Moments Of Doubt—The Human Thing We Do
What if they don’t like it…
…What if I’m the only one…
…But I’m so tired and what if I can’t see the end…
All of them real, heavy and extremely dangerous. I found myself going down that very track just yesterday and it’s 100% true to say doubt can knock you off your cloud, sputtering you featherless all the way to the ground. Hitting bottom hurts. You’re dusty, banged up, and sometimes a little scared to try again.
Some people never pick themselves up—others never think about staying down as an option.
I’ve learned along the way to expect a few hard knocks because I’m one of those type A worriers. I make my lists, writing down all the difficult questions and obstacles. But when the words come from someone else—well—it’s really hard to plan for that.
So what do you do when you face your biggest challenge?
The best way I know how to deal with these moments is to take time and turn your thoughts around. Redirect your energy somehow—go for a run—listen to a song. Sing. Paint. Do whatever it is you need to do to bring back some happy thought. You deserve to dream.
The next thing I do is ask myself one really hard question: am I ready to give up and accept the alternative? Because either way defeat gets me or my actions will.
And I’m not ready to give up.
Sometimes all it takes is a new strategy to reach your deepest dream. Sometimes we have to reinvent our plan–a little tweak to the left. A little higher maybe. Maybe now, you have better glasses and can see a little further down that cloudy road. In any case, I firmly believe if you’re willing to work for it, eventually the door has to open. Then all that’s left is a decision to commit.