They say we only use 5-10% of our brain’s full potential.
A statement I tend to agree with.
Understanding ourselves better, including our brains, is always the first step in tapping into what’s possible, within, and all around us.
Hacking the brain
Did you know that fear and excitement share the same set of neurotransmitters, including dopamine, glutamate, and acetylcholine.
- Opposite emotions. Identical neurotransmitters.
- Same neural activity. Different cognitive appraisal.
And the best way to shift from performance anxiety to excitement is to say one sentence on repeat.
Journal of Experimental Psychology. 2014, Volume 143
Watch my latest YouTube video “Shifting from anxiety to excitement” to discover the simple phrase for shifting out of nervousness during high anxiety situations.
- Including the Harvard Business School research substantiating this practice.
And learn why telling someone to “calm down” when they’re anxious rarely works.
One small change.. 🧠
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Great tip Andrea! I am excited! 🙂
Yes! And I am excited 💯 for you! Thank you for watching the video Brad. We have so much untapped potential. Sometimes we just need a little 🧠 nudge to help us reach up high.
Thank you Andrea. 💯
What a perfect, effective strategy to implement in so many situations. I will use it myself and informally with others. Keeping current with the research makes you
a very effective professor Dr. D. ❤️❤️Dr. Di. Loved your inspirational video
Hello Dr. Di!
I can feel the excitement in your words!
Thank you for taking the time to watch my video blog (Vlog) too https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Jwisq9hn8q0
I put so much heart and soul into what I do. Knowing that at least one person found it helpful makes it ALL worthwhile.
Enjoy your weekend Mom!
The best is yet to come..
Dr. D. 🌹❤️🏡
I have known this for some time – and it works! Great tip.
Thanks VJ! I love hearing when a suggested technique works. Wishing you a weekend filled with wonder & excitement 💥
Right back at you!
This is so cool, Andrea!! Firstly, I love your video and how you present. You have a calm, enthusiastic presence that’s contagious (joyfully). Also, I love the simple message to say “I’m excited.” as a way to reframe what’s going on in the brain. I knew that anxiety and excitement were caused by the same neurotransmitters, AND this affirmation is new to me. Thank you.
Lots of loving. Keep going!
You always know how to add pep to my step! Thanks so much Debbie. For watching the video, reading the post, and for your very encouraging feedback. Especially considering how long you’ve been successfully Blogging AND Vlogging. May your weekend be filled with joy and excitement! 💃❤️
Living in Excitement instead of in Fear – what a wonderful concept. Thank you for the wonderful tip I shall try to remember to use it when required. Have a great weekend.
Did you have a chance to watch my video?
That’s where you’ll find the specific advice.
Happy Friday Barbara! 🧠 🎥
This was my first time watching one of your videos and I was so happy that I did. Clear and to the point. Loved it and I will try it myself. I had heard of this a while back but didn’t really think that it would work. By understanding the why behind it, I find I am more likely to try something. Thank you so much!
Thanks for reading Diane! And for your input. I especially appreciate your feedback on my video. I’m trying to change it up a bit on my blog, in order to capture the hearts and minds of my millennial students. Short videos seem to do the trick! Andrea 🙂
Thank you for your video, I keep thinking about doing some videos for myself, time to turn my thoughts around to I’m excited, I’m excited.
Thank you again.
I really loved this and I think I know now how to change my nervousness to excitement… thank you so much for sharing this with us 🙂
Your welcome! I hope you enjoyed the 2 minute video Vlog too.
Yes, I did loved that…It was the icing on cake. 🙂
You just made my day! 🎂💗
A little background; I am a senior at Texas A&M San Antonio, Psych major/Bio minor. I plan on going into a neurocognitive PhD program post undergrad degree. Your post is insightful and well researched. I will definitely use this tool in my life. TY
Hello There! Thank you for weighing in on this topic and sharing your background and experience. You have chosen a fantastic career pathway. I appreciate your feedback!
I’ve used this inconsistently throughout adulthood. Never knew why it worked. I considered it a pep talk to myself. It’s pleasing to discover there’s science behind it. Now that I’m aware, I’m instituting its regular use. Thanks for another excellent tip. Cheers
I always love hearing from you. Your input on my blog is invaluable.
(Self) pep talks are the best, aren’t they! Sometimes I even clap for myself. It seems to get the energy moving… I wrote about it here: https://drandreadinardo.com/2017/08/23/staying-motivated-in-the-midst-of-a-challenge/
Have a great day!
Thank you, doctor. I enjoy and appreciate your posts, in return. I’ve learned much about myself as I’ve matured. Chief among these are adjustment and coping mechanisms, and that, like my body, my mind, emotions, and attitudes aren’t static. It’s all amazingly dynamic. I always need more information to try to understand myself. It’s not a bad thing, but intriguing.
