blogs/chimp_big.gif Recently I heard Steve McDermott speaking about a sports coach who helps the British Cycling Olympic team. They were discussing the concept that very often when humans get nervous before situations such as speaking in public, making a bold move or large decision, they very often act like a chimp and not a human.

What do I mean by this? Well in days gone by when faced by one of these decisions the result was normally life or death. Run up that tree or be eaten. Very often though we use these same primal instincts in modern life where they aren’t appropriate.

So the next time you feel the flight or flight reaction, stop and ask yourself the question: Am I being a chimp? If you are, engage the logical, human side of your brain and overcome that fear – after all in the majority of situations this crops up, you’re not going to be eaten.

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