I’ve mentioned doubt in various of my blogs (eg, Doubt-Fear-Hope-Love, self-doubt). Doubt seems so obvious that there appeared little to no need for explanation. I’m changing course. Please take a look at my current understanding of doubt:
First and foremost, doubt is output or an effect of a certain cause, while (any) Change is input that may (eventually) cause doubt in case of remaining uncertainties (external) or insecurities (internal).
Our conscious uses certain “filters” for arriving at a conclusion following any perceived change:
- No uncertainties, no insecurities: action and/or decision will be imminent.
- Uncertainties (external): either delay decision (wrong timing), or use of assumptions (lack of data).
- Insecurities (internal): either accept and decide, or no decision due to doubt and fear.
- Unknown change: either trust and decide, or no decision following distrust / mistrust.
The above-mentioned linear process (for each decision) is part of the (never-ending) cycle of Doubt, Fear, Hope & Love.
Insecurities are rooted in our nurture (eg, education, friends, religion, upbringing). Not everyone will develop these.
Not accepting our insecurities will cause doubt, then fear, then indecision.
[Chorus 1: Mary J. Blige]
I made it to the end
I nearly paid the cost
I lost a lot of friends
I sacrificed a lot
I’d do it all again
Cause I made it to the top
But I can’t keep doubting myself anymore
No, ooh, oh, oh
No, ooh, oh, oh
I can’t keep doubting myself, no (ooh, oh, oh)
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