Monday, May 8, 2017

Doubt, The Dream-Killer

How many times have you said to yourself some version of the following -

I don't think I can do this . . . .

I'm not sure I'm creative/smart/strong enough . . . .

Maybe everyone is right and I should just give up my dream/idea/plans . . . .

Yeah, me too.

But here's a reminder, something I'm going to say to myself over and over until it's tattooed on my heart - 


DOUBT KILLS MORE DREAMS 
THAN FAILURE EVER WILL.
(Suzy Kassem)


Believe, people. 

Believe. 

34 comments:

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

Doubt kills them before they even have a chance.
Like the new pictures of the Larrys.

Madeline Mora-Summonte said...

That's the thing - we have to at least give our dreams a chance.

The tortoises are getting big! :)

Susan Gourley/Kelley said...

I felt to tired to go on last week, but I kept going and now I'm back on the positive side.

Maria Zannini said...

The best way to fight doubt is to surround yourself with positive people. Everyone has doubt at some point, but if you keep the right company, you don't hang on to doubt as long.

Madeline Mora-Summonte said...

That's because you are awesome, Susan. :)

Madeline Mora-Summonte said...

Definitely! I was starting to doubt myself going into this second week of Story a Day when my husband reminded me that yes, I can totally do this. :)

Sarah Foster said...

Doubt has held me back for quite some time. I'm trying to learn to ignore it.

Elizabeth Seckman said...

Yep. Doubt hits me a few times a day. Fortunately, I am obsessed and keep on going.

Madeline Mora-Summonte said...

I wish I could remember a time when I didn't doubt myself, my dreams, etc. I'd like to think it happened. Sigh.

Madeline Mora-Summonte said...

Excellent! Being obsessed is one way to deal with doubt. :)

Jenni said...

So true! This reminds me of the quote (forget by whom) about persistence and how it's more important than talent. Thanks for this!

Madeline Mora-Summonte said...

I think I know the quote you mean, and you're right - it is a good one.

Patricia Stoltey said...

That's so true! Squashing doubt is not easy, but we can do it!

Madeline Mora-Summonte said...

Yes, we can!

Anonymous said...

I do my best to ignore doubt and I think I'm succeeding since I'm still here.

Madeline Mora-Summonte said...

Glad to see you still here. :)

Tyrean Martinson said...

Yes, Believe!
Thank you, Madeline. I needed this today. I may have to print it out and stick it on the wall.

Murees Dupè said...

I've said those exact words just today. Bad I know. But I like your idea. I need to shed my fear of failure.

Madeline Mora-Summonte said...

Sticking it on the wall will be a lot less painful than a tattoo. :)

Madeline Mora-Summonte said...

I don't know if we can ever totally shed that fear, leaving it behind like a snake's skin, but we can learn to manage it better. I hope!

Donna Volkenannt said...

Those words are so true. Doubting oneself can kill dreams. Putting doubts aside isn't always easy, but it is necessary.

Madeline Mora-Summonte said...

Sometimes you have to really give those doubts a shove to the side.

J.H. Moncrieff said...

OMG, so much yes! Whenever I get down on myself or blue or think I'll never make it, 99% of the time it's because of the dark voice in my head, nothing else.

A friend likes to say, "Feel your feelings, but acknowledge that just because you're feeling/thinking something doesn't mean it's true."

Madeline Mora-Summonte said...

That dark voice, yes.

Thank you - and your friend! - for the reminder that feelings aren't necessarily facts. Just because we sometimes feel like a failure, doesn't make us one. :)

Loni Townsend said...

I don't know that I've ever doubted myself or my abilities to accomplish what I want. But I've doubted my ability to extricate myself from the lives of others long enough to get the job done. You and I, we will get there someday.

Madeline Mora-Summonte said...

I love that you haven't doubted yourself or your abilities! Maybe you can teach the rest of us how to do that? Please! :)

Donna B. McNicol said...

Sharing!

Madeline Mora-Summonte said...

Great! Hopefully it will help others. :)

The Cynical Sailor said...

Very good advice! The tricky part is to remember it when you deep in one of those doubting cycles.

Madeline Mora-Summonte said...

Exactly! Remembering that advice when we need it the most is so incredibly hard but crucial.

Chrys Fey said...

That is a great quote. Doubt sure is a dream killer.

Madeline Mora-Summonte said...

You know it!

Shannon Lawrence said...

It really does. I keep catching myself holding back, not because I don't think I can make it, but because I'm afraid of what happens if and when I do. Must push through!

Madeline Mora-Summonte said...

Yes, push through! Succeed! :)