5 emotions that generate limiting thoughts and behaviours

Our thoughts are triggered primarily by how we feel at a given moment or situation. When our emotions are consistently negative, our thoughts will be consistently negative. And since our brain transforms thoughts into behaviour, it is obvious that we will behave in ways that are not conducive to success and well-being.

The following 5 emotions could be preventing you from finding happiness. They will bring out the worst, rather than the best in you. Control your emotions and the resulting thoughts and behaviours and you will begin to understand why happiness and personal success are often so elusive.

1. Fear

Fear of failure, fear of taking risks, fear of change, fear of rejection... we are bombarded by countless fears that can paralyse us unless we learn to take control of them, because fear equals inaction.

5 emotions that generate fearful thoughts

Be aware of your specific fears and learn to control them with positive self-talk, affirmations and meditation. You can also eliminate fears by facing them and reflecting on whether they are justified. In most cases, they are not. And in most cases. Fear can be eliminated with nothing more than good planning.

2. Insecurity

Insecurity includes financial insecurity, job insecurity or emotional insecurity resulting from unhealthy relationships. It is not difficult to see how this emotion can consume your self-confidence and feed your deepest fears.

Overcome insecurities by taking action. This could include seeing a financial advisor, honing your job skills, or improving (or getting out of) unhealthy relationships.
When you start taking positive actions to eliminate insecurities, your brain will register this and continue to keep you proactive and confident.

3. Anger

Anger is a toxic emotion that poisons your brain and body by raising stress hormone levels. Whether you express your anger in unhealthy outbursts or suppress it, the result is the same: low moods, metal fog and lack of motivation.

Deal with your anger by expressing it verbally in a calm and healthy way. If this is not possible, release it through vigorous physical activity or by venting in a journal. Whatever you do, never put away bottles of anger. It will continue to influence your thoughts even when you are not actively thinking about them.

4. Self-doubt

Failures and setbacks make us doubt ourselves and feel unworthy. These emotions immediately trigger negative self-talk that keeps you in a state of hesitation, anxiety and inaction. That nagging inner voice will tell you that you are a loser, that you can't do anything right and that you are destined to fail.

Control your self-talk and, when it starts, replace it with positive affirmations about all your past successes, your unique skills and talents, and your incredible potential to achieve great things.

This really works. Your brain will begin to replace the negative with positive thoughts and, in fact, guide you to your greatness.

5. Ingratitude

Most of us tend to focus on what we lack, lament our lot and envy those who have more. Ingratitude is another toxic emotion that only breeds disappointment and bitterness. It makes you lose sight of your purpose.

When you learn to be grateful for what you have, the whole picture changes. Gratitude is an amazing emotion that floods your brain with positive thoughts that can literally manifest more abundance in your life.

All you have to do is look around you and realise all the wonderful things you have been taking for granted that make your life so much better.


Learning to master your emotions will change your outlook on life by changing your thoughts. Positive, optimistic, grateful and empowering thoughts will ignite your brain. I will manifest those thoughts into positive, productive and success-driving behaviour.

Start shaping a better, happier and more successful you by learning to master these 5 limiting emotions and experience for yourself the amazing results.



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