Listen to the Warm and Fuzzy here! WF 071612Overcoming Self Doubt
You are greater than any challenge you face…
When you judge yourself, and how things appear to be going,
you have to be careful to look at everything in its
totality. It’s very easy to get caught up in whatever is
happening immediately around you — especially if things
seem to be negative, or less than ideal.
If you’re experiencing life challenges and a lot of change
it is easy to mistakenly assume that more of it is going to
show up. In other words, our current experiences tend to be
the frame in which we see our current reality.
Here is an example from my own life to better illustrate
what I’m saying:
As I have said on many occasions, (I delve into this in
depth in my book) everyone experiences moments where they
feel they’re just not where they want to be on the “ladder
of success.” I am certainly no different. Yes, you heard me
right. I, like everyone, experience times of doubt. As I
often say, I don’t consider it a flaw, as much as part of
So, while it is true that we all experience times like the
ones I mentioned, remaining stuck in the feeling is a whole
Make no mistake, your ability to get “unstuck” when you find
yourself battling through such tough times will be the
difference between an abundance of life experiences worth
celebrating, and instead wishing you had more of them.
Here’s the story I promised…
This past week I found myself thinking about a part of my
business that was down. Not down and out, but not doing as
well as it had in the past. Interestingly, the more I
thought about it, the more it seemed to be built up in my
mind to the point where I lost sight of the totality of
things — the larger picture of my business, and the things
in it that were worth feeling good about.
That’s not to say the thing I was fixated on didn’t need my
attention. Certainly it needed to be addressed, but what I
now realize is, it didn’t need all my attention, to the
point where I lost sight of the overall, larger picture, and
instead fell into the mistaken idea that the one area which
was experiencing a challenge was somehow representative of
Because I didn’t address it, naturally it continued to build
upon itself, taking my generally rosy outlook with it.
Then, a funny thing happened that shifted me from my
misguided view of my current reality — two things actually,
and all in the same day no less.
First, I got a text from a friend. He let me know that a
mutual friend of ours was at a company meeting, and she
texted my friend with the following message, “Omg, so and so
(name withheld) just quoted Josh from the stage.” Turns out
the fellow who quoted me was the CEO of the particular
company she is a rep for. As if that wasn’t a wake-up call
reminder that the frame I was seeing things through at the
moment was false, then I got another one.
Later the same day I received an email from a woman asking
if I would make a change to her new address (she reads the
newsletter I publish). So when I wrote her back she went on
to tell me that she often shares my work in the hotline she
offers for her team. I also saw that she had been a reader
of the newsletter for many years.
After the two examples occurred the same day, it was like
being shaken right out of my “stinking thinking.” It was
just the validation I needed to make me realize that the
challenge was at best a small piece of the larger picture.
One that in fact was chock full of its share of “wins” and
“successes” along the way. I just needed to see things in
Please understand that I’m not sharing those stories to
brag. Rather, I want you to think about times where
something jarred you out of doubt or fear of the unknown and
turned out to be just the ticket necessary to get you back
Friend, make no mistake, you are far more than whatever
challenge you may be facing. You were made for greatness.
Embrace that truth and you’ll undoubtedly find that more of
life’s rewards will begin to show up for you.
Make no mistake…
It’s your life, LIVE BIG!
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