Many are plagued with doubt and the inability to trust their own judgement. This could be due to low self-esteem, past failures, or criticism. When we doubt ourselves and our abilities it is difficult to step out into new opportunities. Doubt can hold us bound, causing us to second guess ourselves. Have you ever been in a situation where you begin to question your actions when there is no evidence to suggest you are in the wrong or made an error? I have – it was crippling and chipped away at my self-confidence.
I have learnt not to yield to doubt by ensuring where possible that I have enough information to hand when starting a task or project. I tend to doubt myself when I am not well informed. Unfortunately I cannot control every situation I find myself in therefore I must learn to deal with my attitude towards doubt. It always serves me to remember that no one person knows everything. No one person has the answers. Many succeed through trial and error as they are not fearful of making a mistake.
Look at the entrepreneurs of their time, Richard Branson, Bill Gates, the late Steve Jobs – they did not arrive to success without failing along the way. They also took risks which meant having the confidence to push forward with their ideas and plans.
When we doubt ourselves, others will do the same. When we are bold in our actions it installs confidence in those around us. People will struggle to believe in you if you do not believe in yourself.
Tips on dealing with doubt:
1. Accept that you are doubtful- you cannot deal with an issue if you do not first acknowledge it exists
2. Stop underestimating your abilities and note down your skill set – we take many of our skills and expertise for granted as we do them daily. They become a part of us.
3. Take on the new opportunity/project and decide to master it as you go along.
To round up, doubt can hinder you if you allow it. The feelings of uncertainty will come but you can choose to take a step in the right direction.
How do you dealt with self-doubt?
How would you encourage others who struggle in this area?