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  • Writer's pictureJared Yellin

Are You Exempt?



“I am most certainly not immune from doubt, but I am exempt from my doubt holding back my actions.”

- Jared Yellin


I wake up in doubt…

I eat lunch in doubt…

I sleep with doubt…

I go to the gym with doubt…

I sit in my office with doubt…


BUT


This doubt NEVER holds back my actions and in reality, only pushes me harder to combat this limiting belief that is dramatically impacting the way most people live.


Listen, I am NO different than you…


I was not born with more certainty than you…

I was not born with extreme self-confidence…

I was not born believing that I was unstoppable…


If anything, it was the exact opposite…


But I remember at an early age (probably around 11 years old) walking to home plate in the bottom of the 6th inning (final inning in little league) with two outs and the bases loaded and my team was losing by three runs. The walk to the plate felt like miles as my mind was racing with doubt…


“What if I don’t perform?”

“This pitcher throws so fast.”

“Why couldn’t someone else have this opportunity.”


As my mind was racing, I finally paused for one second as the batter's box was one step away, took a deep breath, and something came over me as I exhaled and inhaled…


“You are never presented with more than you can handle…”

“This is MY time…”

“I am unstoppable!”


This was the first time that I can recall my doubt converting into my catalyst and as I stood awaiting the pitcher to throw the ball…


I knew it was game - set - match!


On the first pitch I unleashed all of my CERTAINTY on the ball and the next thing I knew the crowd was screaming out of control as the ball soared way over the fence for a walk-off grand slam.


As I ran the bases, I knew that day would be the day when my deepest certainty was born and I would NOT be stopped…



BUT My Doubt Has Never Dissipated, It Just Does Not Stop Me


This is really the key..


My doubt is omnipresent…

My doubt lingers…

My doubt shows up…


It just does not stop me!


I am not exempt…

I am not immune…

I am not different than you…


But my doubt NEVER stops me…


And it’s NOT positive self-talk that allows me to overcome this voice and feeling, rather it’s the awareness of its ethos and the fact that MY DOUBT EXISTS…


Just knowing that this voice and feeling is present and knowing it’s derived from a place of…


You can’t…

You shouldn’t…

You won’t…


Allows me and motivates me to combat it immediately before the voice becomes too loud.


I know you know this, but what you fuel, what you think into, what you focus on…


WILL EXPAND!


It will literally TAKE OVER and since I was 11 years old and won that baseball game I realized - it ain’t going to take over me!



This Is How I Always Defeat My Doubt


My certainty has become formulaic at this point which means…


I AM POSITIVE you can do what I do too…


YES, I have now operated this way for 25 years…

YES, I have been able to build momentum…

YES, it will take you time to get to the point that I am at, but progress in this domain is life-changing…


Even if initially you only defeat your doubt 10% of the time that’s 10% more than before and with a few victories - it will begin to feel easy, exciting, and your new norm.


Here are the 4-Steps I have deployed - and still deploy - to use my doubt as my single greatest catalyst...


Step 1: Immediate recognition that my doubt is NOT how I feel


Eckhart Tolle talks about becoming the WATCHER of the THINKER and that is exactly what you must do with DOUBT. The moment that your doubt creeps in - I know you know it - and it’s time to WATCH your THINKING and then SHIFT IT immediately. I call this “tangibilizing my thoughts.” The reason most people struggle with controlling their headspace is because they can’t physically move their thoughts. But if you were to envision your thoughts as a physical object, you would be able to MOVE them to where they need to reside. And your doubt should reside anywhere other than where it shows up right now.


Step 2: What if I don’t


This question is usually the one that PROPELS me into action because once I recognize the doubt around any decision that I am about to make, I then ask myself this question…


What if I don’t….


What if I don’t take action…

What if I don’t follow through…

What if I don’t accept this challenge…


And I begin to play out this scenario in my life…


Maybe my kids will see me lose to doubt…

Maybe I will miss a huge opportunity for my family…

Maybe I will suffer immensely…


Play out the scenario in your mind and there is a very good chance you won’t even need step 3-5, but just in case you do...


Step 3: What if I do


Now is the time to project yourself into the future and predict all of the breakthroughs that will transpire in your life as a result of using your doubt as a catalyst…


More money…

More time…

More experiences…

More happiness…

More health…

More success…

More abundance…


All of this and more is right around the corner of your doubt which is why I am committed to helping you recognize that DOUBT should and MUST become your catalyst...not tomorrow, not next week, and most certainly not next year but rather RIGHT NOW!


Step Four: How can I guarantee the outcome I desire


The final step that I deploy, only if steps 1-3 have not fully converted my doubt to a catalyst is developing a specific actionable plan that will guarantee my success. For example, maybe you have a new business idea but your doubt is paralyzing you from progressing. I would HIGHLY recommend that your guaranteed outcome plan consists of speaking with three qualified people that will back you with support, mentorship, and maybe money IF/WHEN you pull off this idea. This means - you present your vision and you ASK them for what you need from them. YES, this is probably going to scare you, but what’s more scary than the Step 2 and Step 3 from above?!


You can ALWAYS guarantee your success and this is the final step to convert your doubt into the catalyst it’s meant to be…


So, when will you begin?!?!


ELIMINATE YOUR DOUBT STARTING TODAY!


Live with Intention,


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