ArtsAutosBooksBusinessEducationEntertainmentFamilyFashionFoodGamesGenderHealthHolidaysHomeHubPagesPersonal FinancePetsPoliticsReligionSportsTechnologyTravel

Keep at it

Updated on April 17, 2013
Source

Introduction

Doubt. Quite possibly one of the biggest reasons to quit. Whether it be doubting yourself, your idea, your plan, your friends, your coworkers, whatever it is you're doubting, it usually leads to giving up on something.

I'll openly admit that I doubt myself on a regular basis. I have all my life, but as such, I've learned a few ways to deal with it. Here's a quick example of a doubting train of thought that may cross my mind:

What if I can't live up to their expectations? I'm not as good at this as she is. She's always been the go-to person for this job, why didn't they get her to do it this time? Why would they pick me? Do they think I'm as good as her? I know I'm not...

The worst part about doubt is that it will spiral out of control, if you let it. A simple question that shows any sign of doubt in your own abilities or competence, will lead to more negative thinking which will create more stress placed on yourself, which will lead to a higher likelihood of failure in the end. Unfortunately, there isn't really any way to prevent doubt. We all experience it, no matter who we are or what we've done. Fortunately, you spot this negative thinking and stop it before it progresses.

I was told a long time ago that CAN'T stands for "Capable And Not Trying". The moment you notice yourself using that word, you need to change your thinking to something more positive. Put some belief in yourself that you can do this, you are capable, you are competent, you will succeed.

You see how avoiding negatives made that a lot more positive? Who would've guessed? Positive thinking leads to positive feelings. Positive feelings lead to a positive attitude. A positive attitude leads to positive actions. Positive actions lead to positive results. The road to success is paved with positive results.

Staying positive decreases the amount of stress you put on yourself, which makes you happier and more likely to succeed at whatever it is you are trying to accomplish.

Below is short poem I've put together to remind myself to persevere. Please comment and let me know what you think.

Keeping on the same path day in and day out is difficult

Everyone wants a little more variety in their lives

Everyone craves even small changes from the daily routine

Paths leading to a far off goal split many different ways


All those branches, all those options, endless temptation

Those who veer may lose sight of their destination


I know you are capable of what it takes to succeed

Take watch of your goal, and you shall receive

Have you ever doubted yourself?

See results

Have you ever persisted through doubt?

See results

Final thoughts

Confidence is a marvelous thing. It allows us to best doubt, try our hardest, face our fears, overcome failure, and eventually, succeed. In order to be the best we can be, we need to be confident in ourselves. Confident in our abilities. Confident in the fact that anything worked hard for is well deserved.

In order to be successful, we have to be persistent. If you are able to turn failure into a learning experience and move forward in a positive way, you will succeed.

I think Rocky said it the best, "It's not about how many times you get hit, it's about how hard you can get hit and keep moving forward".

Stay positive and persevere, and as always, Stay Excellent!

Comments

    0 of 8192 characters used
    Post Comment

    • Anselome profile imageAUTHOR

      Steve Anselmo 

      5 years ago from Thunder Bay

      That's a great quote, and one of the many reasons why Ghandi was so wise. It truly is mind over matter!

    • Just Ask Susan profile image

      Susan Zutautas 

      5 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      Your hub reminded me of a favorite quote of mine.

      “Man often becomes what he believes himself to be. If I keep on saying to myself that I cannot do a certain thing, it is possible that I may end by really becoming incapable of doing it. On the contrary, if I have the belief that I can do it, I shall surely acquire the capacity to do it even if I may not have it at the beginning.” ~ Mahatma Gandhi

    working

    This website uses cookies

    As a user in the EEA, your approval is needed on a few things. To provide a better website experience, hubpages.com uses cookies (and other similar technologies) and may collect, process, and share personal data. Please choose which areas of our service you consent to our doing so.

    For more information on managing or withdrawing consents and how we handle data, visit our Privacy Policy at: https://hubpages.com/privacy-policy#gdpr

    Show Details
    Necessary
    HubPages Device IDThis is used to identify particular browsers or devices when the access the service, and is used for security reasons.
    LoginThis is necessary to sign in to the HubPages Service.
    Google RecaptchaThis is used to prevent bots and spam. (Privacy Policy)
    AkismetThis is used to detect comment spam. (Privacy Policy)
    HubPages Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide data on traffic to our website, all personally identifyable data is anonymized. (Privacy Policy)
    HubPages Traffic PixelThis is used to collect data on traffic to articles and other pages on our site. Unless you are signed in to a HubPages account, all personally identifiable information is anonymized.
    Amazon Web ServicesThis is a cloud services platform that we used to host our service. (Privacy Policy)
    CloudflareThis is a cloud CDN service that we use to efficiently deliver files required for our service to operate such as javascript, cascading style sheets, images, and videos. (Privacy Policy)
    Google Hosted LibrariesJavascript software libraries such as jQuery are loaded at endpoints on the googleapis.com or gstatic.com domains, for performance and efficiency reasons. (Privacy Policy)
    Features
    Google Custom SearchThis is feature allows you to search the site. (Privacy Policy)
    Google MapsSome articles have Google Maps embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    Google ChartsThis is used to display charts and graphs on articles and the author center. (Privacy Policy)
    Google AdSense Host APIThis service allows you to sign up for or associate a Google AdSense account with HubPages, so that you can earn money from ads on your articles. No data is shared unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    Google YouTubeSome articles have YouTube videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    VimeoSome articles have Vimeo videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    PaypalThis is used for a registered author who enrolls in the HubPages Earnings program and requests to be paid via PayPal. No data is shared with Paypal unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    Facebook LoginYou can use this to streamline signing up for, or signing in to your Hubpages account. No data is shared with Facebook unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    MavenThis supports the Maven widget and search functionality. (Privacy Policy)
    Marketing
    Google AdSenseThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Google DoubleClickGoogle provides ad serving technology and runs an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Index ExchangeThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    SovrnThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Facebook AdsThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Amazon Unified Ad MarketplaceThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    AppNexusThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    OpenxThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Rubicon ProjectThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    TripleLiftThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Say MediaWe partner with Say Media to deliver ad campaigns on our sites. (Privacy Policy)
    Remarketing PixelsWe may use remarketing pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to advertise the HubPages Service to people that have visited our sites.
    Conversion Tracking PixelsWe may use conversion tracking pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to identify when an advertisement has successfully resulted in the desired action, such as signing up for the HubPages Service or publishing an article on the HubPages Service.
    Statistics
    Author Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide traffic data and reports to the authors of articles on the HubPages Service. (Privacy Policy)
    ComscoreComScore is a media measurement and analytics company providing marketing data and analytics to enterprises, media and advertising agencies, and publishers. Non-consent will result in ComScore only processing obfuscated personal data. (Privacy Policy)
    Amazon Tracking PixelSome articles display amazon products as part of the Amazon Affiliate program, this pixel provides traffic statistics for those products (Privacy Policy)