How to overcome self doubt?

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Everybody is saying, believe in yourself. But Sadhguru says, you must always doubt yourself. Only if you have a doubt, you will seek. If something goes wrong, the first person you should look at is yourself.


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How to overcome self doubt?

The following is an unedited transcript of Sadhguru's video. For better readability, breaks and highlights have been added by the editors.

Questioner: Namaskaram Sadhguru. Could you talk about self doubt and how one can extinguish it?

Sadhguru: It’s good to doubt yourself. I know everybody’s telling you, Believe in yourself, Believe in yourself. I would say please doubt yourself. If something goes wrong you always see maybe it’s you, first. This would have been teaching you all the time. Whatever is going right or wrong in your life, first thing is to see, maybe it’s me who caused this. Look at it carefully, if it’s not you then we look at others.

Instead of doubting others around you, it’s better to doubt yourself

Instead of doubting others around you, it’s better to doubt yourself. Maybe you didn’t do it well. Oh! But this is not allowing me… No you will walk sensibly. The so-called confident idiots are stepping on everybody’s everything and walking. Little doubt will bring little sense into you. You’ll walk a little more gently upon this planet.

Self-belief or any kind of belief will bring you confidence without clarity – which is a destructive thing. The world, the level of damage that’s happened to this planet, and to life around us. Everything is because – confidence without clarity. If you had little doubt about what you’re doing, you would think 10 times before you do something, isn’t it? And that would be a sensible world. I want everybody to have some self-doubt.

Please, don’t think you’re always perfect and superhuman or something. Superhuman beings must go, we need only human beings on this planet. They don’t even know how to wear their underwear. We don’t like such people. All these superheroes – I think almost all of them origins in California, isn’t it? Am I correct? Superman, Superwoman, Spiderman – all are California born? Ok. One wears an underwear over the, whatever the attire. Another wears a belt over the underwear. Another puts it over his head. And for this they’re super. No, we want normal sensible human beings. We don’t want super human beings, because they always did stupid things. So people who think they’re super, they always did stupid, idiotic, life damaging things. We want sensible, normal, joyful human beings. We can have a beautiful life here.

Doubt means you’re searching for truth. Do not transform your doubt into suspicion

And normal human beings should always doubt everything that they’re doing. Because, you don’t have a complete vision of the existence. You’re only seeing existence in little pieces, always. With little pieces if you have too much confidence, you’re a dangerous creature. With little pieces we know how to do little things. We don’t know how to conduct the whole existence, all right. It’s best to be in self-doubt. It’s a great virtue. Don’t think it is a problem. Look at the super confident idiots who are trampling on this planet, and think you want to be like them. No, it’s alright to doubt.

Yes, doubt is good. Doubt means you’re searching for truth. Do not transform your doubt into suspicion. Suspicion is a sickness. Something must be wrong. This is suspicion. Something may be wrong, this is okay. It’s okay, it keeps you alert, aware, conscious. Always on your toes not on your ass. Yes! It’s a good way to be.

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