When Doubt Creeps In Do This…

Written by: Nick Ortner


It’s an interesting feeling/emotion/way of thinking because it’s so relevant to virtually every aspect of our lives.

I want to change, but… doubt kicks in.

I believe I can do this, but… doubt kicks in.

I see a brighter future for myself, but… doubt kicks in.

Stop and think for a second… In what ways has doubt limited you?

In what ways do you doubt yourself and your abilities?

The Role of Doubt

It doesn’t matter if you’re trying to improve your finances, follow your dreams, lose a few pounds, find that amazing relationship or improve your existing one…

When you allow doubt to play a role, it can be THE thing to stop you in your tracks.

The fact that it can be so subtle, almost makes it harder to deal with, because it just ever so slightly takes us off track from what we want in our lives, and sometimes we don’t even notice the damage it has done.

When I first had the inspiration to make the documentary film “The Tapping Solution”, it began, as most ideas do, with INSPIRATION.

Ahh…the rush of creating something in the world, the joy of expansion, of dreaming, of possibility.

And I rode that energy forward enough to make some bold decisions, buying $40,000 worth of camera equipment (while having literally no clue what most of it actually did!), putting together an amazing team of dedicated people, and setting off on this adventure.

But…at some point (and often many points), in every endeavor…


Can I really do this? Who am I to make this happen? Am I just going to repeat all my old patterns again?

The Critical Moment

These moments, RIGHT THERE… that PAUSE in inspiration where DOUBT kicks in… are the moments that separate success from failure.

Can you see it?

Can you see the moments in your own life where doubt kicked in, and you stopped, gave up, or subtly sabotaged yourself?

Maybe you’re experiencing doubt right now about a decision to make or a path to choose.

Can you feel and hear those nagging voices that doubt all that you are capable of being in the world, of contributing to the world, of experiencing in the world?

These moments, these subtle (and sometimes not so subtle) voices of doubt are the difference between feeling unfulfilled, letting your dreams fade away, and living a life of fulfillment, passion, contribution, and joy!

So What Can You Do?

Once we recognize how important it is to move past this doubt, once we understand how, if we master these moments and these feelings, everything can change for the better… How do we actually CHANGE IT?

Well, time and again, in the making of “The Tapping Solution” film, I had the great fortune of being able to USE Tapping to overcome my doubt!

Tapping works to literally retrain the brain, nervous system, and previous conditioning to act and react differently.

And seeing as the film was actually made, has sold over 100,000 copies, I’ve written a NY Times bestselling book that has been translated in over 30 languages and the message of Tapping is spreading around the world, I think it actually worked! 🙂

Now it’s YOUR turn. I have two options that might help you today: a shorter written Tapping Script below and a longer Tapping Meditation.

Tapping Script
Take a minute or two and think about something in your life where you feel doubt.

Be SPECIFIC. And if there are a lot of things, only focus on ONE right now.

Tune in to that doubt now, just for a minute, and give it a number for 0-10, 10 being the most doubt you can feel. Also, where in your body do you feel this doubt? Some people say it’s a feeling in their stomach or a tightness in their throat. Get really clear and feel the feeling… and let’s do some Tapping.

(If you’re unfamiliar with the Tapping sequence, you can learn it by watching this short video here)

This language is general because I don’t know your specific focus, so can use this as a template and replace your words where appropriate, or just follow it exactly.

Most importantly, tap and focus on the feeling!

Karate Chop: Even though I feel this doubt in my body, I deeply and completely accept myself.

Karate Chop: Even though I feel so much doubt, here I go again… I deeply and completely accept myself.

Karate Chop: Even though I doubt I can do this, I’ve got so many experiences that tell me otherwise… I deeply and completely accept myself.

Eyebrow: All this doubt
Side of Eye: Here it is again
Under Eye: I’m doubting myself again
Under Nose: And whether I can do this
Under Mouth: I’m not sure I can do this
Collarbone: Never done it before
Under Arm: And I’m not sure if I can
Top of Head: All this doubt in my body

Back to the eyebrow point… keep focusing on the feeling and also pay attention to what else comes up for you, specifically.

What previous events, emotions, or limiting beliefs are surfacing?

You can tap on each of those individually to get to the root cause of your doubt.

