Self-doubt doesn’t show out of nowhere. Whenever we are given conditions or advice which imply that we are not good enough, strong enough or smart enough to handle situations is when the door is opened for doubt to settle:
- ‘you can only go there if this person goes’
- ‘liaise with a senior member of the team to work on this’
- ‘are you sure you can manage so many projects?’
By being guarded by some sort of authority – parents, grownups, employers, professors – we give into a smaller version of ourselves. We were built for growth. I would even go as far as to say that we were built for glory. We don’t have to go to battle to have glory, what we need is constant growth that will empower us to create a greater impact in our lives, our communities and our society.
Many of us have settled into limiting mindsets before even realizing what we are doing to ourselves. But all this can be undone. Know that we can handle more than we were made to believe and that no one can take away our greatness. It’s up to us to acknowledge the damage that was done and resurrect our sense of self-confidence, self-love and our commitment to grow.
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Self doubt is terrible, especially if you’re a writer! Thanks for this little piece to remind me not to limit myself.
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Hi Stuart, I’m happy to hear that this piece resonated with you. I wish you never forget that limits are self-imposed so you can focus only on your growth as a writer. But if you ever need a quick reminder, you can always drop by 🙂
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