More people fail at what they do because of doubt than for any other reason. In the book, The Traveler’s Gift, doubt is referred to as an “undecided heart.“
Doubt can be debilitating — uncertainty, over-analysis, and a constant need for validation plague those who struggle with it.
Did you know some of the world’s greatest artists also struggled with doubt?
When Pope Julius II asked Michelangelo to paint the ceiling of the Sistine Chapel, he refused, informing the Pope he was a sculptor, not a painter.
Of course, he eventually changed his mind and painted one of the world’s most incredible masterpieces.
Leonardo Da Vinci painted The Mona Lisa and The Last Supper, but doubted his ability. “Tell me if I ever did anything…” he wrote in one of his diaries.
Van Gogh wrote, “If you hear a voice within you say you cannot paint, then by all means paint and that voice will be silenced.” He used doubt as motivation.
And therein lies the key — those who overcome doubt make decisions, right or wrong, and then they do what it takes to make that decision work.
Today’s Peace of Wisdom can be found in overcoming doubt with a decided heart.