Let Go of Self-Doubt

Photo by Annie Shak

Everyone has an opinion.

On the type of relationship you have. The career you’re going after. The person you are becoming.

Most of those opinions carry weight. Not because we want them to— but because we allow them to.

During a point when I was debating whether to switch job paths, I listened to experts in every career field I ever thought about going in. Some suggested I go back to school. Others said I looked too ‘sweet’ for journalism (what does that mean?)… while one bluntly said this blog was a waste of time.

[Ahem]… I think that person was a waste of my time.

Quite honestly, though, I listened to those people. I questioned myself. And I attempted to make decisions based on everyone except me. That’s ridiculous.

Why are we so quick to take someone else’s opinion, but so fearful of taking our own?

Listen to your heart. You know what’s honest. You know what’s right. You know where you need to be.

Our greatest successes in life come only after we let go of self-doubt and cheer ourselves on.

It’s just like singer Sam Smith said after he won his Grammy this year.

I was doing everything to try and get my music heard. I tried to lose weight and I was making awful music. It was only until I started to be myself that the music started to flow and people started to listen.

People will listen. But first, you have to listen to yourself.