1 : the act of deluding oneself or the state of being deluded by oneself especially concerning one’s true nature, abilities, feelings, etc. – Merriam-Webster
Often, we put extra caution to avoid ourselves from being self-delusional. It’s normal. After all, who would like to be described as that. But have we, all these while, been placing too much unnecessary concern on this?
Who’s doing the judging? Are they people who’s opinion should be treated with high regards? Or are they the kind who have no results, but plenty of opinions, just like most people around.
I’m sure the Wright Brothers have been called self-delusional a lot when they first share with others their dream of building a flying machine.
Or that time when John F. Kennedy announced that we will be sending people to the moon.
Can you imagine what would happen if they had been convinced that they were indeed self-delusional and had called off their plan?
Try viewing being “self-delusional” from a different angle. Perhaps being “self-delusional” means that you had not constrained your imagination. Which means that you are close to something that nobody had ever thought of implementing before.
Which means that, maybe someday, you could be placed in the same regards as “self-delusional” people just like the Wright Brothers and JFK.
That wouldn’t sound that bad, would it?