Self-doubt can creep into your psyche without you even suspecting it’s there until the first niggling thought makes itself clear. You have to be aware of your thoughts and how you’re reacting at all times. Weed them out before they grow, take over your creativity and destroy your goals.
Doubts can run wild in your mind, making you question your abilities about anything new or different. If you’re prepared, you can recognize the doubts for the lies they are. Then you can let your knowledge and common sense get you through.
When you check in with what is real you’ll realize that the negative thoughts are occurring for various reasons. For example, you could be lost in comparing yourself with others in marketing your business.
Comparing may make you feel inadequate and cause you to doubt your ability to succeed. Often this leads to paralysis. Make a firm decision and stick to it. Refuse to entertain doubt thoughts. When self-doubt about what you’re trying to accomplish creeps into your thoughts, carry through with your goal or trash it and go on with something you’re more certain of. Refuse to allow doubt to paralyze you.
If you do decide to go on to something else, don’t allow yourself to categorize this as a failure. It was a learning experience that taught you a lesson and you aren’t wasting any more time on it. If you decide to go through with the plan, take action immediately.
Making a fast decision may seem impulsive, but most likely the decision is based on intuition and the knowledge that you’ve prepared enough for the journey ahead. You can always fine tune your plan as you progress.
At least you’re taking action toward your goals. Replace self-doubt with positive thoughts. Choose any method that works for you. Meditation, journaling, affirmations, listening to music or reading a good book or simply chatting with positive-minded friends may give you the boost you need to move on.
All of us find ourselves dealing with self-doubt at various points in our lives. If you let it get the best of you by feeding it with your attention and actually believing the lies you’re telling yourself, it can destroy even the best intentions for success.
Learn to recognize and weed out the crippling, negative thoughts and get on with achieving the goals you’ve set for yourself. Begin the learning process by becoming aware of your thoughts – check in with them a few times a day. You’ll soon be able to discern the “keeper” thoughts from the “discard” pile.
Two in particular to watch out for are “I’m not good enough” and “I don’t know.” Successful people do not worry about being good enough. They trust themselves, their gifts and talents, and they know that they can learn anything they need to know along the way.