Is Self Doubt Stopping You From Reaching Your Full Potential?
Is self doubt stopping you from reaching your full potential? In my experience I have found that doubting myself and thinking ‘I’m just not good enough’ has been the main reason I have not done some of the things I wanted to do. We all have dreams and aspirations; it’s what we do as human beings. The question is, what is the difference between the person that makes their dream a reality and the person that is forever dreaming but never attaining? While there are many reasons someone may not achieve their dream, I feel ‘self doubt’ is the main reason I wasn’t able to achieve my dreams in the past. Fact is we all suffer from self doubt at some point in our lives; the difference is some are able to overcome that feeling and some succumb to that same feeling. I am here to talk you through just some of the questions I asked myself and the reasons that for years kept me from taking that step towards a dream which I now feel is attainable. There is nothing stopping me but myself and at the most part this is the same for most people. Our thoughts are our main obstacle, overcoming those fears is the first step towards achieving your dreams. So, enough about that, let me talk about myself for awhile… for years I have wanted to compete in some form of bodybuilding competition. Always looked on as other people were doing what I wanted to do but never had the courage to take that first step. I would start prepping for a show only to give up half way through, this happened several times. Looking on at the amazing physiques on the stage, in magazines or even on YouTube or the internet only further fed my self doubt. The idea of me ever looking like the people on that stage just never seemed like a possibility for me. ‘am I tall enough?’, am I good looking enough?’, ‘am I big enough?’. These are just some of the doubts I planted in my head and all this did was just further push me down. The end of the year marked what was a turning point in my life: the realisation that as long as I dwell on these questions I asked myself, and allowed them to have such a hold on my life, I would forever be the same person, Unchanging and without progression. Even to this day I find myself doubting myself all over again, this is normal in my opinion. What makes the difference is how I react to that self doubt. Do I allow it to ruin all the effort I have put in to get to where I am now? NO. Do I allow it to get in the way of me achieving those goals I set myself? NO. Moral of the story, don’t let that self doubt run your life. No one is perfect and no one ever will be. Take chances and chase your dreams and aspirations. There is absolutely nothing stopping you from achieving what you have your eyes set on apart from yourself, whether it be competition related like me, or your career or family life. Make your life what you want it to be and do not let that niggling self doubt stop you from achieving your full potential. I definitely wont let it and five weeks from now I will most definitely be stepping up on that stage with pride over what I have achieved and what I will have overcome to get to that point. Thank you for reading and happy lifting guys. This post was brought to you by GN Academy member Jonathan Muchenje. If you'd like to find out more about the GN Academy or apply to join then you can do so here.