What is Self Doubt?
Self-Doubt is your lack of confidence in yourself and your abilities. Self doubt can keep you from doing the things you want to do and it can keep you from reaching the goals you’ve set for yourself. In fact, it can be quite paralyzing, keeping you from moving forward towards the life and business you have been dreaming of.
Let’s face it – no one wants to be stuck in a life that is not fulfilling.
So how can you get past your self doubt?
The key to banishing those doubtful feelings and the little voice in your head that tells you that it can’t be done is confidence. And the best way to build up your confidence is to take action. As long as you are taking actions that move your closer to your goal, you will be able to reach your goal.
I love to cross stitch, and I tend to pick out big projects that take a long time – I’m talking more than 1 year long projects. Often times when I’m working on a large project, I feel like it will never be done – so I take a break. I find a small project that can be finished quickly – a few hours up to about 1 week – and then I have a finished project. It builds my belief that I will actually finish the bigger project.
What can you do to build your confidence and move you closer to your goal?
Another way to build confidence is to look at what you have already accomplished. We often don’t give ourselves enough credit for all that we have done and just beat ourselves up for what remains to be accomplished.
This can help you overcome fear about taking the next step also. Seeing everything you’ve already done may give you just the boost of self-confidence you need to keep your self doubt at bay.
Are you working with a coach or mentor?
Finding an advisor or mentor can also be amazingly helpful. I became a coach because I was so helped by my first coach Rachel – we are still friends. Having someone there to hold your hand or just to cheer you on can help you make sure that you are moving towards your goals. If I can be of any help to you please comment below, or reach out to me privately by using the contact form here.
Give yourself a break
Break down your big goal into smaller tasks. It doesn’t take nearly as much confidence to tackle a small task as it does to attack that big goal. And each time you complete a small task you are building your confidence. Little by little you’ll make progress and eventually reach your goal.
If overwhelm is an issue for you, this is a great strategy.
The main thing is to acknowledge the feelings of self-doubt, but don’t let them take control over your life. Yes, it’s normal to doubt yourself. It happens to all of us. Just do what it takes to get you moving and working towards your goals despite your self doubt.
You’re capable of so much more than you think you are. You just need to prove it to yourself.
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