How To Succeed Despite Self-Doubt
An article telling us that we should ignore the negative voices in our heads and focus on the goals we want to accomplish for a happy life.
You have to proceed THROUGH the self-critical voices in your head that tell you that you are not good enough to succeed at what you pursue.
If you “keep on pushing” you will find that the real great joy in life comes from giving your all for all you really want. It is giving not getting that defines a truly fulfilling life.
But those negative, self-denigrating voices in our head would prevent us from giving our all. They would prevent us from trying at all, as if achieving the goal was all that really mattered.
But it’s the bold, heroic journey that gives life its true riches.
We catch those self-depricating, inspiration-negating voices the way we catch an illness, from environments where “germs” of negativity abound.
We imagine ourselves as inadequate and then feel dismayed, insecure, discouraged. If we permit this imaginary dream of inadequacy to rule us, we give up before we really start.
By forging ahead anyway, against the “headwinds” of the inner voices of self-doubt in your head, you conquer dread and find yourself succeeding.
The longer and more continuously you push forward toward accomplishing your goal, the more you grow in your ability to be successful, and the more progress you make toward your goal.
It’s easy to be intimidated by mental scenes of disappointment and difficulty. It’s easy to imagine oneself as not good enough.
But such thoughts prove to be not constructive in the least. A way to lose them is to choose to continue doing your best to reach your goal and trusting that your best is enough.
As long as you continue working on achieving what you want to achieve you are making progress toward your goal.
Sometimes we fear that we should be doing more, or doing something else, something beyond our power to do, and begin to worry about failure. We may lock ourselves in indecision by endlessly wondering about what to do instead of doing what we can in the now.
If we heed our dread, we do less than we could, or do nothing at all. That’s when we begin feeling really stuck.
But we have within us a stream of intuitive guidance that leads us along our true path. That stream is always available, leading us along the path of natural order development.
Natural order development refers to the organic process of goal achievement. Wherever you are, there is a next step for you to take. If you try to skip that step, you build upon a weak and faulty foundation. You will not be able to sustain the progress you make for long, before you find yourself tumbling back down to where you were.
Just as a flower’s growth must advance step-by-step, in order, for it to blossom, so must we progress step-by-step for our goal to blossom. Just as a flower cannot bloom before it buds, we cannot succeed at least not for long by skipping any step along the way.
When you feel most insecure you may fear that your best efforts are too meager to matter. But consistently and persistently taking small steps gradually frees you from the hold of insecurity and leads you to your goal.
Insecurity would have you stop working on your goals because success is too doubtful. By following your sense of the next natural order step for you to take, though, your inner guidance grows stronger and the power of fear grows weaker.
Sometimes the best that you can do is to work on releasing your insecurity. As you do this, you release yourself to move forward more fully and freely.
To release your insecurity, let it flow through you without resistance. Relax to it. Observe your feelings. Breathe. Gradually your insecurity will wane and fade, and you’ll find inspiration welling up in its place.
Just the practice of trusting that what you are doing to achieve your goal is enough is in and of itself a great way to release yourself for higher goal achievement.
When you feel tempted to criticize yourself, to worry that your work is inadequate, to doubt the value of your best effort, see if you can let that go and simply focus on the inner, intuitive, inspirational voice or feeling that guides your next best step.
Taking one step at a time, in line with where you want to go, despite the insecurities and self-doubts that would thwart your efforts, liberates you from fear and leads you to success.
Continue working for your goal. Succeed despite self-doubt. Build up momentum by consistently directing your time and effort into purposeful work aimed at what you want to accomplish.
In this way you grow more and more powerful, focused, determined and successful and experience the great joy of giving your all.