We all have it whether we like it or not. Some of us have much more than others. Some of us manage it and use it to our betterment. But most people tend to drown in it. Some fears are good and assist us in improving our situation, keeping us out of harms way, or alerting us to potentially dangerous situations. But most fears are ghosts, specters, goblins that have no basis in reality and handcuff and shackle us almost to the point of paralysis. These fears serve no purpose other than to destroy our lives. They prohibit us from being successful.
Srinivasan S. Pillay, M.D., a world-renowned brain expert and an assistant clinical professor of psychiatry at Harvard Medical School states it beautifully:
For you to become successful, you don’t have to do much. You are already successful. The problem is that you are standing in your own way. Negative thoughts disrupt the way your brain sketches out success plans, and the type of thoughts you have determine how successful you are. Passive thoughts of success, such as, “I want to be successful” will not activate the action centers of your brain to create the successful action or behavior that you want…. They may make you feel positive, but your brain will not interpret them as instructions to do what is needed for you to be successful.
Srinivasan S. Pillay, M.D
These negative thoughts manifest themselves in our fears. And merely engaging in positive thoughts is not sufficient to override or dispel these negative beliefs we have about ourselves. You must take constant and consistent action to change your belief system, to eradicate the old and implement a new, more powerful foundation of beliefs. Positive thinking has its place but it must be utilized in conjunction with emotional envisioning, establishing written goals, and massive action just to name a few steps that will help you to be the person you were meant to be.