Double Doubt

As an experiential learner, there is no doubt.  Sorry, there is no doubt that I didn’t finish that sentence.

As an experiential learner, there is no doubt that you will have doubts.  Doubtless, you will often be doubtful.  Can I do this?  What will happen if I mess it up?  Won’t they laugh at me?  What should I do next?  Am I stupid?  Why can’t I get the hang of this?  Why am I so clumsy?  It’s very doubtful that these doubting questions are all the doubts you will have.  Wherever there’s a way to learn, there’s a will to doubt.

Doubt takes off in many directions; it can lead to anguish, fear, hesitation or regret.  Be in no doubt that doubt has a large opportunity cost, particularly from the things that doubt prevents you from doing.  It is an effort to overcome doubt and walk through the door:

But ‘walking through the door’ is not always easily achievable – doubt can dominate.  It’s not possible to simply dismiss your doubts; however, doubling up on your doubts could be a solution.  If you have doubts about your learning and/or abilities, then why not doubt your doubts?

Research has suggested that it’s better to question your doubts – be doubtful about them – and, through this internal interrogation, turn the certainty that you cannot into a possibility that you can.  Think of this as untying the ‘not’ and discarding it.

Rather than learning in the shadows of self-doubt, realise that these doubts do not reflect certainties but simply possibilities that can be managed and reduced, if not eliminated.  Fail to doubt your doubts and they may become self-fulfilling prophecies; doubt your doubts and become self-fulfilling.  Do you have any doubts about your doubts?  You do – that’s great news!

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