Self-doubt is a builder of indecision;
and a thief that steals decisiveness and dreams.
We’re continuing our series on how Leaders must do Battle. We’re in our third installment. If you need to catch up, go here.
The next opponent that all true leaders must fight is the opponent of self-doubt; and it’s a formidable opponent to say the least.
When building a business, and a life, most of us tend to overestimate what we can do in a year while simultaneously underestimating what we can do in a decade.
Most tend to overestimate what can be accomplished in a year;
and underestimate what can be accomplished in a decade.
If you think that leaders and elite achievers don’t experience self-doubt, please think again. Everyone experiences every human emotion; and anyone who tells you otherwise is not being honest.
The three greatest thieves are fear, doubt and indecision.
We all experience them, but only few are willing
to battle and overcome them.
The opposite of self-doubt is self-confidence, and to overcome the doubt and develop the confidence is rooted in the same issue. That is:
How do you define your “Self.”
The research of Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi, professor of Psychology and Management at Clairmont Graduate University, proves that elite performance comes from a place that’s far beyond the small way in which we define and identify ourselves.
All scientific theory and revelations prove that we all came from the same explosive singularity approximately 14-15 billion years ago.
If you can buy into the Big Bang Theory, which we can now trace back through the Hubble telescope, then by the same logic you must also buy into the reality that there’s nothing outside of you that isn’t connected to you.
When you realize that you truly are one with the entire universe, from a scientific perspective not just some mystical jargon, you also recognize that there’s nothing “out there” to hurt you.
Because it’s all you.
It’d be like you thinking your own feet or knees are maliciously out to get you.
The problem comes from not knowing your true Self. Not the self you’ve defined.
You can “know about” it all day long, but until you truly own it you don’t fully know it.
Physics is philosophy and true spirituality is intuition.
The new leader must be ground deeply in these as well as
in standard business building practices. Anything less is incomplete.
Let’s face it, what you doubt, is the false identity that you’ve fabricated for yourself; and by the way, you should doubt it.
When you move from this fabricated self, to the true understanding of The Self, fear, doubt and indecision begin to drop away.
You’ll have these emotions arise of course, it’s part of the human experience, but grounded in a higher understanding, you’ll battle them back and overcome them.
Csikszentmihalyi’s research in the Flow State proves beyond reproach that those who accomplish what appears to be Superhuman achievements, those things that seem impossible to mere mortals; always do it by setting aside their small ego identity; and allowing something bigger than the fabrication to work through them versus from them.
Easier said than done.
But the spoils of this battle are sweet. Oh, so sweet.
Be a Leader. Live Your Purpose; and Take Your Power Back!