How To Avoid the Stupidness Your Brain Makes You Do.

Slow down and think.  What you think you see is just the craziness in your head making you panic.  And panic makes you stupid.
You do things you’ll regret later.  You break relationships and burn bridges.  All because you panicked.

It happens to everyone at some point.

The unexpected happens and you are left scrambling to figure things out.  Sometimes it’s about money.  Other times it’s about love, your job, or what you think is going to happen in the next few days.

You aren’t prepared and so your brain starts to melt down.  The uncertainty of what might happen forces you into imaging a million different nightmare scenarios.

None of them realistic.  Or inspiring.  Just the worst memories and outcomes that your brain can stitch together for you.

And so you act stupid.

Not because you are stupid — but because your brain makes you think you need to be stupid in order to survive.  The “fight or flight” part of your brain is over-reacting.  Big time.  That makes you irrational and otherwise “out of your mind.”

Whatever you do next is usually the wrong move.  And the consequences can effect the rest of your life.

So it’s better to avoid the stupidness that your brain tries to makes you do.  Here are a few ways to do that:

  1. Don’t do anything for 24 hours — Be deliberate about NOT doing anything that comes to mind. If you can think about it, don’t do it.  Most of the time, “sleeping on it” is a great way to avoid big mistakes.
  2. Imagine the best possible outcome — Take some time to dream a little.  What if your biggest nightmare wasn’t all that bad after all?  Think through only good options. You’ll probably find a way out.
  3. Be honest about your situation — It makes no sense pretending like the world is coming to the end if you only have a “mental hangnail”.  Sometimes a fresh, hard look at your situation is enough to shake you out of your nonsense.
  4. Ask for help without whining — No one likes a wimp or a whiner.  When you’re down-and-out, the worst possible person to be is the type of whiner that no one wants to help.  So be careful.
  5. Breathe.  Breathe.  Breathe some more — Your brain needs all the oxygen that it can get.  When you are feeling overwhelmed and under-prepared, the key is to stop and breathe.  Pause. Blink your eyes. Breathe.
  6. Don’t get yourself in that situation in the first place — If you’re not in shape physically, financially, or mentally you’re doomed to a life of  panic attacks.  And it probably is mostly your own fault.

There’s no silver bullet to not being stupid.

The truth is that you can meltdown at any time for just about any reason.  Despite the best of intentions and preparations, life can come at you sideways — leaving you gasping for air and explanations.

Just remember how important your response to panic really is.  It can easily determine the rest of your life.  If you’re not careful, you’ll burn bridges, alienate allies, and make it harder to achieve anything close to success.

What comes naturally is to lash out.  To defend yourself.  To be unrealistic about the danger ahead of you.  To be stupid.

Maybe it’s time to stop letting your brain ruin your life.

0 Replies to “How To Avoid the Stupidness Your Brain Makes You Do.”

  1. This has to be a question made for me, the art stupidity or what is perceived as stupid and the character required to accept stupidity as an intricate component in the pursuit of excellence (and what I mean by that). My mistakes are my highest achievements. Of course there must be more and there is.

  2. This has to be a question made for me, the art stupidity or what is perceived as stupid and the character required to accept stupidity as an intricate component in the pursuit of excellence (and what I mean by that). My mistakes are my highest achievements. Of course there must be more and there is.

  3. This has to be a question made for me, the art stupidity or what is perceived as stupid and the character required to accept stupidity as an intricate component in the pursuit of excellence (and what I mean by that). My mistakes are my highest achievements. Of course there must be more and there is.

  4. This has to be a question made for me, the art stupidity or what is perceived as stupid and the character required to accept stupidity as an intricate component in the pursuit of excellence (and what I mean by that). My mistakes are my highest achievements. Of course there must be more and there is.

  5. This has to be a question made for me, the art stupidity or what is perceived as stupid and the character required to accept stupidity as an intricate component in the pursuit of excellence (and what I mean by that). My mistakes are my highest achievements. Of course there must be more and there is.

