5 Tactics That Will Help You Banish Self-Doubt
Everybody struggles with self-doubt sometimes, even successful individuals. Self-doubt can be a disturbing and persuasive voice that holds you back from achieving your goals. It holds you back from taking advantage of opportunities. It makes it hard for you to make that initial step towards achieving your goals.
A little self-doubt is normal and healthy. It prevents you from crossing the fine line between self-confidence and excessive pride. However, allowing self-doubt to prevent you from taking advantage of opportunities that come your way is an act of self-sabotage.
Suppose you have your heart set on a new job or an exciting adventure. Maybe you’ve been sitting on a life-changing idea for ages or working on a passion project as a side hustle that you’re ready to turn into full-time self-employment. Whatever your goal, don’t let self-doubt hold you back. Here are some of the tactics that will help you banish self-doubt.
Learn from your mistakes
To be honest, you can’t win them all. We all have made mistakes. It is common human nature to make mistakes and experience failure. No one is perfect, and these mistakes are the true nature of our learning process in life.
Failures help us grow by learning from them. They are the first-hand experience we have on gaining a broader perspective towards uncertain circumstances and how to deal with them. Nobody likes to face failure. As humans, we want to avoid failure as much as possible. This is because we let failure have tremendous power over the emotions we encounter. We keep holding onto failure, and it is the thing that makes us afraid of moving forward. Make a vital decision today to let go of what didn’t work in the past. Talk to someone, create a small ceremony to release failures. Do whatever it takes to let go of what did not work.
Raise your self-awareness
Self-awareness is one of the most important personal development tools in your arsenal. Utilize it by understanding the underlying causes of your self-doubt. What specific circumstances trigger bouts of self-doubt? If it’s a lack of skill in an area, enroll in a course or go online and learn the skill.
Release your limiting beliefs
Our worst critic usually lives between our ears; if we’re not careful, it can prevent us from experiencing real success or joy. Every day it mumbles things that affect our choices and behavior. Things like, ‘I’m not good at marketing,’ ‘I cannot do this,’ ‘I’m not good with money.’ These quiet murmurings slow our progress and hinder our growth. Limiting beliefs can have a mind-boggling effect on your emotional well-being, business, professional career, and your day-to-day life. Removing a limiting belief will need a lot of commitment, but it’s so, so worth it.
Stop asking for validation
Seeking others’ guidance and advice is helpful. However, if you like to continuously ask others what they think prior to making decisions on important matters, you might be weakening your confidence in yourself.
Experience and express gratitude for the far you’ve come, even if things did not go as planned. Most of the people you admire stood where you are standing right now. Rather than beating yourself up for not knowing everything about everything, congratulate yourself for having the courage to start something. It actually takes a lot of guts to follow through on your goals! Be proud of yourself for doing what many people want to do, but they have not done.
“Never give up. Great things take time. Be patient”- Anonymous.