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Don't Let Doubt Psych You Out

“Doubt kills more dreams than failure ever will.” -Suzy Kassem

One of our family mantras is to “Try New Things”. Whether it’s sampling a new type of food, reading a different genre, or simply saying yes to an unfamiliar experience. This tenet has also guided my professional mindset. I use it to help shape my choices in work assignments, learning opportunities, as well as networking and relationship building. But I will admit there are times that the discomfort of whatever the “new thing” is lures me into “psyching myself out”. ⚠️

I recently agreed to try indoor skydiving with my kids and some friends.🙋🏻‍♀️Till the night before, I didn’t really think about it - then when the waiver arrived to sign, I started doing an internet search on “indoor skydiving injuries”. Not smart.🤦🏻‍♀️ You guessed it, I couldn’t stop doom scrolling.😱 It took one of my daughters to say “Mom, stop psyching yourself out. This is going to be fun,” to snap me out of it. Of course, she was right. 💯

My doubt almost got in the way of me experiencing something I had always wanted to try. I let myself “get inside my head” too much vs. focusing on the motivation, excitement, possibilities of the unknown which could and would expand my horizons in some way.💡 Has this ever happened to you? It’s during times like these when the people around you can help you refocus and reset - just like my daughter did for me. 👍🏽 Both professionally and personally, I feel this is something we can do for each other more often, positively and constructively – providing encouragement and support to those around us, helping them to live a growth-filled life. 🌱

As for my skydiving future, it’s one and done for the indoor flavor. If there is a next time, it’s gonna be out of a plane. 🪂🛩️😉

PS - thanks to the folks at iFLY Indoor Skydiving. We had a blast! ✨

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