Doubt. That uncertainty feeling that makes us hesitate about our abilities, ideas, capacity, etc. We all live with certain uncertainties within ourselves, and encounter doubts along the way towards success. But what differentiates people who succeed and people who stay somewhere along the way towards success, is the way we choose to react to doubts.
This Monday I encountered a huge doubt. After separating from the “Cuéntame Perú” group, I found myself struggling to find a project. Arianna and I decided to stick together, while Emilio and Matthias drifted apart. It was Monday afternoon, and Arianna and I were planning to approach a project promoting autonomous learning in different schools around Lima. The idea sounds great when you hear it for the first time, but as soon as we started planning the project, a colossal feeling of doubt invaded my mind. I figured that I wasn’t passionate about this project, plus, I didn’t even think it would work. Regardless I decided to ignore the doubt and kept working, just hoping to finish with the project and get a good grade.
Mr. Bon noticed this uncertainty and lack of motivation, and requested to have a chat with me. I told him about how I doubted so much in the project, but still preferred to live with those doubts than to drift apart from Arianna and start my own project. After some reflective conversations with Mr. Bon, I finally understood that what I was doing was something completely foolish; I was hanging on to a project I didn’t believe in just by the fear of getting out of my comfort zone and making my own project depending in no one else than myself. I took a leap of faith, and decided to create my own project based on my personal interests: children education, and writing. I finally decided to write a children’s book
This experience provided me one of the most valuable lessons I have learnt in the IA.
Uncertainty isn’t what defines your project, but the way you react to it is.