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Understanding Doubt

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“Inaction breeds doubt and fear. Action breeds confidence and courage. If you want to conquer fear, do not sit home and think about it. Go out and get busy.” – Dale Carnegie

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I was inspired to write this post because of a self improvement seminar I’ve been listening to now (and watching on occasion) for at least a year. The lessons in the seminar have had a profound affect on the way I think. 

TheYou Were Born Rich seminar was recorded in 1988, and is based on the book written by the same man who presents it, Bob Proctor. Proctor is a Law of Attraction teacher, but he is able to explain the principles in such basic terms that it becomes less “woo” and more of a lesson in science and quantum physics. And the production is fabulously 80’s. Take note Stranger Things fans!

Powerful Quote

There’s a powerful quote that I love from the seminar about doubt:

“Doubt is a reflection of conditioning, not a reflection of your potential.”

In other words, the conditioned mind is what creates doubt. Another point Proctor makes in his seminar is the conditioned mind, or subconscious, is like a mold. What you pour in is what you get out. Period.

When we are in a creative state, and trying to create something entirely new, whether it be art, or a business, a song or a major purchase, or a new relationship, if there isn’t something in the “mold” of our conditioned mind to support it, we experience doubt.


Your potential

Doubt literally comes from not having the brain cells yet to support the new thing. And the only way to create those new brain cells is to repetitively think a new thought, or take an action, over and over. This is how a conditioned mind becomes reprogrammed. 

Brainwashing has a bad connotation, but if brain washing yourself to believe thoughts could lead to the life of your dreams, would you do it? In this sense, brainwashing is just consciously thinking and accepting new thoughts, so other thoughts contained in your subconscious become weaker and weaker.

In this way, you can start to realize the potential of your conscious, creative mind with the HELP of your subconscious mind.



In the seminar here is what Proctor suggests: write down the result you want to create on a card and read it over and over, everyday, until it’s true.

Yep, it’s that simple. But guess what can happen? You do this exercise for a few days, or a few weeks, or a few months, and you don’t yet see the result in your reality, and so…. you DOUBT. Don’t let that stop you. That just means the thought hasn’t been cemented into your subconscious mind as belief. But if you are persistent, it will happen.

For a much deeper understanding, give yourself the gift of watching the full seminar. Here is the accompanying workbook. Then do as Proctor suggests, and make it a habit to go back to the seminar and re-listen on a continual basis I honestly think I’ll listen to it for the rest of my life. Here is the audio version of the seminar. 


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