Mr. Shakespeare once wrote: “Our doubts are traitors and make us lose the good we oft might win, by fearing to attempt.”
Words that speak of an inner conflict common to us all.
A hand to hand combat engaged from within. When aspirations to become and achieve come in conflict with the risk associated with escape from your current reality.
When dreams are overrun by a phalanx of “common sense” and the little voice that whispers “Yes. You can.”, is shouted down by, “What in the world are you thinking?”.
Our doubts are traitors.
Made to betray our efforts, our commitments and our character.
They seek to cajole and finesse you into believing your best interests lay in accepting the security of the present instead of embracing the possibilities of what can follow.
Twisting events and circumstance so your only perspective is negative.
Presenting the appearance that consequences are more evident and abundant than the opportunity that always resides on just the other side.
Doubts are the comforting arm around your shoulder you seek when you fail – before you even attempt to try.
They are the self-generated distractions designed to let you off the hook.
The white noise of rationale, excuse and drama.
As James Allen put it: “Man is made or unmade by himself; in the armory of thought he forges the weapons by which he destroys himself.”
Yet within that very same armory are housed the dies of your salvation, opportunity and excellence.
For man “…also fashions the tools with which he builds for himself heavenly mansions of joy and strength and peace. By the right choice and true application of thought….”
Doubt is ill-suited to thrive when exposed to these elements.
Doubt dissipates under the brilliance of vision and aspirations.
Doubt will succumb to the intensity of purpose with intention.
Ultimately, doubt is excised by excellence.
So begin now.
Cast the dies that will forge your tools.
– Choose to live as “who” you see yourself being.
– Act as “what” you intend to become.
– Imagine you are already “where” you have dreamed of going
Equip yourself to persist and persevere. Press beyond fear, dispense with the drama and accept expectations.
Allow that – “you just know it” – sensation to take hold, and embrace a level of faith that will enable you to overcome an inertia borne of skepticism, reluctance and doubt.
All the while generating palpable momentum, a sustaining source of strength and a heightened level of confidence.
In a collaborative effort, of thought, choice and deeds, each working in concert to affirm a blue print of how you will conduct yourself and pattern your life.
To be true to yourself with a firm and resilient loyalty.
Never abiding the treason of doubt.
James Allen ” A man thinketh”