Summary

Doubt holds us back. It can make us procrastinate, makes us indecisive and it can really hold us back in life.

Doubt is an internal chemistry set just like any other feeling or emotion that we have. Its job is to slow us down, to make us cautious.  It can bring us to a complete and utter hold in the face of the unknown where we lack certainty. Doubt is what kept us safe in our evolutionary past. Today it works exactly the same way, however instead of keeping us safe it actually makes us unsafe because it’s holding us back. It’s stopping us from just letting go and being who we need to be, doing what we need to do.

George Swift

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Doubt holds us back. It can make us procrastinate, makes us indecisive and it can really hold us back in life.

Doubt is an internal chemistry set just like any other feeling or emotion that we have. Its job is to slow us down, to make us cautious.  It can bring us to a complete and utter hold in the face of the unknown where we lack certainty. Doubt is what kept us safe in our evolutionary past. Today it works exactly the same way, however instead of keeping us safe it actually makes us unsafe because it’s holding us back. It’s stopping us from just letting go and being who we need to be, doing what we need to do.

Where doubt can really cause those problems is when it can cause procrastination, it’s when it can cause indecisiveness, it’s when we can bring into judgement or question our very nature of who we are. Whether we’re good enough, whether we’re going to get the result that we want out of life and whether that result, even if we do achieve it, is the right result for us. So, whenever you’re embarking upon new goals, new ambitions, new projects, if you’re stepping into the unknown then you’re going to be faced with an amount of doubt, because that’s how we work, that’s how the machine works, however there are things that we can do in order to combat that doubt.

Doubt is what is in the gap between our certainty. So, if we are certain that we’re on the right path, certain we’re taking the right action, and certain that even if we don’t necessarily get the right outcome, it’s the right thing to do anyway, that certainty enables us to be incredibly deliberate and to take really decisive action and to be focussed and motivated in everything else. However, whatever we don’t have in certainty, is going to get filled up with doubt.  So, if you’re goals are really big, if your ambitions are huge you’re not going to have a great deal of certainty because you can only be certain about those things that you’ve already achieved in the past, or those things that you know absolutely are achievable or are going to give you the results you want.

If you’re stepping into big unknown goals and ambitions, of course you can’t possibly have that certainty, however we don’t have to put up with huge amounts of doubt, we can fill the gap. What we fill the gap on is this, we have an amount of certainty, we can build upon that certainty but going out and getting the data the information that we need, in order to prove to us that we are good enough, or that we’re on the right path or that we’re doing the right things or the outcome is the right thing to go for. So, go out there and get the information, get the data that you need in order to give you the most certainty you possibly can that you’re doing the right thing, that you’re on the right path.

Then you want to tap into that believe that you have inside yourself. Tap into the beliefs that you’re good enough for the job, that it’s the right outcome to go for, that even if you don’t succeed that it’s still the right thing to try and achieve. Tap into that belief and maximise that belief.  Whatever we don’t have, in certainty is doubt we can top that up with belief. Whatever we don’t have in belief is going to be doubt, we can top that up with trust. So, develop a trust in yourself, a trust in the world, a trust in the universe if you like, a trust in your fellow man.

Now trust doesn’t mean that the world isn’t going to screw you over or the people aren’t going to cheat you or whatever it might be, trust is saying that you’re always going to win. Trust is knowing that you’re safe and it’s one of the greatest gifts you can give your unconscious mind is the gift of safety, and trust can top up a huge amount of that doubt, it’s trusting that it’s the right path even though I might not know a hundred percent. It’s trusting that I have the abilities even though I might not have proven it to myself yet, it’s trusting that even if I trip over, that I fail, maybe that I am not good enough now. I’m trusting that it’s still okay, that I’m still safe and I’ll pick myself up and trust it’s still the right thing to keep going.

What you then want to do is keep on taking that trust and you want to solidify that until it becomes belief. That belief then solidifies and becomes certainty. The more that certainty starts to fill, the more energized you’re going to feel, the more your unconscious is going to allow you to really deliberately go for your goals and take the action that you need. If you are thinking big enough, you can’t possibly have a hundred percent certainty, but we can top it up with the belief and we can top that up with trust and then whatever is left is doubt, and that’s a little slither.

But here’s the thing if we focus on that slither, then perceptively that slither can grow. It’s a bit like if you zoom in and focus on something, it kind of gets bigger, so even though it might only be a slither left of doubt, if we just focus on those doubts, then they will seem bigger for us and our unconscious will respond to the perception of the doubt, as opposed to the real amount of doubt.  So, we must make sure that we keep everything in perspective.  If we’ve got forty percent certainty, forty percent believe, fifteen percent trust and there’s still five percent doubt that’s sitting in there. What we need to do is to keep focussing on the certainty and the belief in trust and diverting our attention away from those doubts.

Now doubts aren’t a bad thing per se, they make us stop, slow down, take in more information. That’s not a bad thing okay, we might need to weigh things up a little bit before we commit and really go for it, however what I’m talking about here is once you’ve decided to take action, once you’ve decided on a course of action or an objective that you want to go for, doubt is just holding you back. It’s like elastic bands, that kind of always consciously try and slow you down, hold you back, again maybe even stop you all together.  We want to cut those bands and we want to just be able to fly and go forward. You can’t always be certain, but we can develop belief in ourselves and belief in what we are doing, and we can’t always believe a hundred percent, so we then have to develop a trust in ourselves, and we can’t always necessarily trust a hundred percent, so then what we need to do is divert our attention from the little bit of doubt that is left over, not focus on it and keep focussing on the rewards of what we’re going for. The certainties, the beliefs and the trust of everything that we’re working for, and that’s how you stay motivated, and that’s how you can keep doubt at bay.

It can really kill dreams, it can really hold you back, it can really paralyse people. So, don’t fall foul of doubt, we don’t have to be victim of it, we do get to influence just like we get to influence every other emotional manipulation that resides within us, in here.

Until next time, be successful.

 

About The Author

About The Author

George Swift - The Mindset Mechanic

George is the Founder of BBB Success Groups and the driving force behind the content, tools and techniques at BBB. Driven by a lifetime of knowing life could be better, George has spent over 20 years understanding how the mind creates the experience we have in this world and how it ultimately determines our success.

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