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  • Nan Russell

Those Weeds of Self-Doubt


It’s easy to let them grow – even thrive. You know the ones. Those head-voices that discourage you, berate you, or plant seeds of not-enough-ness, sprouting a garden of self-doubt in your head.


If you let them thrive, some may morph into “Imposter Syndrome” – a sense that everyone is doing great, while you’re feeling like a fraud, second-guessing your abilities, or sabotaging your own success.


Recently, I needed more weed-pulling. The querying stage involved in finding the right literary agent to represent my latest manuscript, in addition to the book publisher submission process, can be daunting. I’d forgotten how much rejections fertilize the weed-growing soil in my head.


Left alone, a self-doubt weed can overtake a garden of good ideas, motivation, initiative, or positive thinking. So as soon as its ugly head pops through, causing second thoughts about your dreams or aspirations or abilities, the task is not to feed it, but to stomp it out.


What I’ve learned about self-doubt weeds is this: There’s a powerful connection between the thoughts we have and the results we get. Or as one of my favorite t-shirts reminds me, “Don’t believe everything you think.”


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