As human beings, we have a natural drive to create and progress. But often, we struggle with – and sometimes are even plagued with – discouragement and doubt. It is a frustrating, defeating and painful place to be mentally.
There have been plenty of times when I have doubted myself and believed that I “Would NEVER, could NEVER be a good mother, be able to make this right, be good enough, figure it out, love myself, do what everyone needs me to do.”
In fact, the other day as I was sitting and thinking about my current goals I am working toward, I was overwhelmed with the painful thought that “I will never reach my goal.” I believed it and I was heartbroken. But then, the thought came to my mind,
“But what if…. I can?”
I felt a glimmer of hope underneath the pile of pain.
“But what if…it IS possible?”
Before I knew it, I was actually starting to believe once again in the possibility of reaching my goal. It was exciting and scary, but I was reminded of how challenging my doubts can create a powerful shift in my emotions and actions for the better.
Perhaps you find yourself swimming in questions of doubt right now.
Perhaps, you too are thinking thoughts like, “What if I can’t do this? What if I ruin my child? What if I never feel better? What if I make the wrong decision?”
Dieter F. Uchtdorf said, “Doubt your doubts before you doubt your faith.” This, my friends, is good advice, because WHAT IF…? “What if you can do it, you help your child, you feel bettereventually or you make the right decision?” THEN what?!?!
For me the answer was “Then I will keep going.” And I am glad I did, because I am closer to reaching my goal now, and it is important to me.
In the end, I realize that I didn’t need to know it was possible, I just needed to know it WASN’T IMPOSSIBLE.
What would change in your life TODAY if you questioned your doubts with “But what if…?”, and allowed yourself to BE the creator of what is possible in your own life?