The greater the doubt, the greater the awakening: the smaller the doubt, the smaller the awakening. No doubt, no awakening.” - C. C. Chang, The Practice of Zen
I’m sure many of us have double tapped an inspirational image reminding us, “Don’t doubt yourself” or my favorite cliché, “Doubt kills more dreams than failure ever will.” Little squares urging us to smash all of those self doubts and limiting beliefs in effort to move forward.
This sentiment’s popularity reminds me of the days when those “No Fear” hats were popular back in the early 2000’s. Remember those? My dad had one he used to wear to the gym everyday. I can still see those embroidered jagged letters set with those fierce red eyes against the black fabric.
But having no doubt is like having no fear. It’s unrealistic. You’re going to have doubts and fears. The more you and your goals grow, the bigger they’ll grow. The real growth lies in embracing those doubts, acknowledging all of that inner dialogue that’s trying to stop you - to keep you safe - but doing it anyways.
That probably doesn’t look as cool on a hat but it certainly looks pretty badass in real life. No doubt, no awakening. 🔥🌹
Life by Design was born out of a need for my own self-healing after decades of unresolved illness. It wasn’t until finding the courage to look within that I discovered it was my own belief system holding me back from experiencing a truly thriving life. We all have access to that thriving life. We just need to rediscover our power and ignite the healing-self. Only then can we unapologetically live a life by our own design.