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Master the Chaos of a Global Pandemic Part 1 – Understanding Fear

Mar 18, 2020

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  • It’s okay to feel fear. I do too.
  • Pain is guaranteed. Suffering is our choice.
  • We have a survival-based mind and this is the first time it’s actually been needed in a long time. Your brain is doing its job. But it will make you miserable.
  • Happiness was never canceled.
  • Positivity isn’t pretending a problem doesn’t exist. It’s putting yourself in the right mindset to solve the problem.
  • Watch the video for the full training.
  • If you’ve noticed that you haven’t quite felt like yourself lately, or you’ve been more negative angry and panicked, this is a must-listen.
  • If you want to successfully navigate widespread panic and be an example for your family, your audience and society, this is a must-watch!


Welcome to The Path To Mindset Mastery! My name is Brad Bizjack! I’m a Mindset Strategist and Coach, inspirational speaker, and creator of Appreciation Academy and I help online business owner’s breakthrough all the negative self-talk holding you back from your dreams so you can finally see the success you deserve! This is the weekly spot to break through everything that’s holding you back from the life you really want!

I want to thank you for being here. My hope is that this provides you with the tools and strategies you need, not just to make it through this global pandemic of the Coronavirus, but equips you with the tools to get you through any sort of chaotic part of your life in the future. This is about mastering chaos because you can choose to be emotionally centered right NOW.

This Coronavirus is going to get way worse before it gets better…And I know you feel that right now. There's so much uncertainty in the world right now…

Schools are closing.

Professional sports teams are canceling their seasons.

The World Health Organization has officially labeled this as a pandemic.

Simply put…it's been just an insane week!

And I'm here to tell you that there's a way you can get through this and not just make it through, but do it with a smile and do it moving your life forward! Otherwise, that feeling of negativity that's been coming over you (that we all feel right now) it's only going to get worse. So, let’s breakthrough that!

You can choose to get your mind back right now because right now your spirit has been taken from you. The world is going to a place of reactivity and negativity. And I'm here to tell you that you can gain control back of your mind and when you do, it will be one of the proudest moments of your life.

So currently, everyone is freaking out about the Coronavirus (and rightly so!) It's a very real thing. But last week I started to notice (I don't know about you) that I was feeling more negative.

I was feeling more anxious.

I was feeling more overwhelmed.

I wasn't feeling as hungry

I wasn’t feeling as driven

I wasn’t feeling as passionate as I normally am.

Then I started to get really confused. I just remember feeling like…this isn't me. This isn't who I am!

I normally feel so much better than this. I normally feel so much more positive than this. And I looked at what I was doing, and I had literally stopped doing the things that make me feel good. 

So, of course, I felt bad! And this is true whether there's a global pandemic going on or not. If you stopped doing the things that make you feel good, you won't feel good. Over the last 12 years, it's been really easy to feel good, right?!  We haven’t had a major crisis in those 12 years. So, I’m not used to this and you’re probably not used to this either. So, I was thinking…

“What is going on with me?! Something must be wrong!”

What I'm going to teach you over the next few episodes is exactly what I did to recenter myself- to get back to feeling like me (and feeling great!)  

Over the next couple of weeks, I’m going to show you how to deal with uncertainty.  I’m going to teach you how to lead during chaotic times and how to have some perspective and find the opportunity here. There is always an opportunity to be a leader at times when the world panics.

Where does fear come from?

Our brains are wired to keep us alive. Our brains are not wired to make us happy. Our brains are not wired to make sure that we go after big goals. Our brains are not wired to make sure that we get our business off the ground. Our brains are specifically wired to protect us from pain, to avoid things that could be a threat to us.

The reason for this is because millions of years ago we had this red reptilian brain and we weren't worried about things like…let's say an Instagram live to build a business or inviting to build a business or putting yourself out there and starting an ad or spending money on a coach or something like that. We weren't worried about that! We were worried about the saber tooth tiger hiding in the bushes that was going to eat our baby. We were worried about real fear-based things taking our life from us. That's what we are worried about.

Since 2001, we really haven't had to deal with anything that was actually a threat to our health. So, we started equating doing an Instagram live or investing in a business to death threats on our lives! We don't have those same threats very often anymore, but we do have the same mind and that mind is wired to protect us from pain.

Well, right now in the world there is something going on that is a very real threat. It is very real! It is very scary. People are dying. It's real. And that fear-based mind is triggered (and rightly so!) But we need to learn how to break through that fear if we're going to feel fully alive on a regular basis.

Whatever you focus on, you're going to feel.

Let me ask you this…What are you focused on right now with everything going on in the world?!

Do you have CNN or Fox on in the background all day? Are you consuming social media on a regular basis? I'm not denying that these things are happening, but I'm asking you what is your focus going towards right now? Because whatever you focus on, you will feel (whether it’s real or not!)

Right now, if you feel worried for your kids' lives (or health) and your spouse and grandparents…

If you feel worried about that, you will feel like that thing is actually happening (even if it’s not!)

I challenge you to take a look right now at what you’re focused on. What are you searching for right now? Where is your mind going? Is your mind going to how the sports teams stopped their professional seasons? Or is your mind going to how there is X number of deaths? Is your mind going to how there's this many cases in the United States or Italy or whatever it is? Where is your mind going right now?! Now notice…what emotions do these things bring up?





It feels like the world is ending?!

It feels like this big cloud is over your head and it feels real (meaning you feel personally affected by what's going on in the world because your focus is going to what could go wrong in the future for you).

 Check your focus!

When you focus on what is wrong, you will feel massive amounts of fear and it feels real in the body. It's a physical thing. Think about how tense you've been over the last couple of weeks. (There is no judgment here. This is normal!) Think about how overwhelmed you have felt.

Think about how panicked you have felt and what does that feel like in your body? It's not a good place to be! The reason for this is because you're focused on what's missing from your life or what could be missing from your life or what could go wrong. You're focused on the future that hasn't happened yet, and you've forgotten what gratitude is.

You've forgotten what being the example is.

You've forgotten your habits.

Your mind is being taken from you.

If you take a look at the world right now, it's teaching you to go into a state of reactivity.

My challenge to you is to start coming from a place of proactivity.

What do I mean by that? Intentionally flooding your mind with things that make you feel good. You can either choose to be positive or negative. You get to choose!

What is positivity? Positivity isn't denying that negative things are happening. All positivity does is it puts you in a state of being your best self during it.

This is a great time to also be an example for your family!  For your spouse and/or kids! Are you freaking out? Being negative? In a state of panic?! OR Are you being yourself?  The parent you always are? Positive? Fun? A leader?

Remember who you are (and who you are NOT!)

If you are consuming this podcast, you are someone that cares deeply about your personal growth. You want your life to move forward in a beautiful way. You care so much about advancing your life. So, remember who you are!

Are you someone that is consumed by this? Are you someone that lives in fear? (Not denying that this is very real! Do the right thing. Take responsibility for your health. Keep yourself inside. Keep your kids inside 100%!) But are you forgetting who you really are? Have you let some of those routines and habits go that have made you feel fully alive? Have you been living in fear and overwhelm?

It's impossible not to feel the negative energy in the world, but what if you could be the breath of fresh air? What if you could be the person that was the beacon of light during this time? What if you became the breath of fresh air for your family and friends that are scared?! Not by denying the problem and pretending it doesn't exist, but by choosing to have a beautiful mindset along the way!  

My call to action:

Share this podcast! Help people reframe their mindset and be a leader when the world needs it the most! If we can spread this message to as many people as possible, it will help them change their life and regain control of their mind.

Thank you so much for tuning into The Path To Mindset Mastery

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