  6. This has to be a question made for me, the art stupidity or what is perceived as stupid and the character required to accept stupidity as an intricate component in the pursuit of excellence (and what I mean by that). My mistakes are my highest achievements. Of course there must be more and there is.

  7. Don’t do anything for 24 hrs. is fantastic advice for so many things we do. Getting ready to fire off an e-mail in response to something that made you mad? Waiting 24 hrs. before you hit send does wonders! The brain is both amazing and confounding…thanks Dan!

  8. Don’t do anything for 24 hrs. is fantastic advice for so many things we do. Getting ready to fire off an e-mail in response to something that made you mad? Waiting 24 hrs. before you hit send does wonders! The brain is both amazing and confounding…thanks Dan!

  9. Don’t do anything for 24 hrs. is fantastic advice for so many things we do. Getting ready to fire off an e-mail in response to something that made you mad? Waiting 24 hrs. before you hit send does wonders! The brain is both amazing and confounding…thanks Dan!

  10. Don’t do anything for 24 hrs. is fantastic advice for so many things we do. Getting ready to fire off an e-mail in response to something that made you mad? Waiting 24 hrs. before you hit send does wonders! The brain is both amazing and confounding…thanks Dan!

  11. Don’t do anything for 24 hrs. is fantastic advice for so many things we do. Getting ready to fire off an e-mail in response to something that made you mad? Waiting 24 hrs. before you hit send does wonders! The brain is both amazing and confounding…thanks Dan!

  12. Don’t do anything for 24 hrs. is fantastic advice for so many things we do. Getting ready to fire off an e-mail in response to something that made you mad? Waiting 24 hrs. before you hit send does wonders! The brain is both amazing and confounding…thanks Dan!

  13. I am a soldier, three years, 2nd Field Artillery Mc Kee Barracks. Black Horse Ave. Dublin, Ireland. If I am perceived to be stupid then that will have been my intention. If I seem to panic that will have been my intention. If you find yourself alone in a hostile environment or if you perceive the environment as hostile ALWAYS act as if that environment is hostile. Command imaginary troops so as to portray to your environment activity or madness. In my experience one is as effective as the other, when one is in need of time to work and plan. Never play somebody else’s game ALWAYS play your own game. In this way rules and strategies can be changed without concerning yourself for your opponents auxiliary plans. Finally ALWAYS be extreme in confrontation and gracious in victory.

  14. I am a soldier, three years, 2nd Field Artillery Mc Kee Barracks. Black Horse Ave. Dublin, Ireland. If I am perceived to be stupid then that will have been my intention. If I seem to panic that will have been my intention. If you find yourself alone in a hostile environment or if you perceive the environment as hostile ALWAYS act as if that environment is hostile. Command imaginary troops so as to portray to your environment activity or madness. In my experience one is as effective as the other, when one is in need of time to work and plan. Never play somebody else’s game ALWAYS play your own game. In this way rules and strategies can be changed without concerning yourself for your opponents auxiliary plans. Finally ALWAYS be extreme in confrontation and gracious in victory.

  15. I am a soldier, three years, 2nd Field Artillery Mc Kee Barracks. Black Horse Ave. Dublin, Ireland. If I am perceived to be stupid then that will have been my intention. If I seem to panic that will have been my intention. If you find yourself alone in a hostile environment or if you perceive the environment as hostile ALWAYS act as if that environment is hostile. Command imaginary troops so as to portray to your environment activity or madness. In my experience one is as effective as the other, when one is in need of time to work and plan. Never play somebody else’s game ALWAYS play your own game. In this way rules and strategies can be changed without concerning yourself for your opponents auxiliary plans. Finally ALWAYS be extreme in confrontation and gracious in victory.

