Yes! It’s true.
Chris Evans, actor, widely-known as Captain America, recently opened up about his struggle with anxiety and “brain noise.” In his interview, he admitted to turning down the role of Captain America multiple times. Taking the role meant he was committing to six movies and a decade of his life. This lack of control and commitment freaked him out.
But eventually he came around.
Evans also shared a Hulk-Sized lesson about “brain noise” and battling negative thoughts.
“The root of suffering is following that
brain noise and listening to that brain
noise and actually identifying with it
as if it’s who you are.”
He hit it on the head! Negative thoughts (or Brain Noise) can be awful…make us feel like garbage…make us feel unworthy… but they get exponentially worse when you believe it’s who you really are.
I’ve sang this melody before but it bares repeatin’:
You are NOT your thoughts.
You are WAY more than your thoughts.
Your thoughts may be things spouted out by your parents…previous significant other… coworkers… friends…
(That’s one reason why who you surround yourself with is so important)
Or your thoughts come from what you read… watch… listen to…
(“You are what you eat” applies with information too)
But when you realize your thoughts are NOT you.
You can rise above them… and take back control of them.
One more nugget Evans shared:
“Maybe the thing you’re most scared of is exactly what you should do.
Maybe this is actually what you should push yourself into”
Cheers to that Captain America
P.S. Negative thoughts are a huge hurdle for most people. Fortunately there are dozens of tools for overcoming them. There’s too many to list here but one of my all-time favorites is from a clinical psychologist (who consulted the British government, Walt Disney, U.S. Navy, Bank of America, and many others). And he sheds light on not just how to quiet that “brain noise” but how to “retrain it” so that it supports you... so it encourages you… I didn’t think it was possible, until I ran across this wild technique. It’s been one of my favorite tools when working with private clients. Learn more about it here.