You Know Your Worst Enemy

If Only It Would
If Only It Would

It’s self-doubt.  Think about it.

“A person who doubts himself is like a man who would enlist in the ranks of his enemies and bear arms against himself.” – Alexandre Dumas

Remember the other day when I said the best way to build self-confidence is to build self-confidence? It’s true.

But maybe you doubt that.

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By jeff noel

Retired Disney Institute Keynote Speaker and Prolific Blogger. Five daily, differently-themed personal blogs (about life's 5 big choices) on five interconnected sites.


  1. During mile 2 of the 5K on Saturday, we were approaching a hill. I told my running partner we would start running as soon as we got to the hill. He said, “You know that’s the tough part.” I told him, “Yeah. But we’ll get through it faster.”

    We didn’t make it all the way up the hill running. But we passed a lot of people on the way and ended up ahead of them at the end of the race. We really weren’t competing against them but against ourselves.

    As a team, we pushed each other a little more, not allowing the seeds of doubt to take root.

  2. So yeah, bet you can’t tell by my responding 9 days later, huh? 🙂

    Life’s been a blur, as of late. Not of activity, but of decision making.
    I have a tendency to metaphorically curl up in a ball and feel sorry for myself and make excuses. That’s what happened…doh!

    I bet it’s more than coincidence, though, that I read your comment on the day that I got up and ran for the first time in a loooooong time! 🙂 I ran outside too!

    Working on priorities and organization right now. I really just need to sign up for a race, to get that hard goal set.
    I’ve pulled in some side-subcontracting work and I’m tutoring some students and my old community college. The first meeting is this coming Saturday morning.
    So, I have to get myself organized. Otherwise, self-destruction is imminent! 🙂

  3. Craig, for many people, the simple act of talking about, or in this case writing about, our struggles, can have amazingly therapeutic benefits.

    Hope that’s the case for you. It seems like it.

    While it’s not for everyone, writing has a way of opening the window to our soul.

    For some, this is a paralyzing thought. For others, it’s the golden ticket.

    The great paradox? We have to find our own way, through trial and error. Mostly error. Keep moving forward. Fall down seven times, get up eight.

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