The following is a guest post by my good friend Curtiss Weinstein. Curtiss is an excellent businessman with unprecedented skills in sales and leadership! He started with door-to-door sales and quickly used the skills he developed to found his own sales company which he recently sold to the corporate office. Curtiss is a self-made prominent businessman who understands what it takes to pursue dreams and make them a reality! You can read his blog at ibridgethegaps.com.
Have you ever felt like you quit too soon? Has the desire to succeed not out-weighed the doubt that pressed you to quit? I can relate this to working out. When I work with a trainer I do more reps and heavier weights. Why? Do I suddenly become stronger? Probably not. The trainer provides the push and does not let you succumb to doubt. He kills any chances of you quitting. Doubt is the assassin to success and is guilty of killing more dreams than anything else. Doubt will stop you a few feet short. Doubt will prevent you from reaching your goals! That is if you let it…
Of course doubt can only assassinate your success if you bow to it. Doubt without effort is just quitting! You will find if you push just a little harder, you will accomplish things you once only dreamed of. Push through the thoughts of quitting. Prove the naysayers wrong. Let no one stop you from accomplishing ALL your dreams. Michael Jordan was cut from his high school basketball team. Einstein was told he was stupid. Thank goodness these two men didn’t let that doubt assassinate their success. When you feel the doubt coming on, just know that effort will destroy that feeling. Effort combined with a positive attitude will take you to greater heights.
Doubt comes from lack of confidence and confidence only comes from practice. Repetition! We have all heard the phrase, “Practice makes perfect!” In Malcolm Gladwell’s new book, Outliers, he discusses the 10,000 hour rule. How many hours have you put into what you expect to be great at? Most likely you will discover that you have not put in enough time to realistically have any right to doubt, or get upset that you have not mastered it yet. Gladwell writes, “It’s not just time you must put in, its quality time.” You have to strive to get better and continue to challenge yourself every time you work at it. This goes for anything in life. Sports, business, family, physical fitness or anything else you can possibly think of.
Don’t let doubt get you in its scope. Push yourself and practice with purpose!