  16. I am a soldier, three years, 2nd Field Artillery Mc Kee Barracks. Black Horse Ave. Dublin, Ireland. If I am perceived to be stupid then that will have been my intention. If I seem to panic that will have been my intention. If you find yourself alone in a hostile environment or if you perceive the environment as hostile ALWAYS act as if that environment is hostile. Command imaginary troops so as to portray to your environment activity or madness. In my experience one is as effective as the other, when one is in need of time to work and plan. Never play somebody else’s game ALWAYS play your own game. In this way rules and strategies can be changed without concerning yourself for your opponents auxiliary plans. Finally ALWAYS be extreme in confrontation and gracious in victory.

  17. I am a soldier, three years, 2nd Field Artillery Mc Kee Barracks. Black Horse Ave. Dublin, Ireland. If I am perceived to be stupid then that will have been my intention. If I seem to panic that will have been my intention. If you find yourself alone in a hostile environment or if you perceive the environment as hostile ALWAYS act as if that environment is hostile. Command imaginary troops so as to portray to your environment activity or madness. In my experience one is as effective as the other, when one is in need of time to work and plan. Never play somebody else’s game ALWAYS play your own game. In this way rules and strategies can be changed without concerning yourself for your opponents auxiliary plans. Finally ALWAYS be extreme in confrontation and gracious in victory.

  18. I am a soldier, three years, 2nd Field Artillery Mc Kee Barracks. Black Horse Ave. Dublin, Ireland. If I am perceived to be stupid then that will have been my intention. If I seem to panic that will have been my intention. If you find yourself alone in a hostile environment or if you perceive the environment as hostile ALWAYS act as if that environment is hostile. Command imaginary troops so as to portray to your environment activity or madness. In my experience one is as effective as the other, when one is in need of time to work and plan. Never play somebody else’s game ALWAYS play your own game. In this way rules and strategies can be changed without concerning yourself for your opponents auxiliary plans. Finally ALWAYS be extreme in confrontation and gracious in victory.

  19. Anxiety is a normal reaction to stressful situations. But in some cases, it becomes excessive and can cause sufferers to dread everyday situation.
    So Panic attacks in another anxiety-realted disorder which is severe episodes of anxiety which happen in response to specific triggers. Being stupid is not in control sometimes so the best way to do is before reacting to a certain situations.Inhale and Exhale and Shout Aja!

  20. Anxiety is a normal reaction to stressful situations. But in some cases, it becomes excessive and can cause sufferers to dread everyday situation.
    So Panic attacks in another anxiety-realted disorder which is severe episodes of anxiety which happen in response to specific triggers. Being stupid is not in control sometimes so the best way to do is before reacting to a certain situations.Inhale and Exhale and Shout Aja!

  21. Anxiety is a normal reaction to stressful situations. But in some cases, it becomes excessive and can cause sufferers to dread everyday situation.
    So Panic attacks in another anxiety-realted disorder which is severe episodes of anxiety which happen in response to specific triggers. Being stupid is not in control sometimes so the best way to do is before reacting to a certain situations.Inhale and Exhale and Shout Aja!

  22. Anxiety is a normal reaction to stressful situations. But in some cases, it becomes excessive and can cause sufferers to dread everyday situation.
    So Panic attacks in another anxiety-realted disorder which is severe episodes of anxiety which happen in response to specific triggers. Being stupid is not in control sometimes so the best way to do is before reacting to a certain situations.Inhale and Exhale and Shout Aja!

  23. Anxiety is a normal reaction to stressful situations. But in some cases, it becomes excessive and can cause sufferers to dread everyday situation.
    So Panic attacks in another anxiety-realted disorder which is severe episodes of anxiety which happen in response to specific triggers. Being stupid is not in control sometimes so the best way to do is before reacting to a certain situations.Inhale and Exhale and Shout Aja!

