Our Doubts Are Our Traitors:
Our doubts are traitors. And make us lose the good we oft might win, by fearing to attempt.
– William Shakespeare
What a nice one to start the day with – the doubts we have about ourselves, our capacities and the opportunities we can create for ourselves. It is natural for all of us to be in crossroads when something new comes our way and we do not have the experience to tackle it. The natural response for most of us is doubt, uncertainty among a lot of other things.
Unfortunately it stands in the way of our stepping into action or planning a success. And even if we do, we are constantly scouting for pitfalls. I am not saying that all of us do it, but it sure does bring us down and waste our time while someone else seizes that opportunity and makes it happen. Not that they were smarter or more experienced than you or me, but because they acted first. When we were talking about the 15 things which you will never hear successful people say, we talked about how they react to uncertainty – instead of doubting whether they could do something, they replace it with a thought as to what would make them achieve the goal, the mind races to the capacities they need to do that and they take action about it which really sets them apart.
Whereas, the one in doubt still wonders what to do about it. We are not saying that we should jump at every little thing our way, but we are saying that instead of doubting ourselves – in this case our traitors, why not tap on to that adventurous spirit within us and see where it can lead. Who knows, it might end up rewarding us immensely. Having said all this, we do not curb the careful spirit within us which prevents us from taking foolish decisions. We understand that a decision has to be a combination of our emotions and the intellect. It cannot simply be one ruling over the other, the trick has to be in a co-existence between the two.
And that’s what we gather when we say – “Our Doubts are our traitors” – they are not all bad – sometimes they are extremely crucial for the things we have to do next. They are much needed to set the pace right and help us be cautious about things that are precious to us. But they cannot simply let us question ourself too much to the extent that we have to wonder whether we need to take an action or not.
Well, these were our thoughts – yours would certain enrich the readers who are interested in finding the truth and the meaning this quote can have on their lives. Kindly do share your views, we would love to have a discussion going for we really love the spark that comes off every discussion en route 🙂
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