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Is Self-Doubt Required for Success?

Is Self-Doubt Required for Success?

Are self-doubt and judgment required for success? Do you have to be unhappy with your work to discover the drive to become better? Does judging ourselves make us any better?

  • I don't think it does.

When I find myself falling into the trap of judging my work, here's a strategy I use to pull myself back on track:

  • I try to remember that each outcome is simply a point along the spectrum of repetitions.

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From passion to self-judgment
  1. In the beginning, it was easy. There was no pressure. There were no outside eyes. There were no expectations.
  2. When I started writing, I wrote in a private document for over a year before I published my first article.
  3. I wrote about what I wanted to write. I wrote because I wanted to get my thoughts down. I wrote because I felt like I needed to write.
  4. After a few months of sharing my work publicly, things began to change.
  5. As I developed an audience, I noticed that I began judging my work. In the beginning, I was just happy to get my ideas down on paper, but now I felt like they had to be “good”.

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There is no bad work or good work

It is important to realize is that just because you are at Point A and someone else is at Point C that does not mean you are doing bad work.

In fact, there is no bad work or good work. Just as there is no such thing as a rose seed that is a bad rose bush.

There are just points in time and repetitions completed.

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Timothy Gallwey

“When we plant a rose seed in the earth, we notice that it is small, but we do not criticize it as “rootless and stemless.” We treat it as a seed, giving it the water and nourishment required of a seed.

When it first shoots up out of the earth, we don't condemn it as immature and underdeveloped; nor do we criticize the buds for not being open when they appear. We stand in wonder at the process taking place & give the plant the care it needs at each stage of its development."

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The only thing you can control is the next repetition
  1. Release the desire to define yourself as good or bad.
  2. Release the attachment to any individual outcome.
  3. If you haven't reached a particular point yet, there is no need to judge yourself because of it.
  4. You can't make time go faster and you can't change the number of repetitions you have put in before today.
  5. The only thing you can control is the next repetition.

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Simply a Point Along the Spectrum of Repetitions
  1. Every outcome you can achieve is simply a point along the spectrum of repetitions and time.
  2. The number of repetitions you need to put in for a particular goal is dependent on your circumstances, your experiences, your training, and many other factors.
  3. Everyone's spectrum of repetitions is unique: your spectrum is different than mine.

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Timothy Gallwey

"The rose is a rose from the time it is a seed to the time it dies. Within it, at all times, it contains its whole potential. It seems to be constantly in the process of change; yet at each state, at each moment, it is perfectly all right as it is.

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