5 Powerful Tips for Overcoming Self-doubt
Self-doubt refers to feelings of uncertainty about certain situations, decisions, or aspects of life. It’s normal to feel self doubt and it can stem from things like anxiety disorders, childhood trauma, or attachment disorders.
But, persistent self-doubt and fear may influence your life negatively, preventing you from realizing your potential.
While having self-doubt is very common and therefore normalized, it doesn’t have to be permanent!
Most Common Causes of Self-Doubt
Past Experiences and Failures
Past experiences are likely to influence how you feel and react to things significantly.
Your experiences mold you into who you are now and how you perceive people and the world around you. Many of us find it difficult to let go.
Growing up in an unhealthy environment, such as bad parenting, may cause you to be extra careful about your decisions. You may be afraid of repeating your parents’ mistakes.
On the other hand, If your parents are selfish or arrogant, your behavior may swing towards the opposite end.
As a result of your parent’s personalities, you may become overly humble or lack self-confidence.
Fear of failure
Fear of failure makes every negative thinking real before it can ever happen. Because of it, you consider negative thinking as realistic and positive thinking as unrealistic.
On the other hand, what you should be doing is that allow fears in your life but still do the thing you want to because in life fear will always be there, whether you do it or not.
Tips How to Stop Doubting Yourself
Remember Your Achievements
Taking time to take inventory of all your accomplishments is a great way to minimize feelings of self-doubt. It can be hard to remember all of our accolades when we’re highly self-critical, but remembering what we’ve gone through and achieved is powerful. It can give us the motivation and empowerment we need to keep moving.
Be Mindful of Your Language
Using positive language that comes from a place of encouragement and optimism is a good way to tackle self-doubt feelings. Practice using positive words and being aware of the negative bias you may have towards yourself. Take conscious steps to use empowering language.
Spend Time With Supportive People
Friends or family members in our lives who believe in us and everything that we’re capable of will always be on our side. When you’re feeling self-doubt, surround yourself with positive people. They can remind you of how talented and resilient you are during times when you’re not feeling that way about yourself.
Keep a Journal
Journaling is always a therapeutic exercise to practice. Writing down your thoughts of self-doubt or experiences with imposter syndrome onto paper might be a good release.
Therapy is a great way to work through feelings of self-doubt and learn where they come from. When you begin to identify these things in therapy, you start to heal and move forward from whatever is holding your back.
Cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) is a popular form of therapy that can help specifically with self-doubt. With CBT, we can learn methods to challenge problematic ways of thinking that may lead to an improved mood and overall well being.
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