I repeat affirmations and I guess that is my reframing.
Loved your post and video.
Thanks Bella! Affirmations are a wonderful form of reframing. I use them too. And they work beautifully.
I also wanted to express my gratitude for taking the time to read the post and watch my 2 minute video. I’m trying to change it up a bit on my blog, in order to capture the hearts and minds of my millennial students. Short videos seem to do the trick! That said, writing will always be my first love.
Have a wonderful week!
Yeah the video short with just enough info to get the learning point across.
“Simple things on repeat change the world” definitely a worthy quotable Dr. D!
Thanks Dr. G!! That means so much coming from you. You’ve dedicated a whole blog series to quotes. And I just can’t help myself from saying this one, every time I “produce” a video. Have a wonderful day! Dr. D 🙂
Thanks, Andrea. I’ll give it a try.
You have an incredible week too!
Most excellent Norah! Let me know how the anxiety –> excitement self-talk (SHIFT) goes.
Thank you much Andrea. I shall definitely put your top tip to good use. 🌼
Always wonderful to find you here Brigid! Wishing you equal parts excitement and peace as you journey through the week. Andrea xo
It’s nice to see more clinical opinions and experiences on here. Great post. Keep doing you!
Love this! Great article…thank you for sharing! 🙂
My pleasure! Thank you for taking the time to read the post and watch my 2 minute video. I’m trying to change it up a bit on my blog, in order to capture the hearts and minds of my millennial students. Short videos seem to do the trick! That said, writing will always be my first love.
“Death and life are in the power of the tongue “ proverbs 18: 21
I’m beginning to think scriptures were actually pages from self-help books 😊
I’m going to try this the next time I feel an emotional eating binge is about to hit! Thank you!
The proverbs are my favourite. And what a perfect choice Mel. Wishing you excitement and positivity the next time temptation strikes. One thing I know for sure is how strong you are. In spirit, body, and mind. Which is why… that cupcake (tray) has nothing on you!
Thank you for sharing this, Andrea. If we can reframe our thinking then we can achieve anything. Have a super day and week!
Have a wonderful week too Syl! Thank you for taking the time to visit my blog and lift my spirits with your feedback.
Thank you, Andrea! My pleasure and you’re welcome always.
My brain is currently under construction. I have a huge life change that happened not in my control so I’m still picking up pieces and putting things back together. I’m also retraining my brain. I find that the extra effort I’m spending is so helpful and healing so thankful for that! Love your posts as always ❤
So proud of you Michelle Marie. Even in the hardest of times, you always reach for the light.🌞
Awe thank you sweet friend. I have to because the darkness is scary 🤗❤️😘
Love the quick video — straight to the point / understanding the brain.
Thanks for the video feedback! This was my intention in creating this particular video. Wonderful knowing my message was on point. 🎥💥
Wonderful stuff, Andrea! Thanks very much for sharing. BTW, absolutely loved your graphics. Just super!
Thanks Tony! I had so much fun putting this post together. The brain GIF was my favourite. Definitely encourages readers, to stop, and stay awhile. 🙂
I saw a video on this last year, and I had actually forgotten about this concept… So thank you for reminding me. It actually has helped me when I remember to reframe my anxious moments.
I always love hearing when fellow bloggers are reminded of their own toolkit / strengths when reading a post of mine.
And as you write above, the idea of renaming anxiety as excitement “has helped me when I remember to reframe my anxious moments.
Let this little note be another reminder to stay in the joy / excitement zone! 😉
I’ll try this with my daughter, she’s got two wobbly teeth and they’re very wobbly and the new ones are coming.
Whenever I ask her to let me help her pulling them out, her screams reach the end of the road 😂.
She wasn’t like that before. She didn’t even notice that Ipulled them out. I’ll try this one.
Thanks for sharing!
Checking in to see how the “reframing” of your daughter’s baby teeth as “exciting” versus “scary” went for you.
Hopefully, you were able to coax her into a place of “tooth fairy” exhilaration!
Absolutely fascinating, Dr. Dinardo! This is the first time I’ve heard of the 2014 study.
It strikes me as very significant for more than one reason. Not only is it of practical use, but it collaborates other studies showing how the same neurotransmitter can evoke seemingly different emotions due to the brain’s appraisal of it.
I’ve got a young friend who could really benefit from this information since he’s somewhat skeptical of positive psychology.
Thank you so much for posting this.
Thanks for the feedback Paul! And you are correct when you say skepticism falls away when faced with scientific proof.
Cheers to a week filled with excitement and new adventures! Life’s too short to be sidelined by negative appraisal.
“Look for the good” and you will find it..