Thoughts generate feelings. Feelings create beliefs. Beliefs are the filter that distort facts and destroys courage.

From the earliest times of your existence you receive somewhere between 3,000,000 to 10,000,000 brain imprints, each and every month. Regrettably, much of the imprinting comes before you are old enough to take any degree of control or resistance.

Here’s the rub: the vast majority of those imprints are deeply negative or even toxic.

Because of all this imprinting your beliefs are established as early as age 6, 7 or 8. Yikes! And it doesn’t end there. As you navigate through life, school and business you intensify your already deeply held beliefs of ages 6, 7 or 8 by continuing to get your monthly dose of 3 million to 10 million negative imprints. The result? Atelophobia!

Atelophobia is the fear of: “never being good enough”.

Rarely, if ever, do people have the courage to admit, express or even recognize atelophobia. Quite the contrary. Most of us have difficulty acknowledging the trauma of atelophobia to ourselves never mind admitting it to anyone else. Instead, we mask it, attempt to hide it, with a wide variety of tactics including silence, bravado, affirmations, effort, alcohol or drugs, resilience, settling for less, putting up with crap, denial and determination, to name but a few.

Thoughts generate feelings. Feelings create beliefs. Beliefs are the filter that distort facts and destroys courage.

So how do we best deal with atelophobia? From research conducted and the science and art from many experts in human behavior and world-class performance, atelophobia is little more than a story we tell ourselves. It’s our own internal dialogue, a self-created story going on inside your head.

So … Make up a new story! Write a new one!

Quit telling yourself: “I’m not good enough”. Instead, try asking yourself: “What could I do, what would I do if I were good enough?” “What dream would I pursue?” “What potential could I reach?”

Construct a superior courage quota. Manage thoughts and think differently. From thinking differently, you will believe differently, and develop empowering beliefs. And don’t allow “facts” to get in the way of your dreams.

To your success!