Have Doubts?


I cannot tell a lie (wait, wasn’t that George Washington who said that, after chopping down the cherry tree, not Ben Franklin?). Anyway, this quote was floating through my mind all week and I thought it was attributed to Oprah Winfrey, because that’s who I first heard it from. A Google search showed me otherwise. Yes folks, it was Benjamin Franklin, the guy who flew a kite with a key on it during a lightening storm, amongst other, er, unusual things. However, if it was good enough for Oprah to adhere to, it’s good enough for me. When in doubt, DON’T. This isn’t about whether or not you should take a risk or step outside of your comfort zone or push past fear or anything like that. It’s about if everything in you is saying, “This doesn’t feel right in any way” then don’t do it! Don’t even try to reason your way into it. Everything I have ever done that didn’t feel right, but I did it anyway, never worked out. Ever.

28 thoughts on “Have Doubts?

  1. I don’t know if I ever mentioned this but I read a book some years back called Blink. Essentially it explains that our first reaction to people and situations are usually accurate. We then tend to overthink a situation or try to rationalize what we’d like to do and end up making the wrong choice.
    Sounds very similar..:)

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      • I think you’d find it interesting. The second half is a little technical but they did studies in married couples, professors and their students, etc.
        You’re probably right about societal conditioning. I suppose we should just trust our instincts more often and not question our gut reactions…:)

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  2. So true! For me, it is especially meaningful when it comes to opening my big mouth. Whenever I find myself thinking, “should I really say that?” then I know the answer is decidedly “No.” And that I need to follow that instinct….

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  3. Funny how so many help books and speakers tell you otherwise: push yourself past your fear!! Don’t listen to those voices in your head, you can be more than you think…. But actually, those voices were put there genetically to tell us when something was NOT right for us to do. When we ignore the signals, then yes, probably something is not right for us to do. Humans have learned to ignore our intuition and this is probably our most powerful tool…. How many terrorist could be stopped if we just could feel the little hairs on the back of our necks stand up when we felt some odd is about to happen, or someone is just not right?? We need to listen to these signals.

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