How To Turn Doubt Into Determination
“The best way to not feel hopeless is to get up and do something. Don’t wait for good things to happen to you. If you go out and make some good things happen, you will fill the world with hope, you will fill yourself with hope.”
― Barack Obama
1. YOU ARE WHOEVER YOU BELIEVE YOURSELF TO BE.
Life, or at least our own personal reality of it is all based on our perspective. So, who do you think you are? Is your narrative self-written or was it adopted by the ideas and opinions of others? A lot of the time believing you can't do something is half the reason why you won't end up doing it. Find out where your doubt is coming from and ask if it aligns with what you know to be true about who you are and who you want to become.
It's time to take back your narrative.
2. GIVE YOURSELF SOME CREDIT.
All fear boils down to two things: fear of being vulnerable/unsafe or a fear of failure; both of which filter into the overall fear of not being able to handle whatever it is you are afraid of. You have to cement the idea in your mind that YOU CAN do it, whatever it is. Think about times in the past where you were challenged and you overcame the obstacles and odds. Think about the things you never fear because you know yourself to be good at them.
Remember how powerful you are.
3. JUST JUMP!
Take the plunge and don't overthink it too much. Step outside of your comfort zone with the curiosity of how it will feel rather than the need to perfect whatever it is you are trying to accomplish. Sure, it might feel uncomfortable -- but let that be part of the experience. The longer you sit in fear, the harder it will be to jump in. If and when you run into challenges or things you don't know, embrace that. Admit what you don't know yet and use it as a chance to learn.
Feel the fear and do it anyway.
4. LEARN AS YOU GO
Instead of constantly starting and stopping, get comfortable with leaning and learning as you go. Self-talk your way through challenges, take a moment to feel good when you overcome something and taste victory. Break overwhelming tasks into bite size pieces knowing how they will eventually all fit into your bigger picture. Don't be afraid to slow down and take your time!
Remind yourself there is no need to rush or master all that you are downloading, doing and creating.
5. REAP THE REWARDS
Not just material goals or rewards, though they can sometimes help make your goal more tangible. In my opinion, the best way to reap your rewards is through reflection. As you begin to move through your fear and gain momentum, don't forget to look back at all the progress you've made. The stronger and more equipped you become in life, the easier it is to forget what it felt like to wish to be right where you are and miss all that growth and accomplishment. Give yourself some space to grow and feel the rewards of immense gratitude and inner bliss when you see just how far you've come.
And one last thing in case you need to hear it, you've got this.