and accomplish the task. Act in a way that gets you closer to the goal and moves you forward.
Hopefully these two simple choices help you the next time Freeze takes over.