Eyebrow: This doubt in my body
Side of the Eye: It’s such a familiar feeling
Under Eye: And it stops me cold
Under Nose: I wonder what it’s really about
Under Mouth: I wonder what’s behind it
Collarbone: I wonder what this doubt means
Under Arm: And what I can do to change it
Top of the Head: This doubt in my body

Now we’re going to switch to doing a positive round of tapping.

Quick note regarding positive Tapping: One of the most common questions I get is, “How do I know when to switch to the positive tapping?”

And the most simple answer is, “Switch when you can say the positive statements, and they feel somewhat “true”.

If you’re saying positive statements and there’s a little part of your mind that is yelling “BS! You don’t believe this!” then it means you should continue with the negative or “truth” tapping until that shifts.

So back to the eyebrow point…

Eyebrow: It’s safe to release this doubt from my body
Side of the Eye: It’s time to let it go
Under the Eye: I choose to let this doubt go
Under Nose: Letting it all go now
Under Mouth: Letting all this doubt go
Collarbone: Releasing all this doubt from my body
Under the Arm: Flooding my body with positive expectation
Top of the Head: And releasing all these feelings of doubt

Take a deep breath… and let it go.

Now tune back in… Where is your feeling of doubt on the 0-10 scale?

How does your body feel?

What’s shifted for you?

What else came up during the tapping?

Did a specific memory, thought, or belief fight its way in?

Use the tapping on those specific issues and keep clearing!

Here’s a free short Tapping Meditation: “From Doubt to a Seed of Hope”. If you find it helpful, please comment and let me know below!


Master these moments of doubt, and the world is at your fingertips! (Tapping pun somewhat intended!)

Until next time…

Keep Tapping!

Nick Ortner

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  1. Dianne says:

    Hi Nick, I’m constantly working on finding my perfect place in life & just did some work that identified an amazing opportunity to create my perfect online business. Then doubt crept in, I could feel it in the pit of my stomach & got really annoyed that something else was about to get ‘stolen’ from me. Then I saw this article on tapping on doubt. It was perfect timing. I feel so much better after one round of tapping. I’m going to bookmark this page so I can refer to it when I need to throughout the journey. Thank you Nick & team. I am truly grateful.

  2. Kim says:

    Hi Nick, I met you way back when you first came out with your DVD. I was living in Danbury & ran over to buy it from you in Bethel to show in a workshop we were doing. You have done a wonderful job bringing this tool to the world, thank you. I often tell people your name & about the tapping summit. Anyhow, as you know tapping is a tool that we as the practitioners will always benefit from as well, I have been asked to participate in a much larger event for my Astrology work than I am used to & oh boy did I need this now! I have some articles bookmarked & this one was perfect! Thanks again on doing such an amazing job & stepping up to share & teach EFT to so many!
    Namaste, Kim

  3. PATTY says:

    I need a tap script to let go of depression thank you Patty and one for fear

  4. Claire says:

    Befor tapping I had a kind of stress Into my flesh itself like a vibration of doubt & fear about a very Challenging money situation. After one round of tapping I began to breath almost normally. It was about 7 and I could breath and think! All my past situations about money poped up. I tapped one more round and I went to have a tea… And I start again positive tapping. What was not possible in my mind began to seem doable. My mind was calmer, so my body. What a relief and a blessing to escape from the jail of negative feelings. Thank you for being generous and for your post on FB. Claire

  5. Galaxy Anju West says:

    I discovered an underlying fear of failure. Had to do a few more rounds of negative tapping to get my SUDS down. Feeling lighter and more in alignment with achieving my goal 🙂 Thanks Nick

  6. Karen says:

    Beyond thrilled to have found you. I just did this tapping script and whoa… a small floodgate of uncontrollable tears began… I have always had an issue with doubt. Not only in myself but in relationships, which is what I am going through at the present time. I will continue this and more… I need to! Thank you kindly,

  7. Lynn says:

    I tried this today for the first time. I was feeling overwhelmed by doubts of many kinds. I tapped for probably an hour and felt somewhat better, but noticed as the day went on I felt better and better. Am going to continue tapping this script for as long as it takes. Thank you so much for sharing.

