A method for handling Self-Doubt

“Our doubts are traitors,and

make us lose the good we oft might win, 

by fearing to attempt.” 


― William Shakespeare,

Measure for Measure


I considered calling this post "The Plague of Self-Doubt."  I have caught a touch of the self-doubt plague recently, and it has been a good reminder to stick to my daily practices.  I stopped for an unknown reason doing one practice that I have found immensely helpful.  Now I see the repercussions from stopping.

My Favorite Book

A book that was strongly recommended by Tim Ferris in his book "The 4-Hour Work Week" was "The Magic of Thinking Big" by David J Schwartz.  This book, originally published in 1959, has been hugely influential in my life since I first read it.  One of the methods Mr. Schwartz mentions to help with fear and self-doubt is to make a commercial selling yourself to yourself.  

How to make your commercial

You should create a 30 to 60 second commercial that you write down in a notebook or journal.  Every morning when you are going through your morning routine, you read aloud your ad to yourself.  Then during your day reread your commercial.  After a few times, you will have it memorized, and you will be able to recite it quickly.  However, I would keep the notepad with you or set an alarm on your phone to remind yourself to recite your commercial aloud.

Stuart Smalley

The first time I read about this method my immediate thought went to the SNL skit with Stuart Smalley.  The self-help character created by Al Franken. I chuckled a few times and then I wrote out my script and began reading it several times during the course of the day.  In fact, at times I still chuckle and think of Stuart while I am reading it out loud.  So what.  The bottom line is that it works.  What you repeatedly think about yourself, you become.  This method will plant those seeds in your subconscious mind, and you let the subconscious do the rest.  Reading it out loud will establish a stronger mental imprint. The result, at least for me, has been less self-doubt. 

My commercial

Here is my commercial as an example.

"Meet Rich Decker.  A big thinker, A global thinker.  Rich you have plenty of ability to do a first class job.  Rich you believe in compassion, living mindfully, and prosperity for all.  So talk only compassion, talk only mindfulness, and talk only prosperity for all.  Rich, you have lots of drive lots of drive.  So put that drive to work.  Nothing can stop you Rich, nothing.  Rich you are enthusiastic so let your enthusiasm show.  You look good Rich, and you feel good.  Stay that way.  Rich you were a great person yesterday, you will be a great person tomorrow, but most importantly you are a great person RIGHT NOW.  So go for it Rich.  Move forward.  Keep planting the right seeds through right thinking and right action.”

Until Next Week,

Rich Decker

Mindful Accord