Thoughts of doubt and fear can never
accomplish anything. They
always lead to failure.
There is significant economic evidence that the Great Depression might
have been avoided but for the "panic" that swept over the
country (and the world) after the 1929 stock market crash. What should
have been no more than a deep recession altered our world forever
because of the prevailing "thoughts of doubt and fear."
So great were the thought of fear that President Roosevelt felt
compelled to deliver a speech about it. By the way, FDR's speech with
his now famous, "the only thing we have to fear is fear
itself," was suggested to him by Napoleon Hill, author of the
classic Think and Grow Rich.
If the thoughts of many can bring such great tragedy to our world, is
it any wonder that our personal thoughts can do so much damage to our
individual world. When we spend inordinate amounts of time fearing
some thing or event in the future, many times that which we fear comes
upon us. When it does, we wring our hands in despair and wonder why it
had to happen to us, when in reality, we are responsible for our
Bob Proctor says that the process begins first with a thought of
doubt, which causes an emotion of fear, which manifests itself
physically as anxiety. Anxiety robs us of our power, our energy and
our purpose. Severe anxiety can even undermine our health. And it's
all brought on by a thought of doubt.
I have found three things that help me conquer doubt. First, change
your mind about the doubt, and keep it changed. If you have a doubt
about whether you're going to have enough money to make it to the end
of the month, change your mind about it. Whenever the doubt creeps in,
affirm to yourself that "I always find a way to have enough of
what I need." I love what Emmet Fox says about this, "If you
will change your mind concerning anything and absolutely keep it
changed, that thing must and will change too. It is the keeping up of
the change in thought that is difficult. It calls for vigilance and
The second thing that overcomes fear and doubt is action. "Do the
thing you fear and fear will disappear" is more than a nice
rhyming aphorism. It's some simple wisdom that always works!
And the third and most important thing to overcoming doubt and fear is
Faith. Fear and Faith are directly opposite views of the future and
they cannot co-exist. My Faith is in a Creator who has given me
dominion over all things. Your Faith may be elsewhere, but know this:
Faith and fear cannot be present at the same time.
And that's worth thinking about.
Vic Johnson is a
St. Augustine, Florida-based Internet Infopreneur, author, speaker and
founder of a host of personal development websites.