  8. Lou says:

    I’ve lived my WHOLE life allowing doubt and fear to stop me from being the person I could have been. I’m praying that these sessions might clear the way for success and abundance in my life now and in the future. Your email was very timely as my life was becoming unbearable and I could see no light for my future.

    Thank you so much for offering these posts and ongoing support Nick. You’ve inspired me to have a look around yet another corner and not give up just yet.

    Warm Regards,


  9. Hymie says:

    Enjoyed the cartoon. Made me laugh out loud. Am doing the Tapping both for myself and for the patients who come to see me. The results are really and truly amazing. A woman who came to see me, came under a deep cloud. We did the Tapping for less than twenty minutes and she left laughing. I felt truly humbled in light of this gift which you have shared with me.
    All I need say now is THANK YOU, THANK YOU, THANK YOU.

  10. Maureen says:

    I got a little release but I’ll go back to it later as I found this email while I was in the middle of something so really couldn’t give it all my attention and so i only got what I gave.

    I’m in the process of starting an EFT Practice of my own and I’m about halfway there but the doubts are really starting to get a toe hold so I’ll give this a good workout and then it should be onward and upward with no hassles.

    I’ve cleared so much in my last 5 years that sometimes I don’t know what to tap on as when i think of things there’s nothing that gives me any indication something is not quite right but now I know to look doubt fairly and squarely in the eye if nothing else comes zooming to my attention.

    Thank you for all your FREE Tapping I really appreciate it.

  11. E.M. says:

    Thank you, Nick. Yes. I do believe this has helped me. But if given a choice, I believe I really get more out of these if I can follow along with someone as I have often done when Jessica speaks them for us. Tell her she has a soothing and very pleasing voice which helps those of us listening and following her, even with our own issue, or she does a general one, to have a better outcome. But I do apperciate all you have offered. Thank you so very much.

  12. Hira says:

    Thank you. This was a positive shift that I needed today.

  13. Judy Reynolds says:

    Hi Nick,
    I found this doubt one really helpful. I have done it a few times now. I had doubt creeping in as I’m starting me meditation business and what I found while tapping is that it is all linked to perfectionism. And that my perfectionism was linked to the feeling that if I wasn’t perfect then people would leave me. So I kept procrastinating. Quite the block. This has really helped me to unblock these feelings and non-serving beliefs. My thanks and appreciation.

  14. Joyce says:

    I believe in EFT tapping and I’ve used it. For issues that are central to a person’s life it oft times feel a little too simplistic. But is it really? Tapping to acknowledge the issue, tapping again to really get to the heart of it, and then tapping a third time to release the obstacle, the stuck feeling, the imprisonment to move forward and be motivated in an authenic way.

    Whenever I do this I really have to acknowledge your sincerity in putting the tapping method into use and the honest effort to help people with their own particular issues and we all think our issues are the most important. Of course, to us they are.

    I feel you see the big picture and continue to help people. Always, always the way forward is back. Back to the basics of tapping with each and every thing.

    Bless you.

  15. Dave Saunders says:

    HI Nick, Last week I did a concerted tapping on doubt (as I wasnt sure where to start). I felt like all hell while doing it, my breathing went totally erratic and I almost felt lie I was going to have a heart attack with a pain in my upper right side chest, only to realise at the end, that this was not my problem, but fear, it seemed to me that these two are closely linked. I am now working on this and it feels so much better. PS checked my heart on a monitor 10 mins later and all was OK but a slight pain lingered on for a day or so

  16. retha says:

    Hi Nick!!
    I love your tapping emails and REALLY benefited from the one on Doubt. There is something I have been pursuing for 1 1/2 yrs. and this one tapping session left me clear headed, confident and totally charged to proceed. Who would have thought “tapping” could release this doubt. Thank you, thank you!! Looking forward to the next session!!
    Sending my love and the angels,

  17. Stuti says:

    Hi Nick!
    This blog was Godsent… it was lying in my inbox for many days & just when I needed to clear my doubts about my next move in life, voila!! your blog mysteriously shows up..
    I just finished tapping a while back and feel clear about what I should be doing next.. I feel at peace, at ease …
    Thankyou so much!! & Also, many many congrats to you & Brenna on your new life together..

