"I want to be a writer, but I'm scared I'm not good enough."
The successes of 'everyday people' pop up all around us. The latest app makes millions for the creator, new online businesses seem to explode, and even reading articles on Entrepreneur and Forbes, while the messages encourage and inform, there's often gaping distance between success and where we are.
It can leave you wondering if you'll ever see the top of the ladder.
This is where Doubt Ninjas thrive.
Little voices inside your head say, "You don't need a website. You're content isn't that good anyway." "You don't know enough." "That's too hard." "You don't have the time." "What if you fail?"
Doubt Ninjas see into the little nooks of your soul. They know exactly how you tick and what makes you give up.
Overpowering Doubt Ninjas is the hardest part of getting started because they're in every step you take, holding your feet like when you were a child wrapped around your parent's leg.
So how do we withstand the temptation to stop and carry on with our normal routine?
It's the intense need to be somewhere beyond where we are now. Humans naturally thirst after what could be, believing so intently that there is more to our story and that somewhere, somehow, things are better. It's why Columbus sailed for India, why the America's were settled, why Lewis and Clark ventured to the other side of a continent, why we went to the moon.
For some the satisfaction comes merely from the thrill of the chase, the excitement of taking action. For others it's realizing the dream.
When you find that thirst, that undeniable surety that you were meant to do something, Doubt Ninjas can be conquered. It takes time, confidence, and patience but little by little your internal nay-sayers can be put to rest.
1. Start with imagining your goal.
How will it feel to have reached the top of your mountain and look down at the vastness of the space you've traversed. Hold onto that feeling whenever your Doubt Ninjas pipe up.
2. Research everything you can.
Knowledge is power, they say. They're absolutely right. The more you know about your field, the more valuable you are. Learn every aspect, not just the ones you do best. In a constantly changing world, one must be constantly learning to keep up.
3. Celebrate every step that brings you closer to your dream.
Like taking joy in the little things that go right, counting every step as a victory, no matter how small reminds you that you are making progress.
4. Learn to accept the setbacks, because you can't escape them.
Murphy's Law runs rampant where dreams are concerned. This is also where your Doubt Ninjas will pounce in full force. Ward off the attack by seeing the problem as it is. It's not a sign that you shouldn't move forward. It's just a temporary delay.
5. Finally, congratulate yourself heartily when you reach your goal.
You have talent. You've worked hard. Even if you're not as big as Google, you've accomplished a great deal in building yourself. Take the opportunity to bask in your achievements.
It's hard. But realizing that you can gives you strength in itself.
Need a little more encouragement?
Here's a fantastic quote by Marianne Williamson.
"Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure. It is our light, not our darkness that most frightens us. We ask ourselves, "Who am I to be brilliant, gorgeous, talented, fabulous?" Actually, who are you not to be?"