9 Responses to “Banish Doubt: mini-mission”


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  1. Visualizing yourself being successful can be very useful as well. If you take the time to actuall “see” it in your mind, you can tame the fear.

    Dan @ ZenPresence

  2. Courtney — I use fear as a stepping stone. If it’s going to be there, you might as well use it to your advantage http://tuesdayswithlaurie.com/2011/10/20/what-do-you-do-with-fear/

  3. As a classical guitarist who has given concerts, I know doubt well and it is clutter of the worst kind. Doubt in the sense that we are not good enough is indeed insidious, but doubt where beliefs and dogma are concerned is critical.

  4. Oh, thank you for posting this! I really needed to read an encouraging post today. I often get stuck thinking about past failures/mistakes. It’s so easy to forget how much I’ve learned from them! I find that action is my go-to for turning my mood around. Even if I can make tiny steps toward accomplishing a goal, I always feel better.

  5. I’ve found that the only way for me to conquer doubt is to do it anyway! Sometimes it takes forever for me to get the courage to, but I suspect that it gets easier the more times you do it.

    P.S. I use the term “mental clutter” as well.

  6. Thanks for sharing this. I’ve been experiencing a lot of self-doubt about my blogging endeavor. It really sucks up a lot of energy. I’m going to put some of your ideas into practice and see if I can get it under control.

  7. Piggybacking on CJ’s comment, being a musician leaves little room for doubt. Of course it creeps in, but if you are doubting yourself before a performance it is guaranteed not to go well! Action is the best replacement for sure!

  8. Courtney, I love your point that “the level of doubt is rarely proportionate to reality.” It has been true in my life. Just think about how many times you look at someone else and think “wow, so-and-so is so amazing at X, but they never do anything with it.” It’s so much easier to see that in someone else!

    For me, it’s about deciding to do it anyway and then breaking it into small enough parts that you can get started on something! Just getting started can help banish doubt as you point out.

    Love your site and content~

  9. This is such a helpful post! I wrestle with doubt a lot, and I have found that writing about it in my journal is the best way to find the root and start moving in a positive direction. Thanks for the reminder to replace doubt with hope, action, connection, and laughter. Good stuff!

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