You probably know adrenaline (also known as Adrenalin and Epinephrin) as the fight-or-flight hormone. When you are under stress, several hormones, most prominently cortisol and adrenaline suppress your body’s nonessential functions, while boosting your energy supplies. These powerful hormones communicate with the parts of your brain that control mood, fear, and motivation.
One of adrenaline’s positive effects is an enhanced ability to focus, while suppressing annoying bodily functions like sneezing and coughing. It enables you to be so in-the-moment that you are able to accomplish what you otherwise could not, without distraction by your own body. For example, you never see Broadway singers cough or sneeze — even during cold season. While they are performing, they have increased stress hormone levels, and therefore operate in a state of total focus.
Although you don’t want to over-use your body’s stress response system, feeling driven and passionate toward a mission, feeling an exhilarating sense of urgency, creates naturally induced adrenaline, which can go a long way in helping you to further your mission in life. Passion and purpose open up new strengths and possibilities. Can you imagine waking up in the morning excited to fulfill your purpose in life, the way a competitive athlete wakes up excited for a match? It’s possible, and it is a surefire way to bridge the gap between body and spirit.
Exercise: Think of ways you can get your adrenaline naturally flowing during your normal day. Then go for it, and enjoy the focus and energy! Journal about it on MyMLC.