The times in my life when I have felt the most helpless, the most undesirable and most inadequate, where the times I was giving in to doubt.
Sometimes I would doubt whether I knew enough. I would think, maybe I don’t have the education to do this or, that maybe the education I’ve garnered over the years, wasn’t adequate to put me at a level where I could speak with intelligence.
Sometimes I would doubt my instincts, wondering if I’d been brought up with enough common sense to prove useful in certain situations.
What I’ve come to find time and again, is that I am perfectly adequate to make my own decisions about my own life.
Feelings of doubt stem from one’s own mind, causing us to feel inadequate or unable to handle the situations at present. Doubt, in and of itself, can sometimes be completely crippling.
We’ve all seen the squirrel dart back and forth in front of a car, trying to decide to which side of the road it wants to run.
More often than not, that doubt causes that squirrel to suffer.
Although that’s an extreme example, it’s somewhat accurate, in that sometimes, it’s very hard to make decisions in the face of doubt.
The more we allow our limiting beliefs to rule our psyche, the less we find ourselves able to make decisions. As humans, our conscious mind uses limiting beliefs like doubt to try and keep us safe.
Doubt on its own, is not logical.
As we stand on the high dive, looking down at the water, the doubts that we experience are our mind’s way of telling us that we are in danger.
The doubt is just a manifestation of our conscious mind, without it’s knowledge of our free will. The mind does not take into consideration that we can choose, at that moment, not to jump off the high dive.
Doubt tells us that we CAN NOT survive a jump from that height. It’s the mind’s most extreme form of self-preservation.
Looking at doubt from that perspective, we can start to see that limiting beliefs are not the reality of the situation. The reality of the situation is, in moments of jeopardy, we are presented with decisions.
Our mind then struggles to pick the smartest, safest choice.
Limiting beliefs like doubt, are the mind’s best attempt to keep us from doing ourselves harm. What the mind doesn’t know, is that there is a decision that we can make to take ourselves out of the situation. We can do this without having a negative belief about that situation.
Back to the high dive example, when you’re standing on the end of the board, your conscious mind and limiting beliefs are telling you that you cannot possibly survive a leap from this height. If you give in to those limiting beliefs, you then reinforce the fact that you could not possibly survive the jump.
If you take a risk, ignore your doubt, swallow your fear, and leap, what you normally find is, confronting that doubt was exhilarating.
Testing limits and confronting our limiting beliefs are the most direct route to reprogramming the subconscious mind. We allow ourselves more freedom from emotions like doubt.
Confronting your doubts opens you up to your potential.
You may always have doubts about your abilities, talents and skills, but when you address those limiting beliefs, you will find that you are much more capable than you ever imagined.