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

P.S. For hundreds more Tapping Meditations, try our Tapping Solution App!

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  1. Claudia Caselli says:

    Thanyou v much, for these simple, effective tapping meditations. Always feel more calm and centered afterwards.
    U asked people to suggest new,topics for meditations…I would appreciate one for overcoming shyness,social anxiety.low self confidence.

    • Nick Ortner says:

      You’re very welcome, Claudia. And thanks for the suggestions! We’ll add them to our list. 🙂

  2. Janet Nunan cunningham says:

    This couldn’t have come at a better time. I have spent the last two days feeling completely hopeless about ever being able to make my work available, convincing myself to give up. I have a lot of work to do with this tapping, but I have this to help let go of the hopelessness. Thanks so much!

  3. Nick Ortner says:

    You’re welcome, Amy. Thanks! 😀

  4. Stella says:

    Thank you Nick this came up at the right moment.

  5. Amy says:

    Great meditation Nick! I love listening to you and Jessica! Always so calming.

  6. Janet says:

    Excellent! I thought I was feeling positive and then I did this tapping meditation. I cried and released emotions. I tap every day using the app. I am always surprised at what comes up. I will repeat this one again. I hope it’s on the app? You have been adding quite a few. Keep going, Tapping is an amazing tool!!

    • Nick Ortner says:

      Thanks for the encouragement, Janet! I’m so glad to hear that you’re using and enjoying the app. 🙂

  7. Jane says:

    Hi Nick,
    Thank you. I am learning how to manage with an ageing husband who I suspect has dementia. I am learning how to release the feelings of fear and panic and loss and grief that are my current companions. This meditation feels heaven sent.
    Thank you.

  8. Elisabeth says:

    Thank you for this very insightful meditation. It is VERY helpful in calming those pervasive, recurring feelings of doubt. Being able to modify it to fit the issues creating the doubt is of great benefit. I will use it a lot. Thanks again!

  9. Lisa says:

    For me, I have run the – what I will call – the “courage” script three times. Your scripts are not right on because of your rags to riches to rags to riches story. They are right on because they are accurate and authentic. Thank you! And thank you for sharing your wealth by sharing these scripts for free. You are helping us, so much!! For this courage script (the “doubt” one), it works SO WELL, I thought, “Gosh, what if I did it once every hour of an eight hour day? I think the script runs six minutes. THANK YOU!

  10. Miriam Ruberl (New Zealand) says:

    So useful to clarify what the doubt was actually about … to stay as a trustee on a board or to leave. Only 1 day to the AGM, so feeling pressure of making the decision, when actually I could decide at any time in the future. So next tap is “this pressure to decide” .. thanks a lot

  11. Tracey says:

    Why is it that every time I do a tapping, no matter on what subject, I cry? I feel a huge sense of sadness and sorrow…or perhaps relief. I have done almost all of your “sample” tappings now…from doubt to hope, to financial anxiety, to procrastination to guilt, anxiety, etc. What is it with the tears? I need to get rid of these emotional blocks that are holding me back. Most of your tappings seem to originate from what people know to be true challenges. But what if you don’t know what it is that is blocking or stopping you? What if you can’t put your finger on what you doubt or what you are financially worried about, for example? Thank you for all you share!

  12. susan says:

    Hello Nick ,Thank you for this meditation , I was able to tap into some beliefs that may have been adding to my feelings of doubt and angst.
    Your site truly inspires me ,as well as helping me stay calm in the midst of a sometimes turbulent world.
    Peace Be with you…

  13. Terrance says:

    Thanks Nick. Yes I too have these thoughts at times. Doubt can be subtle. I REALLY enjoyed this tapping session.

  14. Teresa Taylor says:

    Thankyou SO much,Nick! I feel relief,and felt hope after this meditation,truly.I have joined one of your courses before,and keep deriving the benefits.These e-mails with “extras” bring up more”sludge” and I feel “cleaner”-“sludge” being the accumulation of past negativity-like mud,mmmm? Thankyou,Terri

  15. Carolyn says:

    Thank you for this hope, a tool to help with doubts, anxiety etc that isn’t real.

  16. Name (required) says:

    Thanks for this, Nick. It was very timely. Your work has helped me through some real life challenges in the past few years. Rest assured you are making a difference.

    I’d like to hear a tapping script for finding love.


  17. Theresa says:

    Feeling of release. Connect to rhythm through tapping, helps me to tune in to the clanging sounds of doubt, and how they do not fit in. I feel the feelings of doubt as a covering from head through my chest. Tapping, I visualize the iron cloth of doubt laid over me turn to butterflies and are released.

