That moment when your subconscious mind finds any excuse possible not to do something. Understand that the fear you are experiencing is your mind doing its job by keeping you safe, keeping you in the known. Some of you also may believe the word doubt leads to failure and is a barrier to achieving a goal.
What if I told you that doubt has a purpose and is an opportunity to stop and question what is going on? Self-doubt can generate creative ideas as you look for what is holding you back and ask if there is something else you could be doing instead. Is this a choice you have been told you must do rather than something that aligns with what works best for you? Are you hesitating from engaging in a relationship that seems to be off in some way you have not yet identified? Is there a task you set a completion date on that you just can’t seem to get through? Maybe you just don’t have the right words, approach, or process in your toolbox to take this next action.
Although doubt can be self-defeating when allowed to keep you frozen in inactivity, when treated as being healthy and is acted upon, it can be used as an indicator that it’s time for some empowering questions, a shift of perspective into possibilities,an opportunity to make choices aligned with who you truly are.
Doubt is the act of questioning your current state. It helps you shift your goal setting into solution finding. Doubting your present decisions broadens your perspective, allowing your subconscious mind to be aware of new ideas and possible solutions.
Embrace your subconscious mind’s need to keep you safe as it plays the role of your risk manager. When you question what is happening, look for alignment of your purpose, and make choices that a perfect fit for who you are, the results will unfold and you will discover how to use self-doubt as your ally.
“I can’t think of anyone I admire who isn’t fuelled by self-doubt. It’s an essential ingredient. It’s the grit in the oyster.” – Richard Eyre
I invite you to discover who you are on your own terms and embrace the chance to look at your actions and alter your choices. Engage in conscious living; take time to decide what’s important to who you are and what you want to become and let the rest go. Define your own actions now.
If not now, when?
Make conscious choices for conscious living now.
Gail Kraft, Author, Trainer, Strategist, and Mentor guides her clients in navigating their choices in life.