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Day 36 - Doubt - On The Road To Mayor

July 14, 2015

In the drug world there is something called Suicide Tuesday. 

It typically happens after a wild Saturday night of partying. 

Tuesday is the day when it all comes crashing down around you. 

The strongest drug I've taken since 2003 is Diet Coke and hot tea (not at the same time, that's crazy). The drug culture is a huge part of our society and understanding it is important to understand the entire community. 

But I digress.

I often feel similarly about Tuesday. 

Tuesday is one of those days that is deep in the middle of a work week with no light at the end of the tunnel. 

It's probably my least favorite day of the week. 

It's not uncommon for me to feel a good amount of self doubt on Tuesdays. 

(Can you tell today is Tuesday?)

I rarely see leaders today discuss their weaknesses. That's a shame. 

People in charge often say things like:

  • Pull yourself up by your bootstraps. 
  • Fake it till you make it. 
  • Work harder. 

Sometimes none of that is possible. 

Churchill talked of the black dog that often plagued him during hard times. 

Eisenhower's doubts about success in the face of a highly-defended and well-prepared enemy led him to consider what would happen if the invasion of Normandy failed. 

"Why have you forsaken me," asked Jesus. 
The greatest among us are touched by doubt. 

But doubt can be useful. 

It lets you see things that blind optimism can miss entirely. 

It lets you be humble. 

It reminds you that life comes with no guarantees. 

It's ok if you doubt yourself. It probably just means you are thoughtful. 

I'll leave you with this:

Mother Teresa: " Do It Anyway"

(This was found written on the wall in Mother Teresa's home for children in Calcutta.)

              People are often unreasonable, irrational, and self-centered. Forgive them anyway.

            If you are kind, people may accuse you of selfish, ulterior motives. Be kind anyway.

            If you are successful, you will win some unfaithful friends and some genuine enemies. Succeed anyway.

           If you are honest and sincere people may deceive you. Be honest and sincere anyway.

            What you spend years creating, others could destroy overnight. Create anyway.

            If you find serenity and happiness, some may be jealous. Be happy anyway.

            The good you do today, will often be forgotten. Do good anyway.

         Give the best you have, and it will never be enough. Give your best anyway.

         In the final analysis, it is between you and God. It was never between you and them anyway.

- credited to Mother Teresa

The picture is from here:

That's a great post on doubt in leadership, by the way. 

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