He began to doubt within minutes of choosing his path. Explaining the specifics of the challenge only caused him to close further. It wasn’t that he didn’t want to succeed; it was that his mind was instantly saturated with all the reasons he couldn’t. He was too heavy, too uncoordinated, too embarrassed to try and fail….his flaws screamed doubt.
The truth was he had forgotten how to dream. And he wasn’t the only one. Each young teen in the group had the sole responsibility to care for someone in their family who was ill or handicapped while trying to keep up with being a full-time student. Life was so consumed with burdens, they had no opportunity to even imagine any life for themselves beyond their overwhelming responsibilities.
My job was to give them permission to dream, to awaken their imagination and encourage them to believe in something more than now. My biggest challenge was convincing them they deserved their dream.
The best way to kill a dream is to doubt we deserve it or doubt we have what it takes to accomplish it.
Whether we doubt because we never had someone to believe in us. Or because life has been tough for so long, we’ve forgotten that it is good. Or because we’ve given up on ourselves.
No matter the reason, doubt must be silenced over and over and over. And the best time is first thing in the morning before we ever plant our feet on the floor, before it crowds out desire and motivation and robs us of the very goals we dared to entertain.
Doubt is not a trusted friend. Doubt is not reliable. Doubt does not have our best interest at heart.
“Our doubts are traitors, and make us lose the good we oft might win, by fearing to attempt.” ~ William Shakespeare
The truth is, we are all flawed, and we all have that little voice whispering in our ear, telling us we can’t do the very thing we want to do. And we have to be proactive and determined to silence the voice.
We silence doubt by reminding ourselves of all the reasons we deserve our goal. By focusing on our strengths instead of our flaws.
We silence doubt by speaking the truth instead of rehearsing the lie.
We silence doubt by plunging into our strengths instead of shrinking into our flaws.
We silence doubt by thinking BIG and LOUD and BOLD!
“If you hear a voice within you say you cannot paint, then by all means paint and that voice will be silenced.” ~Vincent van Gogh
And every day we silence doubt…
Our vision becomes clearer,
Our goal becomes reachable,
Our motivation becomes grounded.
What lies does doubt speak against your goal?
What truths can silence the lies?
How can you think big and loud and bold to achieve your goal?
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