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We grow a little every time we do not take advantage of somebody's weakness.
-- Bern Williams
 

 

Monday, October 11, 2010

Actions take over

Doubt is a gateway to fear. A small, trivial doubt, repeated again and again, and considered from many different angles, can soon grow into a nearly insurmountable fear.

Doubt can be very reasonable, yet it’s not a good idea to reason with it. For whether you argue against your doubt or whether you argue for it, in both cases you make that doubt stronger.

Instead, simply notice your doubts, and then quickly move on. If you have the thought that you can’t do something, allow that thought for a moment and then get busy proving it wrong with your actions.

Doubts are born in your thoughts, and as you dwell on them they grow more influential in your mind. So stop thinking of why you can’t and start taking action to show how you can.

One small positive action is much more powerful than the most elaborately constructed doubt. Because once you do something, you absolutely know you can, and doubt has no way to stand up to certainty.

Whatever it is you doubt you can do, begin to do it. And watch the doubt quickly dissolve into meaninglessness as your actions take over.

— Ralph Marston

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