“Our doubts are traitors, and make us lose the good we oft might win, by fearing to attempt.” ― William Shakespeare
WHAT WOULD YOU DO WITH YOUR LIFE...IF YOU KNEW YOU COULDN'T FAIL?!
Would your circumstance and/or situation be any different to what and where it currently is? Have you ever considered "removing doubt" from your life? Doubt is what prevents most of us from achieving the things that we want, or even attempting to achieve them in the first place. So how? How do you remove doubt? To my mind, one of the first things I would suggest is probably the opposite of what people would expect...
Yes. Acknowledge doubt! Have you ever taken note of how you internally "self-talk" when approaching a meeting / interview or a situation that possibly makes you a little nervous You will generally try to "psyche yourself up".
In those pressured situations, our self-talk is in many ways a "knee jerk" reaction... one which is powered by adrenaline... but there is a note to be taken from those moments of positive self talk.
Doubt, can and often does creep into those situations too but is normally overridden by the adrenaline. Your fundamental desire for "success and survival" generally takes care of those little voices in those situations and then you look back and go "how the #$%& did I just do that?!"
The times that I am referring to however, are the ones when you are NOT powered by adrenaline - when those little voices of "negative self-talk" repeat themselves to you over and over, ultimately pushing you into a corner of zero self confidence.How do we deal with THOSE voices?
Like I said... those times of adrenaline have a lesson to offer. When in a highly pressurized situation you are aware of your self-doubt yet you mostly manage to quietly and quickly put it to bed - explaining to yourself that "you can do this". This, in my opinion... is PRECISELY how you should be dealing with doubt on every other occasion. Ignoring it only makes the voice louder.
Speak to it - acknowledge it and the reason/s why it is there and then... no matter how ridiculous it sounds... explain "to it" why it is no longer needed. Much like a tyre that slowly loses pressure - acknowledging and then dismissing self-doubt and negative self-talk, immediately removes power from it.
Try it ;) - No. Not once... EVERY TIME!