“Our doubts are traitors, and make us lose the good we oft might win, by fearing to attempt.” - William Shakespeare Measure for Measure
“A feeling of uncertainty or lack of conviction” – Google Dictionary
“Doubt is a mental state in which the mind remains suspended between two or more contradictory propositions, unable to assent to any of them. Doubt on an emotional level is indecision between belief and disbelief”
“A lack of confidence in the reliability of one’s own motives, personality, thoughts, etc.”
– Webster Dictionary
When we find ourselves in a place of doubt there two things to contend with:
Spirit and Body.
When I say spirit, I mean all things in the sense of 1) individuality, 2) personality and 3) God given gifts. By body I mean the 1) external appearances, 2) internal health and 3) physical capabilities. All three pillars, we’ll call them, of Spirit and Body are weighed down by doubt. Whenever I experience doubt, I feel it not only as a weight on my head but sometimes on my throat, chest, heart even down to the ache of bones. In the midst of doubt in this fallen world we have to unfortunately come to terms with things like our limited time, mortality, past mistakes, things that don’t last because dust and moth destroy, thieves rob (Matthew 6:20) and sometimes just raw fear of failure.
The removal of the word “self” from self doubt can be the biggest, first step, into moving things forward in your life. As soon as we identify doubt with the self, we have applied an extra layer of clothing to ourselves that was never needed. Doubt is better thought of as something we carry around instead of something we wear. At any point we can choose to drop doubt out of it’s heaviness. It’s true it will still remain where you left it, but the weight of it relieved from your palms gives due rest to your body as you look for other ways to leverage it, solve it or simply leave it behind.
Managing doubt can feel like being in a cold valley. And a valley of doubt usually is no place to find comfort, but it is open space for thinking. And mind space allows us to see potential and possibility where there was thought to be none. From the view point of the valley itself the mountains that shelf the sides look enormous and unscalable. This feeling of impossibility can lead us into inaction and stagnation. I don’t suggest to have doubts is meant to feel good and fuzzy at all but I am merely saying it is telling us something. When acted on with a plan the feeling of ‘triumph’ is a worthy reason of pursuit and should be seeked at all cost.
Go and Triumph