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Somewhere during the past few millennia, our brain's detection system which triggers the body's flight / fight response has been psychologically bent. Whilst a degree of anxiety about a dog rushing up to us is normal. Running away screaming hysterically would, in most situations, be considered excessive, abnormal and of course encourage the dog to join in the game of chasey!

Abstract anxiety image. 
Anxiety affects 1 in 13 or 500 Million people globally.
Anxiety affects 1 in 13 or 500 Million people globally.

This little example highlights the difference between a person who suffers from the fear based condition termed, "anxiety disorder" on a day to day basis. A broad range of fear based conditions begin to consume individuals who suffer from Anxiety Disorder. They often wait 12 months or more before seeking help in any form. Last year 14% of Australians, about 2 million people suffered from one or more bouts of anxiety. Source: sane.org That's almost twice as many as were treated for depression. SBS News

Symptoms of anxiety disorders may include: a pounding heart, difficulty breathing, upset stomach, muscle tension, headache, sweating or choking, insomnia, feeling faint or shaky.

Excessive worry may lead to anxiety disorder. Sufferers often feel isolated and alone.
Symptoms affect individuals differently

What kind of anxiety disorder do you have?

As with every health issue, an accurate diagnosis is essential before we delve into treatments, solutions and shifting our mindset to change our anxiousness measurement score. A few common anxiety disorders include:

Generalized anxiety disorder: A pattern of excessive worry about a variety of issues on most days for at least six months, often accompanied by physical symptoms, such as muscle tension, a hammering heart, or dizziness.

Social anxiety disorder: Feeling significant anxiety in social situations or when called on to perform in front of others, such as in public speaking.

Hidden by everyday events, social anxiety is difficult to diagnose
Hidden by everyday events, social anxiety is difficult to diagnose

Phobias: A particular animal, insect, object, or situation causes substantial anxiety.

Panic disorder: Panic attacks are sudden, intense episodes of heart-banging fear, breathlessness, and dread. “It’s the feeling you’d have if you just missed being hit by a Mack truck — but for people with panic disorder there is no Mack truck,” says Dr. Beresin in Harvard Health Publishing

Where's the balance?

A level of anxiety is healthy and improves our ability in many ways. Athletes performance on race day can either be very good or very bad based on the level of anxiety they feel. Some elite performers choked at the final moment and performed poorly. Others powered to victory with the help of their anxiety.

Sporting expectations by parents and coaches makes many young athletes anxious
Young sports people are often placed under great performance pressure

The release of hormones makes the body very strong, fast and provides quick response times. This is the original purpose of anxiety or fear. Energetic bursts of strength, speed and reactions to fight or flee when faced with a threatening situation. In a creative burst we roll out a totally new concept of design or suddenly see a clear solution to a problem that has been unresolvable for months. This can only occur with the mind intensely focussed, driven by the hormones that cause anxiety.

Although there are chemical interventions (pharmaceutical drugs) these often have unwanted side effects. Some slow us down making living daily lives more difficult rather than easier. Some speed control spikes in hormone reactions. But they do not teach us how to replace the sources of anxiety with reality. This is the crux of the issue.

How I feel to day, what I do today, and who I want to be is my decision. I can choose to be miserable and my energetic fields will be drawn to others whose energy supports my misery.

I can be faced with seemingly insurmountable problems, yet choose not to be overwhelmed by them. I can take affirmative action that turns around my anxiety. I can use physical exercise. I can modify dietary intake of substances that cause mood imbalances. I can sleep longer, laugh more and do things that I enjoy with people I enjoy to stand victorious over my anxious moments. I can discuss my feelings with friends who support my dreams, empower me to reach higher and further and shine to my potential.

Or not.

I can watch the same media I watched yesterday and be distressed by what I see and have my irrational fears consume me. You see, where I invest my time, money and attention is where I choose to live. I control the anxiety scale in my life, so do you.

If however you are stuck and need professional help; one of the best resources in Australia for mental health is Beyond Blue They have an excellent online survey tool to measure your anxiety level. Try it out here >

Another place to go for help online is sane.org Their information is easy to read summarises research and the latest data and free.

Make your own future. Eleanor Roosevelt.
Dreaming alone is failing to enjoy the best part of the experience

September is Mental Health Month. Prepare something to raise awareness, develop a Human Resources initiative to support team members who may have issues, and ensure your staff know that a mental illness is no different from a cut finger: it needs the correct care and attention to ensure it heals correctly.

An individual's power to think is often doubted. Firstly by themselves. This produces verbal statements like, "I am not that smart!" or "I don't know." These statements are not true, yet many go through their whole lives believing them, applying them, living them. What is actually occurring is your reference point something, in this case, knowledge, is not aligned. "I don't know!" is the most ancient cry for learning, education and knowledge. Not being able to say you know something in front of others makes you seem 'stupid'. This sets you up to being pushed out of the 'herd'. The danger in evolutionary terms is you are not able to reproduce and "the species" will die out. The ancient bridge to acceptance became either, "I am not smart, or I don't know." Education opens the door to learning and knowledge. Travel is the antidote of ignorance. The Alpha Potential uses tools which allow you to retrain your brain to think. Yes! You can learn to think. Think better, more creatively and think faster. The Ten Things List is a tool to strengthen the connections between areas of your brain. We use it to teach you to think.

Are You The Only Person Who Feels Like This?

During your up bringing, neural efficiency ensures anything that you do not constantly use is re used for those things that interest you. Sports people for example, learn movement patterns that allow them to perfect skills which make them team or world champions. Other movement pathways throughout their body which are not required for their chosen sport skills are re absorbed to minimise energy consumption. This optimisation of energy maximises the bodies ability to be successful in the area of focus. See this in action when a football team plays tennis, tennis players learn dance or gymnastics, or a rugby team starts a swimming session. Quite simply they are generally terrible!

Take Responsibility for How You Think

Recently one of our clients began the "10 Things Lists" and recorded his version on his blog site. Head over to A Stuntman's Guide to learn how the application of a very simple process strengthens your neural connections. It has some terrific side effects also. In just 10 days you will have 100 ideas. In 100 days, you will have 1,000 ideas about all sorts of things. Your brain's co-lateral and fore to hindbrain connections will physically change. Statistically, if you record 1,000 ideas, you will have at least 3 things that are worth developing into something for the future. Check out A Stuntman's Guide and tell us what happens for you. 2 minutes per day so you never have to say, "I don't know" again. Try to replace it with, "I haven't learned it yet", or "I will find out!" We are grateful to Brett Solomano's simple description of how to use the "10 Things List" Wally Salinger is a Mindset Coach who focuses on the results his clients seek. He has owned small businesses and worked with Executives and Startups. His methods are backed by international universities and experts in their field of study.

Small business normally operates at one end of the extreme spectrum. Until you have conducted a small business you don't understand what a 'struggle' is; just like a person who has always had enough to eat does not understand the meaning of hunger or desperation. If business is booming, the pressure of delivery, growth, physical stress of staying on top of things leaves many business owners in one of two situations; working too many hours without balance or so far removed from their business they don't see what to do next.