  18. Nusi says:

    having working experience which get better n better condition, its not easy at all to convince myself to change or start seriously to a new direction,
    my doubt is at scale 10.
    i did the exercise seriously, now at scale 3.
    my feeling is i have nothing to lose. i have so much capability to do whatever i passion to do
    but becoming a food photographer is a must.
    thanks Nick!

  19. Ana says:

    Hi Nick,
    Thank You for this. I have doubt it can works, I tried just to experiment my feelings about it…and wow, I see even tough I accept my doubt and worry, thinking I am cure of, it surprised me by been confused and the pain still in there.

  20. Marlyn August says:

    Thank you for including the script. It really helps to have the words with the concept. You have a way of saying just the right thing and helping me clear!

  21. Sophia Firewalker says:

    when doubt, or fear, or grief and sorrow or any other distressing feeling comes in, I do my best to honor it and ask what positive intention it has for being there. if i listen carefully and I am sincere, and open to the posssibility that the feeling, thoughts or beliefs can have a benefit for me if i am willing to dialogue with that feeling and not try to override it or get rid of it.

    Tapping can really help in doing this.

    So even though I am feeling uncomfortable with ….this feeling
    WHAT IF I am open to the possibility that this feeling really wants to HELP ME.
    WHAT IF i just allow myself to listen for a while, and respectfully acknowledge its presence?
    I just might learn something that will benefit me!

    while tapping on all the various points.

  22. Annalisa says:

    Thank you so much for letting me in on your amazing tapping session. I felt right away that I was hitting home base and emotions welled up, choked up, tears and sobs. Had to quit the first go around because of a sudden headache. But went back and finished the first section finally. Obviously have to take this tapping exercise step by step as I find it emotionally exhaustinhg. I’ve obviously hit upon something deep and vulnerable, which can only mean
    – I’ve got the beast by the tail. Again thank you for sharing!

  23. Anna Welsch says:

    the Holidays are coming, along with alot of worries and doubts, Its like a residue of past hurts and disappointments, the last script on doubt just really Washed it Cleared it made way for new ideas WOW that really helped! Your the greatest Blessings Anna

  24. karenlee says:

    Thank You Thank You Thank You…Doubt is a daily process to practice feeling better about…So many subjects…so little time…lol…I feel a wee bit better…

  25. Suchitra says:

    It was great!
    Thank you very much Nick. At this point where I did not even realise that I was doubting and creating obstacles. You helped discover it and discharge it. I am sure this will help me move forward.
    Glory to God!

  26. David says:

    Thank you so much for this Nick. I like the fact that it so specific in one way, that it can be applied immediately, but adapted as needed. I have been able to use it for fear of failure and self doubt in relation to decisions made. It has helped me to get unstuck from those unresourceful emotions and to re-focus on moving on in possibility…

  27. janet mclean says:

    I’m a senior and want train to be a fasilitor for the B C alzhimer socity anhave been taking cousres to get as much knowlage and have made my application. but have not been notified if II have been accepted yet When I tapped my lack of confidence came on pretty strong again I will continue trying !!!!!!!!!

  28. Kristen says:

    Doubts.. I had 4. I combined all in my tapping. They weren’t in my throat or my stomach.
    They were in my heart.
    Huge EXHALE… tuned in… Body lighter

    Ohh the doubts… ALL OVER THE WORLD! Tapping on that conscience to shift the state of ALL doubt in the NOW & FUTURE of all countries. That would be a POWERFUL & needed tapping.
    Much appreciation for your continued help!

  29. firooze says:

    thank you nick! it was great. and this part “Quick note regarding positive Tapping” , it was always my question.

  30. Sharon says:

    Dear Nick,
    I really needed to tap on exactly this theme of self doubt today. You have impeccable timing! Thank you so much! I’ve just moved cities for the second time in 7 months and have started a new job that is taking me way out of my comfort zone. Today I experienced some of those old feelings of self doubt when someone who us training me gave me some subtle and some not so subtle put-downs. I was able to observe myself and the situation, and even though I started to doubt my ability to do the job, I decided not to buy into the feeling until I could assess it further at home. Good thing I waited because I read your email at home and decided to tap on the self doubt. I feel better and vow to keep tapping until I extinguish it for good. Thank You!!!

  31. Gail says:

    What perfect timing! This was my week’s theme!

