Isn’t it powerful? These famous words fall on my ears in the most wondrous way and I almost murmur an audible “mmmm” of contentedness.
He’s telling his love to doubt some of the most factual things in life, like the stars being made up of burning gases and perhaps doubting the word of an honest man before doubting the love he has for his woman. I think it’s so powerful because it addresses an element that plagues every human; doubt. It fills us, shakes us, and ultimately can paralyze us from achieving our dreams.
Where does that little voice of fear come from? What causes it to crop up? And how can we silence it?
When I was younger I had a lot of self-doubt.
I think most people would agree that the formidable years of adolescence bring with it lots of questions. Who am I? Who do I want to be? Where do I fit in? I seldom looked inward for these answers and looked to the outward influences around me.
Whether it was the “popular” girl in school or latest music video on MTV, this is likely where I gleaned my direction. Not to say that all of that direction was bad, but it wasn’t my direction, it was someone else’s.
So in reality our self-doubt can truly be channeled into a positive.
I want you to try something. The next time you feel the creeping sensation of doubt in your heart STOP. Acknowledge it.
Don’t reason away the doubt. SOAK IT IN. What is the doubt saying to you? What is the worst possible outcome of the endeavor that has sparked your voice of doubt?
Sometimes facing the reality of what could happen becomes a lot less terrifying when we do just that: face it. By envisioning the worst possible outcome you have eliminated the fueling fire behind a lot of fear: the unknown. Our minds are crafty and inaccurate when it comes permeating a sense of fear around an unknown outcome. The unknown is generally a far worse feeling than the actual reality of our challenge. It’s a bit of a mind game. But we are all capable of playing and overcoming our self-doubt. I have no doubt that you can too!
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