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!