  18. Lyn Evans says:

    Thank you once again Nick Tapping has become a way of life for me. I do tapping every day and I believe it will be the answer to my health problem. At times doubt does creep in so thank you once again Lyn

  19. DonnaRae says:

    This has been one of the most empowering rounds yet .

    Thank you for sharing your wisdom Nick.

  20. Judy Tremayne says:

    Overwhelming sadness just came up and I cried and cried. Will keep doing this meditation. It is very powerful for surfacing emotion. However, cannot discern just what it is that I am sad about.

    I think just taking the time and having someone there with me to do this has unleashed all this emotion. I have always felt totally alone. I find your voice very soothing. I love how Tapping accesses deep emotional levels as well as clearing them.
    Thanks Nick

  21. Shannon Cruz says:

    I always find your material extremely helpful and heart felt…again Thank You!

  22. Vicki says:

    Thank you Nick. Perfect timing. Doubt has been crippling my effort in a new endeavor. I’d like to listen to this again as it did give me hope that I can succeed.

  23. Naomi says:

    Thank you!I really felt a release in my body!

  24. Anna says:

    Thank you so much Nick. I didn’t think I was feeling any doubt at all, but was not making as much progress toward my goal, to lose weight, as I wanted. So I thought, I’m tapping on other things…why not try doubt? I decided to act like I had doubt and when I tried to determined where it might be in my body I was amazed when a huge lump developed in my throat and then an ache in my chest! Then the tears started! Sheeze….guess I have lots of doubt after all! I just learned that even though I’m not acknowledging an emotion that doesn’t mean it’s not there!

  25. Marisa says:

    Thank you so much for all the tapping meditation’s, yet again perfect timing on this one 🙂 they are a blessing. Thank you for all you do.

  26. Vickie says:

    Nick, your tapping and YOU are a daily part of my life and the words Thank You fail in conveying the truth and method you have brought to countless people 🙂

    God Truly Bless You

  27. Jen says:

    Thank you. ❤️

  28. Odette says:

    Excellent meditation.Had no idea I felt so much doubt.
    Feeling lighter and certainly more hopeful. Thanks Nick☺️

  29. Adrienne says:

    Thank you Nick for your generous sharing of your own journey. You are an inspiration

  30. L Anne says:

    I applied for a job–a dream job–and was contacted by the admin for the internal recruiter. We had two phone interviews, and she passed me up the chain to the man who is my boss (positivity…i knew it was a great interview and he told me he’d talk to me about what we didn’t finish “next time”. —thoughts become things and I have spent several weeks telling myself, believing that it IS my job. I see myself on the train, getting out and walking to the office being there, meeting my colleagues, having a great work day, going home, and so on). And now it has been two-and-a-half weeks with no contact from the company, nothing. No email letting me know where things are at. No inkling of what’s happening and now whether the will move me on to the next-to-last step–in-person time with my staff, meeting and interviewing with the CEO/Founder and other key people.

    It is this lack of contact that has put me in a negative place, where despite my best efforts, I revert to thinking (which leads to believing) that they won’t offer me the position because I’m a poor fit (I KNOW that I’m a great fit, but not feeling it these last two weeks), am too old (the entire company is populated by millennials, including the founder/CEO) and on and on.

    The “When doubt kicks in” meditation is already helping. Thank you for putting it where I simply couldn’t ignore it power.

  31. Elda Luisi says:

    Thank you so much for sharing this with us. I wept and believe made progress releasing my old stories and beliefs about myself.

  32. Rino says:

    Hi Nick,
    I am relatively new to tapping, however this post enters my life in perfect timing… I have certain doubts that are bothering me this last few days regarding a very, very important issue to me, so I think there is a reason for this perfect timing – since this seems to be the easiest and fastest way to resolve this issue (and I need fast results) I will definetelly apply tapping. Hope it works!

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  34. Colleen Magnum says:

    I am a channeller working on bringing the messages of the Group of Magnum to those who are asking. Many people have recently been giving me conflicting advice and telling me how what we are doing differs from their expectations. It has made me seriously doubt everything I was doing and lose the joy in what I used to love to do. Yesterday I got an email from you, Nick, (“Shh…don’t tell anyone…) that gave me the perspective I needed to separate the opinions of others from the direction the Universe has given me. Today you sent me an email (“When doubt creeps in”) with a link to this tapping meditation. I’ve done this meditation before, several times, and I always feel much better after doing it, clearer, calmer, more focused.
    You have provided me with exactly the answers I needed, two days in a row. And I thank you very much for it! I have been familiar with tapping for many years and have experienced the benefits first hand many, many times. When my brain gets all wrapped up in what I am trying to accomplish or problem solve, I sometimes forget that the best answer is the simplest answer – retreat to the quiet and tap to get back into alignment.
    Thank you, thank you, thank you for this meditation and bringing me the advice I needed from the Universe.

