If you have a dream, stop relying on 'self-belief'
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I see many people struggling to act because they subscribe to an unhelpful life philosophy.
They think they need to feel good before they take on a challenge.
‘I’ll act when I find some self-belief.’
Well, good luck getting much done, because the feeling will never come.
I’ve spent years of my life twiddling my thumbs, waiting for a feeling of self-belief to seize me before committing to things I wanted to do (but it brought me a bit of fear).
It was writing a book.
It was approaching new people.
It was recording videos.
Here’s the big news: you don’t need self-belief before jumping into something.
Often, the things worth doing come with some prickly feelings of fear. In fact, you will feel fear. Well, good - that’s a sign the thing is worth doing.
The confidence comes later. That sense of belief you’re looking for will come once you’ve been doing the thing for a while. Passion will flow later.
It’s all the same thing, really. It’s all about managing our emotions; those without the slightest clue how emotions work will struggle.
Feelings matter far less than we realise. Our taking them so seriously drops a five-hundred-pound anvil in our path.
We don’t need to feel great to take on a challenge and succeed.
Instead, we need to develop a system that ensures we take action where it’s needed.
Want to write that book? You don’t need self-belief. You need a plan. Systems have been saving people from their feelings for centuries.
A system could look like writing 500 words every day between 7am and 9am, no matter how you feel.
That’s an excellent system for book-writing.
Systems take the emotion out of the process.
That’s not to say you shouldn’t feel emotions. Emotions are wonderful. But they needn’t be taken seriously. Big difference.
Identify what you want in life, and create the system you need to attain that thing.
It’s not self-belief you need. You’ll be waiting all your life if you do.
You simply need to act.
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