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Keep at it

Updated on April 17, 2013


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?

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Have you ever persisted through doubt?

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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!


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      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!

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      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