… He loves me. He loves me not.
… I will succeed. I may not.
… What I am saying is correct. Or it may not be.
Living with doubt is a difficult thing. Our mind wants to settle down, to decide and to select a particular course of action. Every incoming thought wants to settle down somewhere; probably in the close neighborhood of existing thoughts.
And this is what cognitive dissonance is: an uncomfortable feeling caused by holding conflicting ideas simultaneously.
You may not realize it but living in doubt is same as living with many possibilities. Which is probably the essance of creativing or, more accurately, lateral thinking. You always have more than one option to do anything. Keep your options open and live with doubt. Seth Godin says living with doubt is entrepreneurship.
Try living with doubt next year. You will feel the power and, instead of feeling uncomfortable, will start enjoying it.
New year will be here in less than 2 hours. Happy new year.