How many times have you gotten great news and immediately started to doubt your abilities or whether you are qualified? How many times have you had a dope idea only to convince yourself that you shouldn't follow through with it? Personally, I am quite the overthinker with a dash of perfectionist (yuck) and find myself challenging my good news with negative thoughts. Fortunately, these thoughts rarely stop me from doing what I am purposed to do, but I'd be lying if I said they weren't present and LOUD!
While I understand the importance of weighing out the pros and cons of every situation and assessing the value, overthinking and perfectionism are forms of procrastination delaying you from reaching goals that likely sit within your purpose. You have so many gifts and talents that are waiting for you, but instead , you talk yourself out of ways in which your could truly make a difference in your life and the lives of others. I'm sure many of us have heard and used the phrase "you miss 100% of the shots you don't take". What would happen if you just took the shot?
Instead of saying:
"I can't do this"
"I'm not qualified to do that"
"I haven't earned this"
"There's no point in me trying to do that"
"This isn't for me"...
"How can this be done?"
"How do I accomplish this with the talents that I naturally possess?"
"How do I truly earn this opportunity?"
"This opportunity was placed in front of me for a reason. I should at least try."
"What is for me will not pass me."
"What more do I need to do in order to accomplish this?"
YOU have control over your thoughts and actions. Give yourself the opportunity to grow, learn, make mistakes, and gain experiences before shutting those opportunities down. Be mindful of what you're saying to yourself because those words have a tendency to present themselves in your mood, your posture, and your actions. Shift your words and thoughts to what is is you'd like to truly achieve. You've got this! Take the shot!
(It's Mamba Day! I was inspired to take a shot. Scroll to the bottom for an exciting surprise!)