I Am Slowly Learning You Can Have Doubts About Yourself And Still Succeed

Slowly Learning
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In the past, there have been days where I wanted to give up because I felt like trying was pointless. Days when I insisted on remaining in bed because I failed to find a good enough reason to get dressed. Days when my hope was gone and a devastating numbness took its place.

On those days, I nearly let my dreams slip from my grasp. I considered settling instead of reaching for the stars. I came close to giving up what meant the most to me because I was convinced I would never make it.

However, it’s not like that anymore.

I am slowly learning that my motivation does not have to dip just because I am feeling unsure of myself. I am slowly learning that there are plenty of people who put themselves out there anyway, even though their confidence has been shaken. I am slowly learning there are times when I’ll have to fake it for a while until my hope comes bouncing back.

It’s not the easiest thing in the world. There are still days where I doubt whether I am going to succeed — but instead of letting that fear shove me backwards, I keep slogging forward. I listen to the doubts nagging the back of my mind and decide to prove them wrong. I take them as a challenge. I let them motivate me to push even harder.

I am slowly learning failure is not a signal to stop. Sometimes failure is a way of learning what does and does not work. Sometimes failure is a reminder that patience is an ingredient in success. Sometimes failure is placed along the road so that the destination feels that much sweeter once it has been reached.

I am slowly learning how natural it is to doubt myself. Not every single day is going to be a good one. Some are going to be more difficult to get through than others.

There will be times when I work my ass off but remain in the same exact place — or maybe even slip backwards — but that is okay. That is part of the process.

I am slowly learning that I cannot keep walking away when the slightest thing goes askew. I have to stand my ground. I have to prove my worth. I have to keep trying and trying until the day I finally succeed.

I am not a quitter. Not when it comes to my passions. Even if I fail to reach the goals I have in mind, I am still going to enjoy the journey, because I am doing what I love. I am making the right decisions for me.

I am slowly learning that even if I have doubts about whether I am going to succeed in what I set out to do or whether I am going to make a complete fool out of myself, I should still go for it. I should still try. I should not let my fears hold me back. I should take a risk because there’s no telling what will happen once I do. TC mark

The truth is that you can be struggling and still be loved.

You don’t have to solve your whole life tonight. You just have to show up and try. Focus on the most immediate thing in front of you. You’ll figure out the rest along the way.

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