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How to overcome self-doubt.
When you decide to pursue an audacious endeavor, it's a wild, awesome feeling. You chart a course and then set sail. At first it's tough, but you're motivated.
Then out of nowhere comes the Destroyer of Aspiration. He's a snaggle-toothed dreamivore, and he comes licking his chops at the thought of your tender, fresh, vulnerable, new vision. He is the day where everything seems to be going wrong, and you're feeling unmotivated. He follows you around and tells you that you were wrong to think you could change yourself and that the last things you need to worry about are the plan and the goal.
This goes on and you start thinking, "What's the point of trying? This is just my situation. Maybe I'll work on that goal when I feel better or things calm down." And the Destroyer of Aspiration is gleefully gobbling you up.
Congratulations! You've made it to the finale of level one! The presence of the Destroyer of Aspiration in your life on this dreadful day is evidence that you are taking action to change your life. That's good, but you still have to defeat this monster.
Here's a cheat code: You acknowledge the suck, your lack of motivation, the 99 problems happening live, and you say, "No!" (Out loud if possible) Then you recall and recite your goal or vision and why you set out for that to begin with. Then you say, "I can do this. I will do this." That entire sequence is the equivalent to one throat punch to the Destroyer of Aspiration. He will pop back up several times and maybe even for days, but you keep right on throat punching until he can no longer speak.
Well played! You've defended your mind, but you still gotta defeat him. You do this by executing on your new habits. You do it even though you don't feel like it, even though you don't have time, even though it's going to disappoint someone. You do it no matter what. Roundhouse!
The Destroyer of Aspiration stumbles, falls, and something unexpected happens. He transforms into a pile of gold. And not only have you defeated the resistance, but you realize that your great challenges are well disguised treasures that you get to keep, and they never leave you. Ever.