Works all the time when I decide to use it.
It’s not about being right. It's about leaving no time for doubt, second guesses, "stinking thinking," excuses, blames, or the "if only’s".
"Trust is a must or your game is a bust," is an old bowling affirmation & a call for certainty.
Where does the certainty come from? Is certainty a belief or from the outcome of our experience? Does our belief’s create certainty?
If certainty comes from experience, how does that work with new goals, or with the experiences that didn't work?
What about the times when being optimistic (a certainties attitude) failed, thus becoming pessimistic and doubt wins.
I have battled the doubt & certainty continuum from "for sure," through "maybe," into "no way".
Certainty needs decision & commitment as partners to battle doubt.
In sports there never is time for doubt. Practice, planning & preparation with coaching is how to create victory. Don't leave anything on the field. Have a plan and see the feedback, respond, commit with certainty and the power of a team striving toward Goals. But how do you handle doubt without a group or team, those times when you are solo?
Make Friends with Douby
"Hello, you must be Doubt. I'm Gary I need to find you a job while I pursue my goals. What would you like to do?"
"Hmm, I don't know. Just tell me what to do and I'll, wait. I doubt I'll do it. I'll call my friends the dis's: discouragement, despair, dis-EASE & muddle around in distraction as doubt."
"Well here's an idea," I said, "Why don't you take the job to REMIND me to focus on my goal & appreciate the distance I've traveled."
"Maybe," Doubt replied.
That's probably all one can expect from doubt, "maybe" is a step toward Certainty.