Power of Doubt

As a jogger, I cherish every mile. Not because I enjoyed it, not because I’m good at it, but because I did it.

Thankfully, gone are the days of tripping the mileage counter in the car to check distances. Now plenty are the apps that track every trail and tell you exactly how far you’ve been. Last week, I jogged a usual route with the same predictable distance as I had done many times before. However, somehow I must have hit the pause button because the mileage was a good bit shorter at the finish than times before. It was disappointing to say the least, not to mention I was tired, hot, and mentally spent.

Then I had to decide whether to trust my smart phone or my route. It was tough looking at the distance and seeing less than expected. I wrestled. “Could I be wrong, did I forget a part of the route?” Or, “Did I accidentally hit the pause button?” Deep down I had a hard time deciding what to do, and I was even tempted to go further just to “see” my accomplishment. Nonetheless, due to time constraints, I accepted the lessor mileage on the app counter and trusted that I had done what I set out to do.

Doubt is a powerful deterrent that mysteriously robs us of the feeling of accomplishment when we reach a goal. You may recognize the voice. “You could have done more. You could have gone further. What did she mean by that? When are you ever going to finish this project? ” The list goes on, and if we don’t recognize the power of doubt, it can rob us of due celebration when we do well.

The opposite of doubt is belief. If you want to doubt less, then believe more. Only you can make that transition for yourself.

        1. Believe in yourself. It’s that simple. The biggest gap in life lies between knowing and doing, we know what to do, we just have to do it. You can if you will.
        2. Set goals. What saved my jog that day was the fact that I had a goal and a route to get there. Nothing can take that sense of accomplishment when we set out to do something and do it. That means having goals and not stopping short of achievement.
        3. Surround yourself with people who are on the move. Successful people inspire one another, so be intentional who you hang out with. Invest your time wisely and be with people you can learn from.
        4. Know your nots. Don’t be afraid of who you are not, what you are not good at, and where you don’t need to spend your time. If you try to be every thing to every one, then you and those closest to you are the ones who will pay the often painful penalty.
        5. Today is your priority. While goals are terrific, you can only live one day at a time, so live it well.

Is doubt powerful? That depends on how you believe.

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