Mr Activated 3 Breaths Rule Method
Have you noticed sometimes you have the instinct to do something but end up not doing it? For example, try taking a cold shower or do something that is difficult or hard, your brain by default always prefers the easy or safe option. It’s like two wolves are fighting inside your brain where one carries concern, fear, anxiety, indecision, and inaction and the other has faith, confidence, excitement and action. Which wolf will win? The one you feed!
The only problem is if you take longer than 3 breaths to make a decision, the chances of winning for the wolf with fear and indecision become greater with each passing breath.
If you want to take an important action to get something done or do something that you are fearful of, you have 3 breaths to make a decision and take action! Once you get past that third breath cycle, then the weaker parts of your brain start to take back control, and your likelihood of taking action goes down significantly.
Consciously use your breath to defeat the brain before it defeats you.
Always remember overthinking is against the action, we need to avoid our brain going into overthinking mode in order to be able to maintain the energy to take action. It’s a very simple technique…whenever your instinct or gut feeling to take action, notice your breath and take a deep breath before the 3 breath cycle ends, hold it for 3 sec and release it with the action you want to take. That deep breath within the 3 breath cycle has the strongest effect on our brain.
Similarly, this can be applied to urges and addictions. You have three breath cycles to stop yourself from taking the action that you may regret later. Take a deep breath within three breath cycles, hold it for 3 sec, release, and take control otherwise each breath after that your urge of taking action will get weaker.
Chemical reactions need a certain amount of energy to begin. The activation energy is the minimum amount of energy required to cause a reaction to occur. The deep breath within the 3 breath cycle time window is the activation energy needed for you to take the action. Don’t forget the level of activation energy differs in different people and sometimes the bigger and more challenging action is, the more activation energy may be required.
So many times we have a gut feeling of doing something but we end up not following through. Think about how many inactions we go through on a daily basis on things we have an intuition for. How many times in your life have you said I should have trusted my gut ? My question to you is why didn’t you? If you took that action within 3 breath cycles, it would be a different story right now.
Have you ever wondered what the opportunity cost of all the inactions in your life might be due to not taking the next step?
These small inactions build up and become bigger over time, sometimes end up becoming a habit not to act or take risks.
Outlining the results of their work in a new paper in eLife, the researchers conclude that human brains seem to be wired for laziness. “Our brain tricks us into believing the low-hanging fruit really is the ripest”
Science has shown that our gut is the second brain, those gut feelings and instincts are something connected to bigger things.
A huge portion of our day is spent being on autopilot and doing the same things again and again out of habit. We can’t achieve our full potential on autopilot, we need to consciously make choices for ourselves. Our autopilot mode seems to be run by a set of brain structures called the default mode network (DMN) Therefore we “switch off”, our brains go into an autopilot mode where most of the tasks that we do in our day to day live like driving, making tea, etc are performed unconsciously.
Our brain prevents us from overloading by using unconscious decision making through habits for routine type tasks but the same system that is protecting us is stopping us from living our full potential.
The secret is to understand the balance between autopilot and conscious living and inturn use that optimally for best performance. Conscious decision making is slow which requires attention, energy, and effort. Through conscious living, you are back in the driver seat and it’s your choice when to drive autopilot or not. The conscious mode is best used for forming new habits, learning new things, managing complex mental tasks, etc. Whereas we can use autopilot mode for quick decisions where we don’t overthink and don’t have to make important life decisions.
The idea is moving from a place of fear to curiosity and then from curiosity to action. Our brains are very protective and will always seek the easy route like your navigation system these days. The idea is to move past beyond that and get aligned with your intuition.
We know that breathing can influence your brain but after 3 breaths the desire and strength of the intuition start to slow down and the brain tries to override and go into protective overthinking mode almost destroying that instinct as the time goes past. Don’t get me wrong, sometimes the safe option is much needed but it’s important to understand many times it is also holding us back from our true potential.
You can train yourself to take action using this 3 Breaths Rule method. To make it a strong actionable habit, awareness, and understanding of one’s own thought process are needed. This is known as metacognition. The more self-aware you are, the more intelligent you become and are capable of managing your own moods and emotions with self-regulation. You are gaining power over the auto-pilot and lazy mind through metacognition as you are becoming more conscious, reflective, and aware of one’s thoughts, progress, and learning paths.