You think your self doubt protects you, shields you from the unknown, the possibilities of failure. You believe your self doubt has served you well. You do not call it self doubt you call it practical and smart decision making. But deep down you realize that your self doubt has limited your potential. Your life can best be described as humdrum, you are paralyzed to step out of the box and seize the opportunities presented to you for fear of failure There is a part of you that craves more but your self doubt or as you would say your smart and practical decision making has convinced you to accept the status quo. After all you tell yourself if you march to the beat of the drummer and don’t rock the boat everything will be fine. You no longer grow and growth is paramount to a person’s long term happiness in themselves. Fortunately you are not bound by self doubt you can overcome it. The first step is taking a step back and admitting that you have it. Nothing can be overcome unless you believe it is there in the first place. Once you have acknowledged self doubt you define yourself in the positive. Defining yourself in a positive light rather that relying on the opinions of others will help you build self worth. Having a healthy self worth means you look inward not outward for validation never having to question if others think you can accomplish something but knowing you can accomplish it. Embrace the opportunities presented to you with the full knowledge that you may fail. Accept that failure is but a building block of success providing you with valuable lessons. Finally build on your small successes, drink them in no matter how small they may be, as they will help your self confidence evolve. Self confidence is like the proverbial snowball rolling down hill, except your self confidence will be headed the other way, the more you achieve now the greater it becomes later. Once you have decided to step out of the box you are currently in and grab hold of your future follow these steps to cast away your self doubt and to unleash the potential that lives within you.
Rightfully so there are concerns regarding the number of young men of color who are living their lives behind bars. Yet as we walk through our own communities we cannot escape the reality that many of us choose to voluntarily live our own lives behind bars, barricading our homes and ourselves from both the real and perceived dangers of our own communities. It is time for this to change.
It is time that we look inward for solutions to address the issues that plague our communities.
It is time we pull together to uplift our communities spiritually, socially and emotionally.
It is time we work together to increase the financial viability of our communities and those who reside in them.
It is time we strive to turn our communities around, from a place we look to escape to one we want to return to.
It is time!