  32. Rita says:

    Hi Nick,
    I want to thank you for sending this tapping solution regarding doubt. It’s so weird that I received this from you today. I haven’t gotten an email from you in a while and today while I’m sitting at working doubting all of the future plans I have this email arrives. Wow, talk about timing. The timing of this email could not have been more exact had I called you and asked you to send me the information on tapping regarding doubt. It’s amazing how every time I need answer I receive it, thank you so much and God Bless.

  33. Gail says:

    Hi Nick–Thanks for the wonderful work you do and for sharing–always great!

  34. tony says:

    Nick, Thank You! Good timing. This email came at the exact moment that I needed it. I feel relief and fortification for the tasks ahead as I move forward in developing my consulting business. I will use this platform again,,, if needed. Keep up the great work.
    Ps: I have been using tapping to lower my blood pressure for the last two years. It is amazing how that works so quickly.

  35. Allycat says:

    Thanks Nick, just what I needed. It worked a treat and I am feeling stronger and very positive and excited !

  36. Jessita H. Zabala says:

    Dear Nick,

    I thank you for this empowerment to start my day. The critical voice in me keeps whispering “DOUBT” but tapping set my path right, the awareness gave encouragement and inspiration to accomplish my dreams. I appreciate your selfless sharing of the gift of The Tapping Solution. May our good Lord continually bless your endeavors, bless your team and your loved ones.

  37. Lena says:

    Hi Nick ~ I did this sequence of tapping as I prepare to do some of the Super Hero You Summit that you promoted. Thank You! Many changes came after just hearing the intro to the summit by Jim Kwik. As we head into the solar eclipse today, I have focused on getting through to my TRUE ROOTS. I’ve felt as though they’ve become so “pot bound” that I could not grow so I am pruning away some of the old and your wonderful tapping session on doubt is helping me. I’m always astonished and grateful with how the universe responds when I desire something. Thanks again for your inspiring personal stories, and Jessica’s as well. I am slowly going back over all the lessons/bonuses/meditations from the Financial Success Webinar and getting such good results.

  38. Pat says:

    Thank you! Always feel better after tapping.

  39. Shirly says:

    This version on “doubt” is so good! Often, we try something, but that slight bit of doubt leads to not really trusting in our bodies, or our Universe, or our amazing part in Creation. We remain “stuck”. I did about 4 different issues, related to health, becoming more and more comprehensive in scope. I don’t know if you speak much about tears, but I find that when tears come, I know I have hit right on the key, so to speak. The tapping seems to put me into an uninhibited space that allows emotions to rise. And, when yawns come, I know there is a good shift or release. I thank you very much for this version that not only takes us through the places where we got stuck, but births us into a great release and positive energy flow. There are a lot of wonderful changes happening on this planet. Thank you for giving us this huge gift that contributes to the healing we all need.

  40. Giselle says:

    Thank you so much Nick, very helpful. It gave me a good start. Blessings,


  41. Kim Patron says:

    This is exactly what I needed today too. Thank you Nick!!! 🙂

  42. Jakub says:

    As always.. in the right time, Nick. 🙂

  43. Eli Mama says:

    Wonderful to be on your mail list. More please!. Keep it up Nick. Remain blessed. Eli.

  44. Beth says:

    tI found he doubt tapping script very helpful. It opened me to see how the doubt I experience shifts into fear. So the challenge now is to explore the fear. Namaste

  45. Harry says:

    Sorry Nick I misspelled your name but it came from my heart.

  46. Harry says:

    Nike, thanks many times again. I had abadoned my self for a while but today a got back to actualized my self even doug i’m 82yrs young I still got plenty of hope.

  47. Alexandra says:

    This really uncovered a lot for me and I was able to tap on fears and then move onto Trust and Faith in Self , really felt energy pathways open up inside my body -with thanks to you – felt debris falling away – always good to feel so much freer!

  48. Peggy says:

    Thank you, Nick. I have not worked in 3 years due to disability. A job opportunity that I think I can handle has just come up. I’ve tapped on fear of failure but your Doubt Script has better addressed my uncomfortable feelings. Thank you for your help.

  49. Tanya Savko says:

    Thank you so much – this is exactly what I needed!

  50. Alenka says:

    Thank you! Just what I needed today:) Love your work and all you do.
    Thank you, thank you, thank you!

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