Starting a new venture can be overwhelming. When you set out to do something new, you make yourself vulnerable. You put yourself out there. Your confidence ebbs and flows and you start asking yourself, “Can I really do this?”
Maybe it’s something you’ve put off doing for a while because you know it’s going to be tough, like finding a new job, quitting smoking, starting a business, losing weight, training for a sporting event, or learning to play an instrument.
You decide to go for it. You’re committed.
Things move slowly at first. Maybe so slowly it feels like you’re not moving at all. Doubt sets in: “What was I thinking? Why did I ever commit to this? I don’t know what the heck I’m doing. Is this even worth it? Why am I putting myself through this?”
Shake off the doubt. Remember why you started, why you wanted it. Re-commit.
And then keep at it. Keep moving forward, little by little.
One step at a time
It takes a while to gain momentum.
There’s so much to learn, so many setbacks, and things rarely go as smoothly as you’d like. Just when you’ve leaped one hurdle you find another one waiting for you.
“Why bother?” your inner voice says. “There’s no way I can do this!”
You’re not alone
Everyone battles doubt, even people who seem to get everything so easily.
When you’re attempting to do something different that gets you out of your regular routine and puts you at risk of failure, it’s normal to doubt yourself.
Steven Pressfield calls it “Resistance” in his book The War of Art.
He writes, “Any act that rejects immediate gratification in favor of long term growth, health, or integrity. Or, expressed another way, any act that derives from our higher nature instead of our lower. Any of these will elicit Resistance.”
Doubt is Resistance
Resistance is anything that makes you want to quit in the face of challenge. Doubt is resistance. Most resistance falls under the umbrella of fear.
Fear of failure, alienation, change, pain, the unknown.
When it’s tempting to quit, remember why you started. Look at how far you’ve come instead of how far you have to go.
Whatever the challenge, whatever the obstacle, keep at it. Keep moving forward, little by little.