5 Ways to Accelerate Success by Managing Self-Doubt
Self-doubt is common because it is a human response to difficult situations. However, if a person fails to overcome this, it could greatly affect their performance. It could also lead to promising opportunities left unexplored due to self-induced limitations.
No matter how much you strive to be at your strongest, most stabled stance, there are times when you tend to feel unsure of your own voice, thoughts, decisions, and ideas. These sudden low moments devour your confidence and take away your positive outlook in life.
Don’t let self-doubt rule over your life. Instead, build on your confidence as it is vital in accelerating success.
Find ways to intensify confidence levels and suppress destructive emotions. Here are 5 tips on how you can effectively defeat doubts and hesitations to attract more opportunities for success.
Harness a growth mindset
According to Harvard Business Review, people who foster a growth mindset are more empowered at work. Furthermore, a growth mindset lets you accomplish tasks that are ahead of you, simply by thinking that you can do it, as compared to always underestimating your capabilities.
Acknowledge the fact that you are no ‘superman’, but you can be ‘super’ at what you do by relentlessly filling areas that are lacking (which can only be done through constant learning).
Eliminate external pressure
Since you are already struggling within yourself, don’t fan the flames even more by adding up pressure coming from the outside.
Keep in mind that you are working hard for your own goals and not for others’ appreciation. Remember that life is not a competition, so hustle at your own pace and give yourself room to grow (and breathe). According to Bill Gates, don’t compare yourself with anyone in this world.
Whenever you feel incapable of reaching new heights, don’t look into what other people have been accomplishing. Focus on what needs to be done, instead.
When in doubt, ask for help
Doubt stems from a person’s blind spot. Lack of experience or unfamiliarity should not hinder you from reaching your goals or exploring new opportunities. The only action to fill this gap is to seek for guidance preferably from professionals or experts.
Never be ashamed to come forward and admit that you have weaknesses. Your strength lies in your willingness to ask for help to overcome struggles.
“Instead of pretending that you understand something when you don’t, just raise your hand and ask a question.” – Michelle Obama
Think about the worst case scenario
If you still haven’t found the confidence to say ‘yes’ to a big opportunity, may it be a promotion, a major project, or anything that could be life-changing, then you can turn to this technique. Just pause and try to think about the worst case scenario, and mentally prepare for it. Think about the strategies and tactics that you could implement to never encounter that sticky situation.
Sometimes, you just need to perform positive self-talk to help you cope up with doubts and insecurities. Since these are formed in your head, then might as well take them down by being mentally tough.
“It is confidence in our bodies, minds, and spirits that allows us to keep looking for new adventures.” Oprah Winfrey
Be bigger than your fears
You can be bigger than your doubts and fears by simply accepting the fact that failures will never define you. Failures shape your character and establish resiliency into your DNA. These are qualities that you will not learn from being at the same place for the longest time.
“Inaction breeds doubt and fear. Action breeds confidence and courage. If you want to conquer fear, do not sit home and think about it. Go out and get busy.” – Dale Carnegie
Your fears will hold you back but if you step up and leave it behind, you will find your value as an individual, as well as discover your fullest potential.
Everyone experiences self-doubt because as human beings, we are subject to emotional and mental distress. We have insecurities, fears, worries, etc. But it is in those moments that you will get to exercise your willpower and mental toughness. The battle happens within your own mind. Turn back from your negativities by prioritizing your goals over destructive emotional instabilities.
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