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WHAT IF I FAIL AGAIN?

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Failure is the opportunity to begin again, only more intelligently. – Henry Ford.

Are you scared of taking on a challenge all because you think you might not succeed? Are you holding yourself back from starting that project because you are scared you might fail? Or are you just so afraid of failing that it causes you to be stuck or moving on? Or you hesitate from trying, thinking you are not good enough?

Everyone has experienced failure at one point or another but that doesn’t have to hinder you from trying neither does it have to be the end of it. More often than not, to succeed at times we need to have failed at a point. Failure is a way of learning to think of better ways to achieve our set goals in order to come out with excellent outcomes better than we ever thought.

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Funny it may seem that what a person may categorize as failure may just be an opportunity to learn for another. The thought of failing can be scary, true; but when you are so scared of failing that you allow it stop you from doing something that will bring your progress, hence, causing you to be stuck and hinder you from progressing, you are experiencing what is referred to as ‘Atychiphobia’ – fear of failure.

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A person is said have phobia when he/she has an extreme, unreasonable or irrational fear of something or situations as a result of being exposed to certain situations, objects, places or creatures. A person is said to have ‘Atychiphobia’ if he/she is experiencing persistent, recurrent and irrational fear of failure.

Phobias like ‘Atychiphobia’ can be so extreme that they completely paralyze you, making it difficult to carry on with your tasks at home, school, or work. You may even miss out on important opportunities in your life, both personally and professionally.

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Failure does one of two things: it will either keep you stuck or get you moving!

CAUSES OF ATYCHIPHOBIA

It may be difficult to say what the real cause behind one’s fear of failure is but one is likely to have a fear of failure if:

  1. You have watched other people fail and perhaps not able to recover from it. This is called ‘Observational Learning Experience’.
  2. You heard or read stories about other people’s experience and as a result, you developed fear of failure. This is called ‘Informational Learning Experience’.
  3. You have had personal past experiences of failure that resulted in serious consequences; for example, losing a job.

SYMPTOMS OF ATYCHIPHOBIA

The symptoms range in severity from mildly severe to extremely severe. You may experience some of these symptoms if have a fear of failure:-

  1. You may feel reluctant to explore new things or ideas or take on challenging tasks.
  2. When you have a low self-esteem or lack of confidence in yourself.
  3. Uttering negative statements like ‘I am not good enough to take on that project’.
  4. When you are fond of procrastinating; that is, postponing your set out goals because you too scared of starting.
  5. If you are only willing to try as long as you certain that the outcome will be positive – perfectionism.

Other symptoms may include;

  1. Intense feeling of panic or anxiety.
  2. A serious need to escape a situation that produces the fear.
  3. Feeling detached from yourself.
  4. When you feel you don’t have control over a situation
  5. When you generally feel powerless over your fear.

HOW TO OVERCOME YOUR FEAR OF FAILURE

  • If you are experiencing Atychiphobia, the first step to overcoming it is to believe in yourself that you are good enough and try again.
  • It’s best to seek the help of a professional, a psychotherapist or perhaps a Certified Psychologist for Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT). This will give you exposure to the tools that you need to overcome your fear of failure.

For more information on the therapy procedures visit our website on www.mobilehealthconsult.org and remember to follow @DrMorayoJimoh on twitter.

 

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SETTING THE PACE FOR 2017!

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It’s interesting how a whole year can go by so fast and then just like that another year starts. At the beginning of the year like this, almost everyone seems to be trying their best to get used to the “new year”. Certainly at this period, some of us may still find ourselves making funny errors such as, noting 2016 instead of 2017 when we are required to indicate the current date. Well, it may take a while to fully adjust to the new year. Talking about making adjustments, we also have to make necessary adjustments in our lives as well to set the pace for a great year!

If you didn’t achieve so much at the end of last year, here’s a fresh opportunity to do better. 2017, for the most part is an unwritten story or an unpainted canvas in our individual lives, you are the author as well as the painter. You have the blank sheets and the writing materials right in your hands, you also have the paint brush and the canvas on which to colour the 2017 you so desire.

