How Great Leaders Manage Anxiety | Mark Metry (Part 1)

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Not all entrepreneurs are extroverts. In fact, many entrepreneurs self identify as introverts and on top of that will claim to have some social anxiety both in business and personal situations.

Mark Metry suffered from social anxiety for many years, without even realizing what it was. Mark had thought he was introverted for much of his life, never realizing that he was actually suffering from social anxiety.

Mark even got to the point of being depressed and suicidal. At one pivotal point in Mark’s journey, he began processing his feelings. One revelation he had that helped heal him was realizing that he was trapped in his head. 

The start of overcoming his anxiety was the realization that he was not his thoughts. This sent him delving into the neuroscience behind thoughts and what makes them subconscious vs. conscious thoughts.

Understanding this difference helped Mark begin reversing out of his depression and suicidal thoughts. 

Mark uses the cognitive bias codex to help understand how to hack his brain function. Our brain has effects and illusions that help create our reality. The spotlight effect is one of these illusions that heavily impacts people with social anxiety.

The brain is the hardware that houses the mind. If the brain is the hardware, the mind is the software. Both have to be in sync in order for you to have good mental health.

How to shift your belief system that your brain holds:

Rebuild the foundation of your brain from the ground up. 

Go in layer by layer and rebuild your house.

It’s a combination of science – the gut microbiome has a lot to do with it. We have multiple layers of consciousness from bacteria in the gut microbiome. Serotonin is a neurotransmitter that is designed to figure out where you fit in society – your status. It goes off partial information, so it may be partly right and partly wrong.

90% of the serotonin neurotransmitter is processed in the gut microbiome, based on the food you eat and the stress levels you have.

“The 2nd Brain” is the name of the gut microbiome.

Your brain creates algorithms and stores them in the brain. 

When you are stuck in anxiety, you have to get your brain out of the cycle.

Join us for Part 2 of this interview to get the tactical steps for overcoming anxiety.

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