This article comes from Entrepreneur.
Here are three ways I’ve experienced doubt creeping in, and the solutions I’ve found for shutting it out, and moving forward.
Sometimes you just feel clueless. You don’t know what the strategies or steps are that you need to accomplish to overcome the challenge in front of you, and you’re not even sure where to look for the answers. That can feel truly paralyzing.
There is truth to the old saying, “the more you know, the less you know.” It’s always good to seek out knowledge and the wisdom of others, but if you’re already in a state of paralysis, sometimes looking for the perfect answer can become an excuse not to take any real action.
The truth is, you probably already know more than enough to take that first step. And whatever action you take will result in experience that will help you grow and build momentum.
Like all of us, entrepreneurs deal with a lot of fear. They’re afraid of faulture and rejection. And sometimes they’re afraid of how long it could take to get real results they can show others, to prove their success. In a world of instant gratification, we don’t want to do things that will take a lot of time –– or go through the “pain” of growth.
In my personal experience, when things looked OK on the surface, underneath things were chaotic and I was scared to ask for support. When I did begin to share publicly what was happening with me, there was still a lot of fear about not only admitting my faults, but also admitting I needed support.
But once I stepped into the experience of sharing, it got easier very quickly, and gave me an understanding –– with insights from people with knowledge and willingness to help — about what I needed to do to up level my personal life and business.
Most people are lazy. But laziness is a very deceiving experience. You’re probably reading this and saying to yourself, “I’m not lazy. I work hard, you jerk.” But laziness is not a measure of how hard you work. I’m sure many of you work hard, but feel you’re in a place where you want to do something new, and you just can’t seem to move toward getting it done.
Laziness is a byproduct of comfort. When you’re doubting yourself, you get so comfortable with the pain you currently have or the fear you already know that you’d rather live with what you know than venture into what you don’t. It can seem exhausting to make the effort to change things or take risks –– even if you know that success or a better life is on the other side.
The first and most important step is simply taking ANY productive action. By making changes and standing firm in those decisions, you become an activist for your own life. Decisiveness forces out doubt.
Leadership is about taking a stand on how you want to show up in your business and life. When you take the lead by choosing action over doubt, massive change follows.
The quickest way to break the bonds of doubt is by taking immediate decisive action. Oftentimes that’s all it takes: drafting that first email, asking for help on a new project, or stepping inside that gym. Building a business, like life, is a journey. As you continue to live, you come across new experiences, new challenges, new obstacles. You don’t learn by having all the answers.
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