  24. Anxiety is a normal reaction to stressful situations. But in some cases, it becomes excessive and can cause sufferers to dread everyday situation.
    So Panic attacks in another anxiety-realted disorder which is severe episodes of anxiety which happen in response to specific triggers. Being stupid is not in control sometimes so the best way to do is before reacting to a certain situations.Inhale and Exhale and Shout Aja!

  25. Kinda highlights one of the challenges I’m going through right now. My 7yo son exhibits the behavior of freezing when suddenly confronted with wrong-doing or overwhelm. I’m looking for some ideas to teach him to rise above this. How to empower him to snap out of it very quickly? And kick-start his thinking/controlled reaction?

    1. “Practice”…. That’s the key. I used to carry a business cad in my wallet (from my therapists) that had the words I needed to repeat to myself when I was in trouble. Eventually I trained myself how to respond…

      Dan

      1. Good advice. Invoking a mantra is bound to help to snap out and switch to a more favorable pre-programmed response.

  26. Kinda highlights one of the challenges I’m going through right now. My 7yo son exhibits the behavior of freezing when suddenly confronted with wrong-doing or overwhelm. I’m looking for some ideas to teach him to rise above this. How to empower him to snap out of it very quickly? And kick-start his thinking/controlled reaction?

    1. “Practice”…. That’s the key. I used to carry a business cad in my wallet (from my therapists) that had the words I needed to repeat to myself when I was in trouble. Eventually I trained myself how to respond…

      Dan

      1. Good advice. Invoking a mantra is bound to help to snap out and switch to a more favorable pre-programmed response.

  27. Kinda highlights one of the challenges I’m going through right now. My 7yo son exhibits the behavior of freezing when suddenly confronted with wrong-doing or overwhelm. I’m looking for some ideas to teach him to rise above this. How to empower him to snap out of it very quickly? And kick-start his thinking/controlled reaction?

    1. “Practice”…. That’s the key. I used to carry a business cad in my wallet (from my therapists) that had the words I needed to repeat to myself when I was in trouble. Eventually I trained myself how to respond…

      Dan

      1. Good advice. Invoking a mantra is bound to help to snap out and switch to a more favorable pre-programmed response.

  28. Kinda highlights one of the challenges I’m going through right now. My 7yo son exhibits the behavior of freezing when suddenly confronted with wrong-doing or overwhelm. I’m looking for some ideas to teach him to rise above this. How to empower him to snap out of it very quickly? And kick-start his thinking/controlled reaction?

    1. “Practice”…. That’s the key. I used to carry a business cad in my wallet (from my therapists) that had the words I needed to repeat to myself when I was in trouble. Eventually I trained myself how to respond…

      Dan

      1. Good advice. Invoking a mantra is bound to help to snap out and switch to a more favorable pre-programmed response.

  29. Kinda highlights one of the challenges I’m going through right now. My 7yo son exhibits the behavior of freezing when suddenly confronted with wrong-doing or overwhelm. I’m looking for some ideas to teach him to rise above this. How to empower him to snap out of it very quickly? And kick-start his thinking/controlled reaction?

    1. “Practice”…. That’s the key. I used to carry a business cad in my wallet (from my therapists) that had the words I needed to repeat to myself when I was in trouble. Eventually I trained myself how to respond…

      Dan

      1. Good advice. Invoking a mantra is bound to help to snap out and switch to a more favorable pre-programmed response.

  30. Kinda highlights one of the challenges I’m going through right now. My 7yo son exhibits the behavior of freezing when suddenly confronted with wrong-doing or overwhelm. I’m looking for some ideas to teach him to rise above this. How to empower him to snap out of it very quickly? And kick-start his thinking/controlled reaction?

    1. “Practice”…. That’s the key. I used to carry a business cad in my wallet (from my therapists) that had the words I needed to repeat to myself when I was in trouble. Eventually I trained myself how to respond…

      Dan

      1. Good advice. Invoking a mantra is bound to help to snap out and switch to a more favorable pre-programmed response.

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