On doubt… July 17, 2019 by Jamie WestermanDoubt is a dream killer. Have you ever started something that gets you so excited and ready to rock that you just can’t contain yourself? You get up early every day for a few days to do a new workout. You research a new job opportunity. You find a new healthy habit you want to implement. You start a new relationship with someone perfect for you! But then. Then you start asking questions. Can I do this? Am I ready for it? What if I fail? Doubt is a real a-hole. It sneaks right into the excitement, gets up in your face, and pushes all the right buttons. It preys on your insecurities and weaknesses. It makes your ego it’s best friend so they can team up to “protect” you. And then, when you’re holding on to the thread of your dreams, it nonchalantly saunters right over to snap the thread in two. I dare you to find someone who has regrets in their life because they decided not to do something. Then ask them why they didn’t go for it. I guarantee doubt loomed close holding them back. They might not use the word. They might create excuses or try to justify why they didn’t follow through. But they regret because they know they should have pushed the doubt down to the ground and walked right over it. I know because I’ve been that someone. I have let doubt rule my decisions. I have told myself I cannot. I have told myself I will fail. I have allowed my ego to be my boss and hold me back. We all have. And then we regret, or at least wonder. My daughter and I took some time this afternoon to check out a new boutique in the little touristy town we call home. We got there as the shop owner was closing. She and her daughter were so sweet and invited us to stay and shop. The store is beautiful and we picked out way too many fun girly things! The owner was young, my age I would guess (I can still call myself young, right?!). I asked her if she had ever owned a boutique because I was so impressed with her selection. I giggled when she told me she worked for a dental insurance company before. She had always wanted to own a boutique. One week in and she already had to restock her entire shop! I would be willing to guess the store owner had doubts. I am sure she wondered if she could make it happen. She told me herself she had doubted her husband and family would think it was a good idea (they ended up encouraging her!). I for one am so excited she didn’t let her doubt stop her from her dream. It’s not easy, but it’s ok to tell your doubt to shut up and sit down. No human who has succeeded in making their big dreams become a reality did so without doubt. The difference was they pushed THROUGH their doubt to make something happen. They didn’t allow their doubt to snowball into fear and then further into inaction. They didn’t let doubt get so far under their skin that it led to disbelief in what they could accomplish. You will not get through life without doubt whispering in your ear. None of us are immune to it. But some overcome doubt with the confidence that they CAN. Be the person who sees your dreams in reach. Have faith in what you know and what you can do. Be willing to fight your doubt and bury it in the ground or you might find your dreams there instead.