Normally, I post my Simple Living News Update and video blog on Friday. But I’m leaving for Fishtrap tomorrow. In addition, I’ve received a lot of questions about how to overcome self-doubt and fear this week. So I decided to post my update sooner, rather than later. 🙂
For those of you who can’t watch the video, here’s a quick summary of my talk . . .
Even if you’re a chronic worrier like me, there are strategies you can use to overcome self-doubt. Here are a few that I use everyday.
1. Start small. I’m a huge believer in micro-actions. By taking one small step everyday, you can accomplish big projects. For example, if you’re a writer make time to write. For instance, I write 2,000 words everyday. Most of the writing isn’t very good. But it’s a start. I can edit that content for my book or blog posts.
Taking the time to start and finish a project can help you overcome self-doubt.
2. Open your mind and read a few good books. Right now I’m reading a fantastic book called The Element. It’s full of tips, tools and stories that will inspire you to pursue your dreams.
3. Connect to your community. Volunteering benefits your community and you. It turns out that community-based work makes people very happy and it’s one way to keep your self-doubt in perspective.
Now onto the news . . .
“I don’t mean to be too brash today, but damn it, we really are so lucky. Yes, we all have our own problems —every human being on Earth suffers. It seems absurd to me that someone living in the United States or Europe could go hungry, but I know that it does happen, and that is incredibly sad.
The difference for most of us, though, is that our problems exist on another plane from the rest of the world—a plane where neither outcome, success or failure, affects our quality of life as drastically as it does for others. We’re free to take the risks that will improve our lives because our most basic needs are met. It’s too bad that has to be a luxury.”
“If you’re going to give the printed book, or any other machine-made thing, credit for all the good things that have happened, you have to hold it accountable for the bad stuff, too. The Internet may make for more freedom a hundred years from now, but there’s no historical law that says it has to.
. . . Our trouble is not the over-all absence of smartness but the intractable power of pure stupidity, and no machine, or mind, seems extended enough to cure that.”
“Like a cheesy sci-fi movie, the cyborg built on the strength of humanity will beat the cyborg tricked out with the latest technological innovations any day.”
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