Contradictory beliefs

By James Hayton,
December 20, 2018
James Hayton is a former physicist, PhD coach and author of "PhD: An uncommon guide"
Since 2010, he's coached hundreds of individual PhD students and now offers
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When you have two (or more) contradictory beliefs, it's as if you have two forces pulling you in opposite directions.

I have to write the best thesis, but I'm terrible at writing

I won't pass my PhD, but I can't quit

I am capable of anything, but I can't do this

These contradictory beliefs put you under immense strain. They take up so much mental energy, but it's purely destructive because the energy has nowhere to go.

What contradictory beliefs do you hold? What beliefs can you let go of?

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