Act without hesitation. Trust yourself. Conquer self-doubt. Doubting yourself is a serious deterrent. It just might be the worst hang-up one could have.
This is especially true when it comes to achieving your goals, desires, ambition.
Doubting yourself is a serious deterrent. In fact, doubting yourself just might be the worst hang-up that impedes your productivity.
I am a big believer in not only learning by doing, but also learning by modeling the positive behaviors of others.
For example, have you ever noticed how successful people conduct themselves?
You rarely witness self-doubt. Why? Because self-doubt is a huge obstacle to your success. Achievers learn how to put their self-doubts where they belong – out of mind.
By-the-way, you might check the definition of self-doubt. It simply deals with lack of confidence. You can learn how to overcome that.
You might be wondering, how do you recognize self-doubt?
Are there any symptoms or signs?
If you are thinking about analyzing you, a sign to look for is a list of unfinished tasks or a file of incomplete projects.
Another signal is finding your days becoming more stressful.
How about sleep, are you having sleepless nights? That could be a sign.
And what about thoughts of just throwing your hands in the air? Do you get a sense of overwhelm where you think about just giving up?
If you are having difficulty believing in yourself, putting your best effort front-and-center on your projects and into your relationships will be challenging. When this happens, often the result is half-attempted work and empty relationships.
One technique that might help you with self-doubt is forward planning.
Forward planning is simply having a contingency or a back-up plan in the event something goes wrong with your first plan.
Life happens. Situations arise that might have been overlooked in your initial planning. Hence, having a back-up plan is great because it helps you overcome situations in which you are caught off guard.
When you act without hesitation when caught off guard, this strengthens your personal pride. It chisels away at your self-doubt.
Mentioned above, life happens.
Life, the unexpected, does not just happen to risk takers. It can happen to anyone whether you doubt yourself or not. Mishap is not exclusive to risk takers.
If you always stay in the shallow water, you will never enjoy the splash of waves against you.
This does not mean you have to take chances. You do not have to jump in the deep end if you are not a swimmer.
But whether standing in shallow water or not, it is not uncommon for unexpected or unwanted stuff to enter into your life. When it does, you need to be prepared to deal with whatever it is. The sooner the better.
That is the significance of having a contingency plan, a plan B. By planning ahead, you know not only what to do, but, more importantly, you will be prepared with how to deal with what comes up.
This instills confidence.
By-the-way, it is not uncommon to have a few different plan B’s to fall back on.
In all of your planning, the plan you intend to follow, assuming nothing goes wrong, is called your baseline plan. This is the one each of your plan B’s build off of.
With the potential hurdles covered, it is a good practice to put a little thought into what could be your worst-case scenario.
For most of us, in the day-to-day, worst-case scenarios are not all that devastating. But there are exceptions. It is these exceptions that you want to ensure you have solid back-up plans for.
Contingency plans can range from fairly general to very specific. Each depends on the situation and your comfort level.
Agreed, if you have any degree of self-doubt, even minor situations could be seen as massive.
That is exactly why doing a little extra planning is so important for you. To act without hesitation means being confident that the plan you are putting into action will work.
What is important is that no matter what happens, you do not want to be caught not knowing what to do.
Acting without hesitation means no second guessing yourself. It means you are going to succeed because you have planned for whatever situation arises.
You might stall and not know what to do. You might panic and make a bad choice. But whatever happens, you will have less self-doubt. You will act.
How can you be confident this mini-solution will work for you?
When you put together your Plan A and your Plan B and even a Plan C, if you want, each will have your seal of approval.
You will know exactly how each plan is supposed to be achieved. No self-doubt.
That will lead to acting without hesitation.
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