A question I came across recently was that of how to give up doubt when thinking of goal achievement – it’s a really good question too, because doubt can stop all sorts of amazing adventures before they’ve even started…
I doubt that will work. I doubt they’ll like it. I doubt I can do that. I could go on and on, but you get the idea!
Those questions may pop up at any stage in the planning of your goal, but in fact they are most likely to stop you making any real plans in the first place.
Doubt is a goal achievement killer, and there is only one way to get rid of it, which is to accept it and work through it.
Doubt is based on theory, *thinking* negatively about the future, when in fact you need to be dealing with certainty. It’s quite natural to have doubts, it’s the brain’s way of keeping you on safe comfortable ground.
Once you accept that, you needn’t try and banish it, you can just accept it for what it is, a function of the brain, and push on regardless. Then, once you’ve tried what you doubted, you will go from thinking or speculating, to actually knowing.
It’s a huge difference, because whereas before your wondering about whether something would work gave fuel to your doubt, you now either know that your doubts were wrong, or maybe that they were right.
If your doubts were wrong, then great, carry on forwards. If they were right, then it’s not all bad – because 2 things have happened. Firstly you have gained knowledge about how not to do something, and you have told your brain that you are prepared and able to work through doubt.
That means that next time you have doubts, and there will be a next time, it won’t be as big a hurdle as it was the first time.
Don’t get me wrong, I’m not saying it’s easy to get rid of doubt – look at the world of performers. Many famous names are crippled with stage fright before they go on, because they aren’t sure if an audience will like them.
Recording artists are nervous about their next record, because it may not be as popular as the previous one. Sometimes they are right, sometimes they aren’t, but they key thing is that they carry on through the self questioning.
So, if you are having doubts about a goal of yours, you know what to do now – instead of wondering about an outcome, get on and find out! If you doubt you can do something, find out one way or the other, because it might just be that you can after all – how liberating would that be!
Ok, that’s it for now – do feel free to share, like, tweet this post if you enjoy it, and leave your feedback too!
‘Til Next Time,
Health & Happiness,
P.S. By the way, this is exactly the kind of idea I write about in my book, and you can read some adventures I went on that had me full of doubts! Grab it now – ‘Transform Your Life in 21 Days!’