Acting from a place of “Fear of Failure” is life’s true “F-Bomb”(squared). It is our true self-imposed biological weapon of choice and the most executed act of terrorism across humanity. Amazingly our neuro-programming and intrinsic brain wiring is often more technical and stubborn to re-route than a tangible weapon of warfare.
In our brains, there are two different systems for negative and positive stimuli. The amygdala uses approximately two thirds of its neurons to detect negative experiences, and once the brain starts looking for bad news, it is stored into long-term memory quickly. Positive experiences have to be held in our awareness for more than 12 seconds in order for the transfer from short-term to long-term memory.
Our brains are like magnets for negative experience integration and repellants for positive experience integration. This hardly seems fair, right? The simple explanation reverts back to our Cro-Magnon kin and their critical need to remember environmental dangers (e.g. saber-toothed tigers) and other life threatening caveman variables. Hence is the reason why our failures are always held near and not so dear to our hearts.
The traditional definition of FAILURE:
- lack of success; failing
- unsuccessful person or thing
Nothing sends horror through our human psyche more that the prospective thought of Failure. The true F-word. The red mark of shame. Decades of and academic conditioning bring this to light in the most visceral sense.