Fighting Your Demons: The Story of Doubt and Delay
Do you know what stops you from achieving your dreams?
Millions of negative thoughts start sprouting up in our head as soon as we think about starting something new. The fear of failure paralyzes us to the extent that we never move out from our comfort zones. As a result, we all go through life without achieving the big dreams we dreamed and the many goals we had once set for the future.
Arthur Montgomery lived in the same fear for forty odd-years of his life. He was a chef in a lawyer’s suit. He spent every day in the courtrooms prosecuting criminals and fighting off crime on the streets.
However, he could never fight against his inner demons.
At home when he looked in the mirror he saw a failure. His haggard features and lifeless eyes mocked him. He could hear his reflection taunt him,
“Are you happy playing the by your father’s playbook?’
Arthur washed his face and tried to shake off the wistful dreams that haunted him at night. It was true he had given up a culinary career to run the family law firm.
‘Women cook my boy. Men hunt!’ his father had said.
On Arthur’s part, he too didn’t fight against the rules. He feared that rebellion would only lead to failure. He wasn’t even sure if he was good enough to succeed in the field of his choice.
At the breakfast table the next morning, Arthur was still dreaming of ‘what could have been’. He thought about the sun-lit vineyards, the intoxicating aroma of freshly picked tomatoes. He thought about the Italian restaurant he had conjured up in his dreams.
“Did you always want to be a lawyer, Papa?’’ asked ten-year-old Madeline.
‘’ Not, really,’ he replied with a heavy sigh.
‘’ Did Doubt and Delay stop you from following your dream?’’ Madeline wondered aloud.
‘’What do you mean?’’ Arthur inquired intrigued.
On that cue, little Madeline narrated a story she had learned at school. It gave Arthur the courage to resign and join an apprenticeship under a chef.
This is the story that changed his life:
‘Every day we wake up to hear Doubt and Delay discussing our plans. They are bad thoughts that weigh the happy ones down. They dictate our life and strip down our confidence.
Doubt says, “What if you fail? Are you really sure about this?’’
Delay adds, “This isn’t the right time my friend. You don’t have the resources or the experience to do this.’’
If you aren’t strong enough you agree with them. Then years go by and you realize that you are stuck in a cage built by the negativity they fed you. That you no longer have time to achieve the big things you always wanted!
When in reality all you had to do was say no to them. You can actually say no right now and they won’t bother you anymore!’
Inspired by this quote:
‘’Our destiny is decided by how well we know our demons of Doubt and Delay, how well we defend against them, and how many battles we win against them each day of our lives.” ~ Brendon Burchard
A Selection of Doubt and Delay Quotes
“Some of our important choices have a time line. If we delay a decision, the opportunity is gone forever. Sometimes our doubts keep us from making a choice that involves change. Thus an opportunity may be missed.” ~ James E. Faust
“Your goals, minus your doubts, equal your reality.” ~ Ralph Marston
“We all have our ways of handling fear and managing trying; jumping in or climbing down, a direct approach or a delay, joyful or miserable, a spirit of adventure, or God help me, get this thing over with.” ~ Kristin Armstrong
“Doubts never end. If one doubt is removed, another takes its place. It is like removing the leaves of a tree one by one. Even if all the leaves are clipped off, new ones grow. The tree itself must be uprooted.” ~ Ramana Maharshi
“Change your life today. Don’t gamble on the future, act now, without delay.” ~ Simone de Beauvoir
“You may delay, but time will not.” ~ Benjamin Franklin
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