Understanding our Flight or Fight response

Mindset / Motivation

Understanding our Flight or Fight response

Imagine a cat and mouse fight. 


We don’t usually see a Tom and Jerry scenario in real life.


The mouse is often scared and runs helter-skelter to save itself. 


Instead of thinking of ways to deal with the problem, the mouse is mostly in “Flight” mode and running away. 


The only time a mouse can think about “Fighting” is when it’s cornered. 


However, not all mice can fight, and we can only imagine what happens when a mouse is cornered. 


In life, we are often in either cat’s corner or the mouse’s. 


How we deal with the situation can tell much about our default response to challenges.


Although “Flight” isn’t a bad option, and our safety is of prime importance, we must be prepared to deal with challenges head-on when the situation demands.


Our “Fight-mode” doesn’t necessarily have to be aggressive or violent, although that’s the first thing that comes to mind. 


Staying calm under pressure, preparing for adversity and challenges and focusing on our skills and capabilities is the best way forward. 


Learning new skills must remain the number one priority. 


Adapting to the environment and building mental, physical and emotional resilience is essential to long-term survival and success. 


What skills can you bring to the table when things get tough? 


How can you determine what your “fight” response will be?

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