Self doubt. Our shield from reaching our fullest potential. An excuse for us to not brave it all and put ourselves out there. Why do we do this to ourselves? We set ourselves up to fail before we have even begun to pursue our passions. As P.C Last states, “I seek strength, not to be greater than other, but to fight my greatest enemy, the doubts within myself.”
Transitioning from a Communications Specialist in Marketing at one of the biggest financial services companies in the world to a yoga and cycle teacher just under a year ago, self doubt is a scary thing! In my corporate job I was able to pursue my passions safely by teaching on the side and hiding behind my fancy job title. Now in my new role, I’m exposed. I could not feel more liberated and free. I feel like I’m doing what I was created to do. The path I was destined for. No pressure, right?! Hello self doubt!
For any of us, it’s hard not to second guess ourselves. To feel worthy of everything we have in our life. However, it’s important to realize that if we weren’t doubting ourselves, if we weren’t scared and if we didn’t feel challenged, then it would not be worth it. We have to turn these feelings of fear into inspiration so we can continue to develop and fine tune our craft.
How do I deal with self doubt? I journal. I write down every thought I have in my mind. I release it, deal with it and let it go. I will also take it to the roads with me on a run or to my yoga mat when I practice. I let the feelings come to surface. I let the emotion be my fuel, my inspiration to be the best teacher I can be.
If you are not faced with self doubt, ask yourself why. Do you really love what you do? One of my favorite sayings comes from Deana Kastor, Marathoner. I had the chance to meet Deena at the New York City Marathon several years ago and she asked me, “How are you feeling about the race tomorrow?” I replied, “I’m so nervous!” and she said this to me, “I don’t call it being nervous, I call it excitement.”
Are you excited? Does what you do scare you? If not, I challenge you to do what you really love. Namaste!