Control Stress – Drive Performance

Control Stress – Drive Performance

There is one thing we all have in common. Everyone’s lives are controlled by stress. Normal periodic low stress is the process that gets us up in the morning, gets us to work, gets us to perform and eventually gets us to take a holiday when we reach saturation. Persistent moderate to high stress is what eventually causes us to make more mistakes and poor choices. Sustained high stress is what eventually produces overwhelm and burnout, which stops us doing much at all.

High performance is a way of thinking. It is a way of using the brain/mind that is quite a different way than the normal thinking pattern we come to develop as our habitual behaviour. Most people are sufficiently stressed they struggle just to achieve a reasonable standard of performance, let alone think about how they think, why they think in that way or is there another way of using the brain to think.

Stress Destroys High Performance.

Most Stress is dealt with by conventional stress management processes such as meditation yoga and exercise. There are very good reasons for these methods. The problem is they only treat the symptoms for a short duration and never the cause. The continuation and proliferation of such help is evidence that rarely does anyone ask the question; how does the brain/mind develop the mental process we call stress? Most diagrams and explanations of stress are all about what happens in the body once the stress has developed, see diagrams below. Here you will get to know how stress starts also how to stop it from starting.

The physical mechanics of brain/body organs and hormones, are clearly indicated below showing what happens after the stress cycle moves from mind to body. Understanding the  mind process of how stress cycles start is important to Neuro-fault Protection because N-f P breaks the stress cycle before it gets started. 

Stress images 4        HPA_Axis_Diagram_(Brian_M_Sweis_2012)Stress images 5

What is Stress, how does it start and why is the Amygdala right up close to the Hypothalamus?

There are four important aspects missing from the above diagrams. 1.The Stressors, 2. limiting habits, 3.emotions and 4. the Amygdala, which then processes the emotions and starts the stress cycle as shown.

The Amygdala plays an important role in the processing of emotions especially when anxiety or fears are involved.

Stressors are our own opportunist perceptions, like Marauding Vikings. This is to say, it our own beliefs, values, behaviours and habits, which are out of synchronisation with the people, events, environments we find stressful. Those circumstances cause an immediate clash with any corresponding limiting beliefs, limiting values and limiting behaviours that challenge them, these are categorised as limiting habits. This locking of heads is the beginning of what we experience as stress when the stressors win the battle – also – often when they do not win they manage to leave a lot of collateral stress debris.

Limiting habits are all those guidance memories and filters, which before they bacame outdated, therefore limiting, used to help us make good choices, make good plans and develop those into good actions. They can also become a defence  against change, which itself causes stress. Problems really begin to arise when those limiting thinking habits become really outdated and redundant. Then they can themselves become hidden  internal invisible invaders, which upset smart thinking. We acquire habits by parental chromosome and gene transfer at conception, also by parental, siblings, peers, teachers, professors and hero imprinting. In addition acquiring superstitious beliefs can result in undercurrent stress.

In any event the ensuing battle between the percieved stressors and limiting beliefs, values and habits, fires up EMOTIONS, such as fear or anxiety, uncertainty, confusion, doubt, self doubt, nervousness, etc., which are processed by the Amygdala. The Amygdale fires up the Hypothalamus with a warning there is a danger. The Hypothalamus immediately sends a message of Corticotropin releasing hormones to the Anterior Pituitary gland, which in turn sends a message of Adrenocorticotropic hormone to the Adrenal glands instructing them to produce and release Cortisol into the blood stream.

Cortisol with adrenalin is part of the Fight – Flight – Freeze reactions when we perceive ourselves to be close to or are actually in a dangerous situation (emotional thoughts of fear). The underlying cause of too much cortisol is because we no longer have to run or fight ‘T’ Rex or a Sabre tooth tiger to survive. Our stress system developed for short duration fear/anxiety/fight/flight/freeze responses. In 2013 we live in perpetual high stress environment. Fight/flight/freeze is rarely an appropriate option in our work or social environments. This means the stress hormone has no where to go thus it remains internally and does a lot of damage.

Incessant high stress causes excessive amounts of cortisol to be sloshing around the blood stream. When this happens constantly for long periods the consequences are significant damage to the body and brain.

In the case of large and persistent amounts cortisol, the immune system is suppressed, it causes difficulty with frontal lobe thinking processes, . High doses of Cortisol also poison brain cells, damaging dendrites and interrupting thinking and memory pathways, thus impairing performance thinking, starting with imaring short term memory also activating the storage of fat. In addition to many other unhelpful side effects, persistent high levels of Cortisol restrict the replacement of muscle tissue, the consequences of which can be brutal.

Like most explanations  the digrams above only tell a small part of the story just concentrating on the physical side but not the the all important mind processes that develop into a stress situation.

MindPower Recognition explains the entire process, all of which starts with one or more stressors plus one or more limiting habits.

The  Neuro-fault protection strategy is therefore to break the link before the battle can begin. This is done by employing advanced thinking strategies.  The aim is circumnavigating the limiting habits so external stressors stay outside your emotional and performance zones. You will be aware of any stressors present and those may be of some use in specific situations. In certain fields of performance such as competitive sport,  a little extra cortisol is necessary and actually part of the performance behaviour and winning strategy. In the case of an active sport the exercise will burn off the cortisol.

Unless protected, limiting habits are a back door that let STRESSORS ( like Viking marauders) into your inner performance space ( your zone of performance). Other stressors lay in waiting in your memory for a perfect opportunity to arrise. They cause havoc, mayhem, destruction and steal your performance also your joy of life. They leave you with little but devastating thoughts, feelings and overwhelming stress. By building the right defence strategy, external stressors stay outside your internal performance zone. They cannot cause any stress damage because they cannot attack your Achilles heel of limiting habits of limiting beliefs, limiting values or limiting behaviours.

The Neuro-fault Protection training does two important things for you.

First; it teaches you how to think in a way that protects yourself from limiting thinking patterns. It therefore prevents unnecessary stress cycles from beginning their path of destruction.

Second; learning to protect your limiting behaviours from stressors, you also learn how to develop your high performance thinking patterns without the familiar high stress consequences.

For a detailed presentation free of obligation all about Neuro-fault Protection in controlling stress or high performance thinking write to Robert Denton for an appointment in person or by phone or Skype at:

Digrams by curtisy of–pituitary–adrenal_axis

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