How to Overcome Self-Doubt & Start Contributing

by Tammy Strobel on October 6, 2010

Have you ever had a meltdown where the lizard brain takes over?

Rewind to Saturday morning and you would have found a teary eyed Tammy standing in the kitchen. Why so many tears?

To make a long story short, I was experiencing a lot of self-doubt.

I kept saying to myself:

I’m not a good writer.

How will I ever finish a book proposal?

Even if I get a decent proposal shipped out the door, will a publisher take me on?

And is it really possible for me to write a print book? Something that’s longer than a guide?

These thoughts lead me tumbling down the rabbit hole filled with fear. Self-doubt and fear is something we all struggle with, but it’s our job to push past this stuff and keep working.

Rather than tumbling down the rabbit hole, it’s essential to remember the big picture. While I’m crying in the kitchen over my feelings of inadequacy, a lot of people don’t have access to clean drinking water or might be looking for a way out of a violent relationship.

Remembering the big picture makes me realize that I am very privileged and I have so much to be grateful for.

Part of my agenda on this blog is to get you to rethink your relationship with stuff, work, time, and money. And more importantly to remember that we’re all interconnected. The broader goal of living a simple, minimalist life is to change the world for the better.

If you want to overcome self-doubt and start contributing let’s take a look at a few examples of organizations and people who are making the world a better place through their contributions:

1. Living Yoga is a non-profit outreach program “teaching yoga as a tool for personal change in prisons, drug and alcohol rehabilitation centers, transitional facilities, and to populations who would otherwise not have access to it.” Yoga has the power to change the world by helping people become more mindful and aware of their choices. {Read more here.}

2. Chris Guillebeau donates 10% of his annual income to a charity. In addition, Chris is donating a portion of earnings from this book sales to The Ethiopia Water Project.

3. Karol Gajda, of Ridiculously Extraordinary, recently organized a minimalist book sale. And this sale wasn’t about putting money into his pocket. He donated the first 24 hours of profits to Kiva.org. His original goal was to send $2,000 to Kiva. But, Karol sent over $9,000 to the organization!

P.S. Today is the last day of the sale, so be sure to check it out!

How do you overcome self-doubt and contribute to the greater good? Leave a comment and share your story.

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