Why do we have doubts?
Millions of people have doubts every day. Nobody is immune. We have doubts because
life is full of "unknowns." How can we be sure of anything? Having doubts is natural and smart and it prevents us from making rash choices. We doubt, when something is too
good to be true, then it surely is. Doubt is a feeling of uncertainty towards something,
people or ideas and beliefs.
Having a doubt in your mind doesn't make you a doubter. Doubt encourages re-thinking
of a matter. Its purpose is to sharpen your mind rather than to change it. Your doubts can force you to ask yourself questions, look for answers and then take actions. The tendency
of doubts is to slow us down and to give us time for reflection on some issues. Our doubts should have a purpose. They should always make us want to learn the truth.
Doubt can be negative or even crippling but for the most part, doubt helps us not to do stupid things or get us into bad situations. Doubt is uncertainty in the context of trust,
where it takes a form of distrust, action, decision or belief. It implies challenging some
notion of reality in effect and may involve hesitating to take a relevant action, due to
concern that one might be mistaken or at fault. The term "to doubt" can also mean "to question" one's circumstances and life experience.
Doubt can leave us in a state of utter confusion. Anything that is questionable or causes doubt, especially an argument or a claim is a form of fear. In politics, ethics, law where
very important decisions are made that are often determine the course of someone's life, doubt is central and often motivates an elaborate adversarial process to carefully sort through all the evidence to come to a decision.
A lack of confidence in oneself can also be a source of doubt. Doubt is a calculating
function that based on previous experiences, lets you determine a person or a situation
and your level of certainty and confidence in it. When we feel inadequate, demotivated or confused, we may fuel and inner sense of doubt by doubting ourselves, our abilities,
values, conscience and so on. Sometimes, doubting a person or circumstances may
simply be a reflection of our own inner doubt.
Fear can also play a part of doubt. When feeling fearful, I imagine our sense of doubt, or lack thereof does depend on our inner state of experience. Doubt is not a pleasant experience. In order to build confidence in ourselves, in the people around us and in our circumstances, we must try to identify the source of our doubt.
Is the doubt justified emotionally, rationally or intuitively? When feeling doubtful is there
an inner experience of fear, or a lack of confidence in a person, or circumstance or yourself? Do you play a role in the perception of doubt?
As you look for the answer to what is causing your doubts, you may discover truths disguised by the hustle and bustle of life. Don’t stop until the reason for your doubt is clear.
After you discover it, you can take action. Only then can you can let go of doubt; and doubt can let go of you!
Instead of holding onto nagging doubts forever, use hesitations in a positive way. Employ doubts to propel you forward. When faced with doubt, ask yourself, “Why do I have this feeling?” See it as a sign that something needs your attention. Take a moment for constructive thought and confidently assert yourself!
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