Doubt is an uncertain feeling or lack of self-assurance. We are often our own worst enemies and set up our own failure by doubting our own abilities. Doubt causes us to be unsure in the face of our challenges, the exact time when we need self-assurance. Doubt can arise for several reasons.
- Past failures. As stated before, everyone has failed and will fail at different points in their lives.
- False guilt. You feel incapable and are overly hard on yourself.
- Negative influences. These may come from your environment or from the people with which you interact. You must change your environment and circle of friends.
- Poor self-image. We are the way we think we are. If you have a poor self-image, you need to start believing in yourself and realize that you are ultimately responsible for your own self-image.
Many delay testing for rank advancement because they doubt their ability, even when reassured by their instructors. Remember, if you have done a technique correctly once, you can do it again.