Worry is a misuse of imagination – Dan Zadra
On my blog, Motivation for Creation, I have posted quite a bit about self-doubt. Self-doubt is one of those plentiful emotions we all have, which kills creativity and destroys dreams. Insidious in nature, one little negative thought worms its way into our psyche and leaves us confused of what our true abilities are.
Self-doubt is worry turned inward. We worry we can’t do what is required to be successful and reach our goals. We worry we aren’t as good as we thought. We worry we bit off more than we can chew. We worry we’re going to fail, and look stupid. We may even worry that other people are laughing at us.
Think of all that energy we waste dwelling on… well, nothing, really. All that worry is nothing but a bunch of electrical impulses in the synapses of our brains, a waste of imagination.
It all boils down to choices.
When we experience failure or rejection from outside of ourselves, which is usually the trigger to our self-doubt, we have a choice.
We can quit, or we can go on.
It really is that simple.
If we choose to continue to work to meet our goals, then we need to tell the little nasty inner critic to shut up. Listening to the voice does us no good. It only slows us down, or gives us indigestion. Or both.
There are many different techniques to end bad habits, which is what listening to self-doubt is. The technique I find most helpful is:
- Identify the negative thought.
- Tell it to shut up.
- Replace the negative thought with a positive one.
- Distract myself, often by doing something that will help me to reach the very goal I’m feeling insecure about.
Yes, it seems too simple. However, it’s cognitive therapy. It works.
Our minds really do believe what we tell it. So, let’s stop wasting our imaginations. Let’s be positive, and hopeful, and optimistic about ourselves and our abilities. Let’s give ourselves every opportunity to be successful, and feel good getting there, as well!
Do you have any tricks to banishing negative thoughts?
If you missed Gary Gauthier’s post on Wednesday, please scroll down and check it out. He never disappoints! Also, next Wednesday (June 13th) Jess Witkins is scheduled to post, so be sure to come back then!