Question Your Doubts – Motivation By Mark Schwab

It seems the past few weeks I have talked with several people from many arenas who are struggling with doubts; maybe you currently are, maybe not. Regardless, you have been there and will be there again.

How successful are your current methods of breaking up the gale of doubt? Maybe you give it no thought and just accept the doubts and place everything on hold until the uncertainties pass.

From my experience as a human, I can safely say most people accept the doubts and do little-to-nothing to alter or improve their psychological state. We’re not so much responsible for what comes into our mind. However, we’re responsible for how long we entertain specific thoughts. I understand how frustrating it can be to move out of a defeating mental state into a beneficial condition. Listen, you’re going to be thinking a long time, so why not be the director of your mental form. It takes no more time to work at thinking beneficial than it does to think in defeating habits.

Since you’re going to be thinking anyway, organize your thinking to live and deliver what you really want. You’re competent enough to achieve. If you want to think in helpful and useful ways, you will have to work at it. Awareness and making conscious decisions to challenge doubts will change your life. There is a great saying-We are the sole authors of our condition. You can roll your eyes and let the mental chips fall where they may, or you can get involved with what is occupying your mind, work to improve your mental state, and attain the results you’re capable of.

You can turn doubt on itself by creating doubts about your doubts. Are you confused? So am I. Let me try again. Doesn’t it make sense that if we question our readiness, worth, or whether we’re good enough, etc, that we can question our doubts as well?

Whenever we feel doubtful or uncertain about something, we can spin doubt on itself by using questions to create doubt. By nature, questions break up certainty; questions create doubt. Why not create doubt in our uncertainties? Why not begin to question your doubts?

If we begin to question our abilities and feel doubtful, why not question if we can actually do it? Instead of doubts about our ability, why not doubt about our inability? What if we try and turn out to be excellent at “it”? What if everyone is wrong about you? What if you’re wrong about you?

We can turn hesitation on itself through the use of questions. We know all fears are created in our minds. Thinking is a process of constructing and ordering ideas. We simply need to change how we construct our ideas.

Questions are very powerful as a directional device for our minds; it’s the process where we tap into real power. Whatever we ask of our mind, we will get an answer. Seek and we shall find. Ask and we will receive. We will always get an answer; we just need to be aware of it. If it’s not an answer we can profit from then we ask questions until we get an answer that will assist us in our pursuit. The only idea you need to remember and exercise is – thinking cannot be stopped but it can be changed. It’s about taking action and it’s about taking action NOW!

Mark Schwab was recently an assistant coach at the University of Northern Iowa. Previously he spent nine years as assistant coach at the University of Minnesota, helping the program to seven top-three team finishes at the NCAA Championships and two NCAA team titles. As a wrestler, Schwab was an All-American for the University of Northern Iowa during the late 1980s. Schwab earned his bachelor’s degree in 1990 from the University of Northern Iowa and his master’s degree from the University of Minnesota in 2003. Schwab returned to the University of Minnesota to get a second emphasis in sports psychology on his existing master’s and completed that in 2010. Email Mark at

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