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Conquer Your Self Doubt with Two Simple Words

Conquer Your Self Doubt with Two Simple Words

Have you ever sat down and thought about why you haven’t accomplished what you want to in your life yet?

What’s holding you back from doing the things you really want to do, from achieving those life goals you set for yourself?

Do you have people around you telling you that you can’t do things? Are you telling yourself that you can’t do things? Are you forgetting to dream?

In order to be successful, you have to develop a mindset that you can do absolutely anything that you desire.

You’ve probably heard the saying “you can accomplish anything if you put your mind to it.” To me, this is an absolute reality for anyone. Your mind is an extremely powerful tool that you can use to catapult your way to success.

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Napolean Hill’s entire book, “Think and Grow Rich,” was based upon the idea that the most successful people in the world, people like Andrew Carnegie, Thomas Edison, Henry Ford, and many other great minds of the world, achieved their level of success because they believed so highly in themselves. They shaped and molded their minds to enhance that belief in themselves, and that success just became a part of who they were.

These two simple words were part of their every day life, as well as every successful person that has ever lived.

What were they?

“Why not?”

On the surface, it doesn’t seem like two little words can influence an entire lifetime of success… but they can. And here’s how.

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Self Belief is King

Think about the last time you really wanted to do something awesome, but for whatever reason, you came up short of your goal.

Why did this happen?

I can almost guarantee that your belief in yourself got in the way somewhere down the line. Whether this was due to an outside source influencing you, or whether it came from your own self doubts, it doesn’t matter.

All possibility of achievement comes down to you. You have to approach any kind of achievement with 100% self belief. Don’t let anyone, including yourself, change that belief.

Now think about the last time you accomplished a goal. You probably started off with a very positive mindset. You never had any doubt in yourself that you could do it. When you thought about what achieving that goal would entail, your mind naturally said – “Sure…why not?”

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That’s when saying “Why not?” can be so utterly powerful.

What you’re really saying to yourself is, “Why not? There’s no good reason I can’t do that.”

Your Self Assessment Gut Check

But this can also serve as a self-assessment gut check. If you find yourself starting to answer this gut check with excuses, then that means you don’t truly believe in yourself, and you must conquer those doubts before you can move on. Otherwise you’ll almost certainly come up short.

Don’t let those excuses get in the way of your goals.

When you feel doubt, “Why not” can serve as a reminder that there is nothing you can’t overcome to achieve your goal.

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  • Write a best-selling book? – Why not?
  • Run a marathon? – Why not?
  • Learn a foreign language – Why not?
  • Make a million dollars – Why not?

Sure, you’re not going to be able to achieve every goal you have tomorrow, but if you truly believe in yourself, “Why Not” will help you uncover any doubts you have so you can move past them, and it will also help you reassure yourself that if you put forth the effort, there is absolutely no good reason you can’t accomplish your goals.

Achievement is up to you. You are in control of your life and your success.

Want to live the life of your dreams? Awesome!

In fact, I say…why not?

Featured photo credit: Q & A via Shutterstock

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Last Updated on December 10, 2019

5 Smart Reasons to Start Journal Writing Today

5 Smart Reasons to Start Journal Writing Today

Here’s the truth: your effectiveness at life is not what it could be. You’re missing out.

Each day passes by and you have nothing to prove that it even happened. Did you achieve something? Go on a date? Have an emotional breakthrough? Who knows?

But what you do know is that you don’t want to make the same mistakes that you’ve made in the past.

Our lives are full of hidden gems of knowledge and insight, and the most recent events in our lives contain the most useful gems of all. Do you know why? It’s simple, those hidden lessons are the most up to date, meaning they have the largest impact on what we’re doing right now.

But the question is, how do you get those lessons? There’s a simple way to do it, and it doesn’t involve time machines:

Journal writing.

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Improved mental clarity, the ability to see our lives in the big picture, as well as serving as a piece of evidence cataloguing every success we’ve ever had; we are provided all of the above and more by doing some journal writing.

