Self-doubt is a feeling we all experience from time to time, especially when we’re attempting something new. It’s normal to feel a sense of self-doubt when stepping outside of your comfort zone. However, if left unchecked, it can quickly become paralysing and keep you from achieving your dreams. If you struggle with self-doubt, you can do a few things to regain self-confidence and move forward.
Here are five ways to keep self-doubt from taking over:
1. Take a trip down memory lane.
If you doubt your ability to achieve a dream, try taking a trip down memory lane. Chances are you’ve had self-doubts before. But have any of those adverse outcomes ever come true? If so, were the consequences as dire as you’d thought they would be? Now think about the things that went right; remind yourself they likely will work out again this time too.
Furthermore, recall a time when you achieved something that you once thought was impossible. Remember how good it felt to prove your doubters wrong. This will help to give you the confidence and motivation you need to keep going, even when self-doubt threatens to take over. So, don’t let self-doubt hold you back – keep dreaming and pursuing your goals!
2. Keep a journal.
One way to combat self-doubt is to keep a journal. Journaling is often one of the most therapeutic and insightful activities. It is a great way to record your thoughts, process what’s happening in life and get helpful advice from yourself. It is also an excellent tool for self-reflection as it allows you to step back to see what has been happening in your life. You might find that writing down all problems as they arise helps solve them more quickly or even reminds you about past experiences, which could help with current ones.
So, journal your way through your problems and how they were solved. Then go back for a reminder of what has already been done, or use this book as inspiration!
3. Remember, it’s not about you.
Self-doubt is sometimes triggered by a hurtful or thoughtless remark from someone else or by how someone treats you. But before you get all fired up, remind yourself that this is very like more about the other person than you. You don’t know what kind of day they’re having or what they’re going through. Take what they say with a grain of salt and move on. There’s absolutely no reason to start doubting yourself just because of what someone else happened to say.
Instead, focus on finding ways their words or actions serve as motivation rather than fuel further negativity toward oneself. Their words or actions should only make you determined to pursue your goals and prove them wrong. So don’t let self-doubt win – rise above it and keep moving forward!
4. Readjust your expectations.
Self-doubt is a familiar feeling that can arise when you feel like you’re not making progress on your goals. If you doubt your ability to reach your goals, it is essential to take a step back and reassess the situation. There’s nothing wrong with adjusting your plan – sometimes, dreams don’t happen from the initial blueprint. If information or circumstances have changed, it may be necessary to tweak your plans to get back on track. Rather than getting hung up on self-doubt, look for ways to readjust your plan and get back on the right track.
5. Celebrate Small Wins!
Many people don’t realise that self-doubt hates success just as much as failure. This is why it is essential to get into the habit of celebrating when things go right. It doesn’t matter if the progress is little; make a point to enjoy the milestone. After all, you and your dreams deserve it!
We are celebrating our successes, no matter how big or small is a great way to keep self-doubt at bay. It reminds us that we are capable of great things and on the right track. So next time you reach a milestone, take a moment to celebrate! You deserve it!
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So, how do you keep self-doubt from taking over and preventing you from achieving your dream? The answer is simple but not easy. You need to take small steps every day to move closer to your goals while being mindful of the doubts that try to creep in. And, most importantly, you should surround yourself with people who believe in you and in your dreams.