It will be immensely beneficial if you can intentionally set the right pace for the rest of the year. This should get you thinking, really thinking about all aspects of your life from family, academic, spiritual, social, emotional, career, health and so on.

Asides the plans and objectives you may have set to achieve this year, the pace you set towards achieving them is expedient in determining how well you meet your set objectives at the end of the year.  

NOW IS A GOOD TIME TO START!

Once the pace is set, it will pave the way for the accomplishment of your goals. The following tips will be helpful;

  • Resolve to live healthy this year: be mindful of your health by eating balanced diets, exercising regularly, staying hydrated always, going for routine checkups, resting well, sleeping well, relaxing as much as possible and please don’t leave out fun.  Take charge of your health!
  • Resolve to occupy your heart with positivity. Don’t give permanent residency to negativity in your heart. In fact, let there be no room to accommodate negativity.
  • Give yourself another chance when needed and never let your “another chance” be exhaustible. Don’t give up on yourself!
  • Give others “another chance” as well
  • Be open to ideas and explore other options of doing things
  • Be more committed in everything you do
  • Avoid procrastination
  • Have a daily to-do list and see to it that you follow through with it.

Before we get so caught up in the busyness of every day of this year, ensure you set a good pace for the rest of the year. Then will you be able to paint on that canvas of yours more appropriately and will be great year for you.

Happy New Year!

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Writing a Better You

WritingSummer and this time of the year generally means different things to various people, for some, it is an opportunity to embark on a compulsory holiday break no matter how short. For some others, it is a time to work harder or smarter in order to save up for the end of the year and for another group of people, this period signifies an opportunity to unleash all the saved up stress from the beginning of the year! Whatever meaning you hold for this time of the year, one thing that is certain for all is that it marks the second half of the year which should be an opportunity for everyone to take stock of the past months and check to see how well they have fared with regards to goal attainment for the year.

Remember the goals you set at the beginning of the year?

Take this time out to revisit them…

How much of them have you achieved?

How much of them are left?

Endeavor to make adequate plans to achieve the rest of your goals

During this summer, let’s get a bit more practical on goal attainment by taking advantage of the art of writing meditation. The technique involved in this is to be absolutely present and focused during the writing process.

To do this, you’ll require the following simple tools:Journal

  • A pen
  • A journal or notebook
  • A quiet and serene environment

Duration:- 10 to 15 minutes

Theme: LOVING-KINDNESS WRITING MEDITATION

Before you begin, resolve, to be consistent with this practice as better results are achieved with consistency and discipline.

While sitting comfortably, simply copy the verses below by hand in your journal, every day for about 10-15 minutes. While copying, make an effort to be present and conscious of what you are writing. Reflect carefully on each letter, word, sentence and what they mean as you write. You may copy it once the first time you try, however, subsequent sessions may increase.  Any time of the day is fine, but it is preferably done in the morning. After a few days, notice how your thinking and behaviour will begin to change. It’s important to do the exercise consistently. The practice is most effective if it’s done every day for several months. 

Let’s begin;

LOVING-KINDNESS MEDITATION

“May I be healthy and strong.

May I be safe and protected.

May I be peaceful and free from mental, emotional,

and physical suffering.

May I be happy and joyful.

May I be patient and understanding.

May I be loving, kind, compassionate,

and gentle in my ways.

May I be courageous in dealing with difficulties,

and always meet with success.

May I be diligent and committed to my spiritual practice,

and to helping others along their path.

May my True Nature shine through,

and onto all beings I encounter”

Remember to think and reflect deeply on every word and sentence as you write…

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As you write these sentences and meditate on them, just keep in mind that you deserve love, happiness, kindness and sound mind/health. So whether you are already on a summer vacation, or still negotiating what to do with your time this period, incorporating this practice into your itinerary  will be much more than beneficial not only for the entire summer period but also afterwards.

Let us guide you to have a memorable summer experience!

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