“The only limit to our realization of tomorrow will be our doubts of today.”
-Franklin D. Roosevelt
Doubts Are a Funny Thing
Doubts are a funny thing. One the one hand they are good, serving as a barometer. Having doubts shows you are questioning and reasoning, working things out, using your mind. But doubts can also take over all reasonable thinking and cripple us into inaction. Or worse, cause us to abandon an idea, goal, or project prematurely.
The key is to use the tool of doubt, but not to let it use you. Easier said than done! When I have doubts, I find it is helpful to talk them out with a trusted friend. Getting them out of my head and allowing someone else to help me dissect them is really helpful. In the absence of a good friend, just writing about them helps to, and helps to clarify what the next steps are.
Doubts are just a red flag our wonderful brains throw up to alert us that we might not have thought something through enough. Doubts encourage us to explore further, sometimes finding a better path to our goals we had not previously considered. Doubts also can signal that we are on the wrong path entirely, and that’s ok too. Use your doubts as a tool, don’t let them use you!
Have a great weekend!