Happiness is a thermometer in that it gives a reading based on how you feel in response to events around you. Joy is a thermostat that gives you opportunities to regulate responses from within. Some have then described joy as adequate, for it allows an individual who possesses it to act in an unadulterated and unabashed way. It is tough in post-modern thinking to experience the euphoria of true joy when doubt lingers in one’s mind about commitments, contributions, character, and confidence. Doubt usually creeps into one’s psyche when we wonder if we are making a difference and whether the myriad of choices that becomes one’s life is more than a checklist of duties that earned a paycheck.
Joy comes when you can surrender to the moment and ignore the nagging self-doubt that seems to manifest every time you make a mistake. The Apostle Thomas expressed doubt because he wanted proof. However, the Good Lord reminded everyone that belief is rooted in faith and not sight. People in positions of power, influence, and authority have an uncanny ability to curtail ambition and propagate fear so that there is just enough doubt in you regarding your knowledge. This nagging suspicion about whether you are hitting the mark on the productive roads of progress causes just the right amount of doubt that makes you second guess your entire arsenal. A knee-jerk reaction about ineptitude or an outright confession about your desire to belong and your willingness to correct your action is the result. Self-doubt wins and suddenly levels the playing field by pulling you back to the packs who want you to belong in the name of the team. A little doubt goes a long way in messing with the swing of a batter, the putting stroke of a golfer, or the confidence of a race car driver making a turn at two hundred miles an hour.
The Apostle Thomas, whose moniker was Doubting Thomas, eventually set sail to prove his belief and test his faith. A distant sub-continent would be the land he evangelized. This final frontier is the setting for his life, legacy, and lessons, a land that doubted everything he did. His competition would be what others believed, and his confidence was what he knew to overcome their doubts.
Realizing that doubt is natural and fear is common is the first step in the competition. If you have prepared well and understood the rules of the game, you have earned the right to be in the batter’s box. The coach’s plan for your success is to play your part and belong well. The umpire’s role is to ensure that you understand the boundaries of the game. The pitchers aim to get you out, and he conspires with the catcher to make sure they can derail you. Your job is to shrug off the doubts that come with each at-bat as you erase the memory of a strikeout and replace it with one that includes a home run. The results that rule an enterprise are a combination of the output of many different people and are based on averages so that an organization can nurture scalable behavior. You are unique. There are times when you will be below average, and you know you need to improve. There are other times when you will be above average and succeed. Succumbing to doubt forces you to be average from within and messes with your ability to have joy. Stop doubting and start living. Remind yourself of the billions that inhabit the earth; a perfect creator made you His creation. You were created to overcome doubt, accept renewal, harness faith, and show others “why” you believe.
About the Author
In many ways, Krish Dhanam is the embodiment of the American Dream. With only $9 in his pocket, he migrated to the United States in 1986 with his bride, Anila, and a chance encounter with the legendary motivator, Zig Ziglar, served as the catalyst that launched his speaking career. As one of only two executive coaches personally trained by Ziglar, Krish has successfully delivered his message of hope, humor and balance in over seventy countries and across the continental United States.