Journal writing is a useful and flexible tool to help shed light on achieving your goals.

Here’s 5 smart reasons why you should do journal writing:

1. Journals Help You Have a Better Connection with Your Values, Emotions, and Goals

By journaling about what you believe in, why you believe it, how you feel, and what your goals are, you understand your relationships with these things better. This is because you must sort through the mental clutter and provide details on why you do what you do and feel what you feel.

Consider this:

Perhaps you’ve spent the last year or so working at a job you don’t like. It would be easy to just suck it up and keep working with your head down, going on as if it’s supposed to be normal to not like your job. Nobody else is complaining, so why should you, right?

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But a little journal writing will set things straight for you. You don’t like your job. You feel like it’s robbing you of happiness and satisfaction, and you don’t see yourself better there in the future.

The other workers? Maybe they don’t know, maybe they don’t care. But you do, you know and care enough to do something about it. And you’re capable of fixing this problem because your journal writing allows you to finally be honest with yourself about it.

2. Journals Improve Mental Clarity and Help Improve Your Focus

If there’s one thing journal writing is good for, it’s clearing the mental clutter.

How does it work? Simply, whenever you have a problem and write about it in a journal, you transfer the problem from your head to the paper. This empties the mind, allowing allocation of precious resources to problem-solving rather than problem-storing.

Let’s say you’ve been juggling several tasks at work. You’ve got data entry, testing, e-mails, problems with the boss, and so on—enough to overwhelm you—but as you start journal writing, things become clearer and easier to understand: Data entry can actually wait till Thursday; Bill kindly offered earlier to do my testing; For e-mails, I can check them now; the boss is just upset because Becky called in sick, etc.

You become better able to focus and reason your tasks out, and this is an indispensable and useful skill to have.

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3. Journals Improve Insight and Understanding

As a positive consequence of improving your mental clarity, you become more open to insights you may have missed before. As you write your notes out, you’re essentially having a dialogue with yourself. This draws out insights that you would have missed otherwise; it’s almost as if two people are working together to better understand each other. This kind of insight is only available to the person who has taken the time to connect with and understand themselves in the form of writing.

Once you’ve gotten a few entries written down, new insights can be gleaned from reading over them. What themes do you see in your life? Do you keep switching goals halfway through? Are you constantly dating the same type of people who aren’t good for you? Have you slowly but surely pushed people out of your life for fear of being hurt?

All of these questions can be answered by simply self-reflecting, but you can only discover the answers if you’ve captured them in writing. These questions are going to be tough to answer without a journal of your actions and experiences.

4. Journals Track Your Overall Development

Life happens, and it can happen fast. Sometimes we don’t take the time to stop and look around at what’s happening to us at each moment. We don’t get to see the step-by-step progress that we’re making in our own lives. So what happens? One day it’s the future, and you have no idea how you’ve gotten there.

Journal writing allows you to see how you’ve changed over time, so you can see where you did things right, and you can see where you took a misstep and fell.

The great thing about journals is that you’ll know what that misstep was, and you can make sure it doesn’t happen again—all because you made sure to log it, allowing yourself to learn from your mistakes.

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5. Journals Facilitate Personal Growth

The best thing about journal writing is that no matter what you end up writing about, it’s hard to not grow from it. You can’t just look at a past entry in which you acted shamefully and say “that was dumb, anyway!” No, we say “I will never make a dumb choice like that again!”

It’s impossible not to grow when it comes to journal writing. That’s what makes journal writing such a powerful tool, whether it’s about achieving goals, becoming a better person, or just general personal-development. No matter what you use it for, you’ll eventually see yourself growing as a person.

Kickstart Journaling

How can journaling best be of use to you? To vent your emotions? To help achieve your goals? To help clear your mind? What do you think makes journaling such a useful life skill?

Know the answer? Then it’s about time you reap the benefits of journal writing and start putting pen to paper.

Here’s what you can do to start journaling:

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