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Apr 19, 2011

Fear and Doubt: Life's Biggest Happiness Robbers

Fear and doubt…two of this life’s biggest happiness robbers, according to Marci Shimoff, keynote speaker, New York Times bestselling author and featured teacher in the film and book, The Secret.

Seth Godin said, “When in doubt, look for fear. That’s almost always the source of your doubt.”

When it comes to business, and especially when business is so connected to life, family and friends, which is most often the case in the network-marketing realm, fear and doubt can wreak havoc on all of the above.

So, what do you do with said fear and doubt as they inevitably creep into your life, your business building efforts and more?

A popular knee-jerk reaction is to mask the fear and doubt with faux confidence, usually coming across as arrogance or defensiveness. Another option is to busy one’s self with other tasks and doings and avoid the fear and doubt altogether. While these may offer short-term relief, are they not ways to simply suppress negative feelings until they inevitably resurface and bowl us over in the long run?

Let’s explore some other options…

Embrace the power of positive thinking and habituate ways of being that entice happiness, confidence, peace of mind and success. Norman Vincent Peale, minister and author, penned the book The Power of Positive Thinking that speaks of having faith in oneself and eliminating the most devastating handicap – self doubt, from your life, through visualization, prayerful exercises and positive reinforcements.

Turn to meditation, a deep state of relaxation and according to the Mayo Clinic, during which “you focus your attention and eliminate the stream of jumbled thoughts that may be crowding your mind and causing stress.”

Other forms of mediation include, but are certainly not limited to, yoga, tai chi, qigong and mantras, repeating a calming word or phrase to realign your focus and eliminate harmful distractions throughout your day.

You may also consider exercise, dance, music or any number of fun-filled activities your fear and doubt dissolvers of choice.

And still yet, for others, sometimes, and often times while in the moment when fear and doubt seem to rear their ugly heads, it’s as simple as seeing through the negative emotions to find the peace and courage that you already are.

What is your preferred means to overcoming fear and doubt in your life?

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Shante

MoMonaVie Chief Blogger

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