The Wisdom of Self-Doubt

I’m writing a book. It’s taking forever. As I gaze across my writing studio, I see my stack of notes, a little over 3,000 pages last time I counted. Why is it taking so long? Well, I’m busy with client work, international travel, and, well, life.

Excuses, excuses–the primary barrier is self-doubt.

Questioning my talent or insight is probably the most corrosive weapon my psyche can mount in its campaign to keep me safe from the brave business of writing about a bold new theory.

To fight back, I’m learning to make self-doubt my friend.

A few years ago, a colleague and fellow author shared with me Steven Pressfield’s book, The War of Art.  This handy paperback is full of pithy advice for breaking writer’s block. Take this nugget on how to re-frame doubt about our talent or insights:

“Self-doubt can be your ally…the counterfeit innovator is wildly self-confident. The real one is scared to death.”

Breaking new ground involves embracing uncertainty, dancing with fear, and taking responsibility for our self-image. Game on.