Doubt is a waste of energy.
I used to doubt myself constantly. Doubt has held me back more than any one thing in my life. There was a time where doubt plagued my mind so severely that I would agonize over decisions that should’ve been easy to make.
Faith in yourself and your own logic is the only path to success. Doubting yourself causes more pain and suffering than most actions you will take.
I have lost years of my life to doubt. If I would have trusted myself I would have done things differently and saved myself years of heartache in life and in business.
Conviction is infectious and it makes you powerful.
“The problem with the world is that the intelligent people are full of doubts, while the stupid ones are full of confidence.”
Doubt used to cause me to hedge my bets and not fully commit to a course of action. That way, if I fail at something, I have a “plan B” or another way out of the fire. “if this doesn’t work out, I’ll just…” is my greatest enemy. Allowing myself the option to fail causes me to fail.
Here are a few quotes from prominent figures from past and present going over what it means to double down on a course of action and commit to doing something.
“It’s better to be all in on one idea than it is to be half pregnant on nine. “
“The way to become rich is to put all your eggs in one basket and then watch that basket”.
“If you’re going to try, go all the way. Otherwise, don’t even start. This could mean losing girlfriends, wives, relatives and maybe even your mind. It could mean not eating for three or four days. It could mean freezing on a park bench. It could mean jail. It could mean derision. It could mean mockery–isolation. Isolation is the gift. All the others are a test of your endurance, of how much you really want to do it. And, you’ll do it, despite rejection and the worst odds. And it will be better than anything else you can imagine. If you’re going to try, go all the way. There is no other feeling like that. You will be alone with the gods, and the nights will flame with fire. You will ride life straight to perfect laughter. It’s the only good fight there is.”
The Bukowski quote resonates with me the most because Bukowski painted such a visceral portait of what it means to really be in the thick of a struggle for the freedom to define your own purpose in life. The pressure to fit within the boundaries that someone else has drawn for you can be overwhelming. Carving out your own little niche in the universe is one of the most difficult yet gratifying experiences.
Kill the part of you that doubts yourself so you can be who you are meant to be.