  35. Sibylle says:

    Wow, what an amazing tapping sequence, and what a tremendous gift you have, Nick. I was focusing on doubts around my ability to create financial independence as a single mother, and I was crying the whole time – the kind of crying that is pure relief and feeling the burden shift. Thank you!! I am going to use this meditation again, I am sure.

  36. Maryna says:

    This meditation came at exactly the right time. I manifest so much LACK, that even my health is suffering!!! I was stuck … and then I saw this meditation …

    THANK YOU, Nick …..

    Would you please make it available as a download, as this will become my backbone meditation for turning my hopelessness around in the next couple of days …?

  37. Jamie says:

    Thanks Nick, I really needed that. After doing the meditation I feel better about self and ready to feel the possibilities. Jamie

  38. Dorothy says:

    Doubt has been a big issue in my life.This taping was absolutely powerful.
    I feel that seed of hope and feel it is possible to experience joy, peace and
    be free of doubt,Thank you thank you thank you Dorothy

  39. Stephanie says:

    I am looking for a new sales rep position in a smaller market… Know they are out there, have had a few interviews w/ companies that were close but not right – BUT I know from those interviews the pay that I can focus on, as well as other good things. I don’t have to settle for less….
    I tapped on doubt here & then made up a SUN on letter size paper – with 8 rays radiating out – on each ray I put in something I want /looking for in the position(in middle I wrote position & date I want to have it by, inc. yr.) … I learnt this from Bob Proctor, he was talking about if you want yo meet the right mate but this is perfect as well… 8 or 10 is a perfect # for me to focus on. I made 2 – 1 for car & 1 for room I where I do my rapping, affirmations etc..
    Now I’ll tap on doubt & read out my new sales position requirements … In the positive & present ( I AM…). 😉

  40. JackieTaormino says:

    Hey Nick,
    This was a great meditation. I will continue to use it the future. I will certainly share it as well.
    Nick it would be great if you or Jessica did some tapping meditations on relationship trust or just opening up to new relationship. I know you have some brief stuff about it. But I would love to see you guys get more in depth about it. Even maybe touching on divorcee being one myself. I think it would help alot of people.

  41. Folami says:

    I’ve just read through this meditation. I first ignored the link earlier today as I was busy trying to book a flight to visit Berlin for a festival. It took me hours to decide on the flight and make the booking. When i finally pressed to pay, huge doubts and panic set in! I felt instant regret, fear and sadness. I was so conflicted! I really, REALLY want to be at this festival. I’d always wanted to go to something like this and now 49, I had a chance to go. I’m making the trip alone (I’ve always travelled with friends or my children prior to this), but will meet a couple of friends there. I couldn’t understand why I was having such a strong emotional reaction like this. I then saw the link to this page again on my Facebook and, still feeling the doubt and panic about the booking, I decided to Tap. When I started i was still unaware as to why i was in such a panic. It took me doing 3 rounds of the first part, really asking myself why I was filled with so much doubt?! My legs were cold and shaking, my whole body tight. I felt like i wanted to run away. Like I needed to escape something/someone. After the second round, a memory surfaced and I burst into a fit of powerful tears. I remembered when, age 19, I planned to leave home. I had experienced childhood abuse from a very controlling mother and emotionally toxic family environment. I had a part-time job and was attending college. I had even found a place to stay. My mother even visited the place and approved. The day I was meant to move out, my father told me if I left that it would ruin my mother and she would end up having another nervous breakdown (she had been hospitalised before for mental breakdowns). He basically used emotional blackmail to get me to stay, telling me how i wouldn’t be able to cope if i left home etc. I stayed. I gave up on my plans and dreams of freedom. Back to today’s tapping, as I cried and cried, i continued to tap. My legs then calmed, warmth returned to my body as i then began the positive part of the tapping. Breakthrough! I now feel i have the power to claim my freedom and go on all the adventures i denied myself by not leaving home all those years ago when i wanted to. I’m feeling much more confident about my trip to Berlin 🙂 Nick and the Tapping team, I cannot thank you enough 🙂

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