People are born with the need to achieve. Sometimes, it is the thought patterns that keep people from success. Thoughts and emotions are intricately related, with thoughts resulting in feelings. So, the thoughts you choose can determine the way you feel.
Emotions can be improved by changing thoughts
Thoughts are mental cognitions including our ideas, opinions, and beliefs about ourselves and the world around us. They are shaped by life experiences, genetics, and education, which are generally under conscious control. Emotions can be regarded as the flow and experience of feelings, such as joy, sadness, anger, or fear.
Your worldview is influenced by the balance between your thoughts and emotions. If you act more in accordance with your emotions, knowing and understanding what you are feeling will help you be effective in making wise choices. In other words, if you are aware of your fear of failure for example, you have the choice to overcome it by improving your thought patterns.
Fear of failure also derives from your thoughts
Fear of failure is medically known as atychiphobia. Not everyone will experience this type of fear in the same way. Four causes are frequently seen among people with atychiphobia.
First, the ego may lead people to over-identify with failures. It is hard for them to look beyond failure at things like extenuating circumstances and growth opportunities.
Second, perfectionism is often at the root of the fear of failure. For perfectionists, failure is so terrible and humiliating that they only try those things that they will finish perfectly and successfully.
Third, persons with fragile self-confidence avoid risks. They would rather play it safe than try something new. However, people with true confidence know they will not always succeed.
Fourth, hyper-critical adults in a person’s childhood can cause them to internalize damaging mindsets. They can feel the constant need to ask for permission and reassurance and carry this need for validation into adulthood.
Five ideas you can begin with to improve your thought pattern
First, everyone experiences failure, so do not take such a universal human experience personally.
Second, not taking any action towards your goals is the equivalent of declining an opportunity. Do not jump to the conclusion that failure will carry great consequences.
Third, failure is a valuable life experience because it offers us great opportunities to learn and grow.
Fourth, your self-worth is not determined by success or failure. You are worthy because you are human.
Last, keeping the status quo can come at a great cost, taking you away from pursuing your fullest potential.
Many of us are sometimes afraid of failing, but it is important to realize that we always have a choice to get rid of fear.