Look at me, I just love picking these daunting topics, don’t I?
Doubt. We’ve all got it, and it never goes away forever. So what is the best way to deal with doubt? Rather than ignoring its existence as long as we can, or worse; allowing it to hold power over us and limit us. Let’s dive into it then! My process & how I banish self doubt.
Do I know it to be true?
When something comes up that puts me in a doubtful mindset I ask myself this, “Does this hold any truth?” For instance, my teenager brother and his friends often make remarks or judgements on my path and what I am doing. They usually make remarks about me not having a job/blogging isn’t a job, and point out how I don’t have a steady income (yet). When those remarks get under my skin I check in with myself. I ask myself if what is being said holds any truth. The answer is usually no. Since the answer is no, why should I doubt myself because of their judgement? I shouldn’t, so I move on. Doubt = Banished.
Is this self-sabotage?
Other times our doubt is of our own creation. So in my process, to figure out where my doubt is coming from and what it’s worth, I ask myself another question. Is this self-sabotage? Is my ego triggering this because it feels threatened by potential? The ego is not our friend, it likes to feed us limiting beliefs disguised as ‘practical’ observations in attempt to sabotage a likely good thing we had going on. There is a quote by Rebecca Campbell that talks about the ego vs. the intuition, and how the intuition is the kinder of the two voices. Check in with yourself and see if the voice speaking to you is kind or of meaner intent, and see what the kind voice has to say. Follow the kind voice. Doubt = Banished.
Do I actually believe this of myself?
On some occasions we truly feel that our doubtful beliefs are truthful of who we are and what we are capable of.
There is a trick here. Belief is a choice. We may believe something that isn’t true. Ask yourself “Do I really believe this about myself?” Likely the answer will be no. No way I believe that I can’t be a published author and professional artist. So what am I going to do about it? I’m going to ground into that knowing, and I am going to WORK. Not to prove doubt wrong, but to prove my knowing and truth right. Should your answer be yes though, go back to the first question. Does this belief hold any truth?
Negative beliefs systems are almost never valid. Our potential as human beings and spiritual beings is limitless, our capabilities are limitless. You got dreams? Go achieve them. Banishing doubt isn’t a hard thing to do, though it certainly isn’t fun. Be aware of your head space and ask the right questions of yourself and you’ll be busting blocks like a champ.
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