Hopes & Dreams vs. Doubts & Problems

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On your long, challenging path as an entrepreneur, you will frequently come face to face with the ups and downs of life and each time that happens, you have to re-focus and make sure that your mind stays on the right track. We all have hopes and dreams that we work towards. Some are small, some are big and they will always be there to provide motivation if you know where to look for them in your mind. You must always stay the course in order to fight the invisible enemy that slows you down and tries to keep you from getting to where you want to go.

The most challenging form of this problem and one of the hardest obstacles to overcome, are the doubts that creep up on you and eat away at our determination. Especially in those times when you are in between achievements. As an entrepreneur you can (or will) undertake ambitious ventures that take a lot of hard work, time and money to come to fruition. It is normal that from the time you start until the moment you receive proof of concept (usually in the form of revenue or simply breaking even) there will be moments where you ask yourself if you’ve made the right decisions. Many will perceive these thoughts of doubt and worry as a burden because it is unsettling for the mind and keeps you from being the best version of yourself.

Doubt itself is a useful thing if you can control the dosage that you allow your mind to process. There are signification thinkers who believed that you must doubt everything:

If you would be a real seeker after truth, it is necessary that at least once in your life you doubt, as far as possible, all things. – Rene Descartes

I’m not saying that you should just put on a blindfold and drive, full throttle into a wall but you can’t shy away from difficult times either. The comfort zone is a treacherous place that holds no hope for success. What I’m trying to say is that doubts and worries are very normal and if you channel them right, they will heighten your sense and attention towards risks in the future. All of these sentiments are valuable to train and tune your anticipation skills! Embrace the doubts you face and take them apart, bit by bit. See what is real and what is irrelevant.

It is beyond a doubt that all our knowledge begins with experience. – Immanuel Kant

I like to let my doubts and problems go head to head with my hopes and dreams in my mind. Its usually an interesting intellectual debate. What it always boils down to is reason versus emotion. However, I feel that it is an uneven fight in most cases because emotions have no place in the world of business (unless you are using them to sell something). At the same time, hopes and doubts are both made out of the same, illusive & intangible matter…

I’m often debating with myself whether I want simply to “listen to my gut” or if I should take things apart brick by brick and see what’s behind the wall of doubt. In the end I always face things head on and see where it takes me. As human beings, this is our most evident, simple choice. Once you’ve faced your doubts and problems with reason and determination you will see what they are made of and if they are real enough to stop you from moving forward.

You want to put one step in front of the other, make progress in a steady and sustainable way. The quicker you move, the more uncertainty can creep into your daily life and eat away at your motivation and determination. If you know what you are getting yourself into, the doubts will quickly fade.

As an entrepreneur I need to convey the following message: Consider your doubts but don’t let them paralyse you or let them keep you from achieving your dreams. There will always be problems but you have the gift of the creative human mind to solve them. There is nothing to be afraid of, if you stay on the right path. Worries are a waste of time; time that is better spent working on turning your dreams into reality.

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