“It is not the mountain we conquer, but ourselves.” – Edmund Hillary
We’re all familiar with the self-deprecating little voice in our heads that tells us we’re not good enough. Sometimes that voice gets so loud, it cripples our self-confidence and holds us back from chasing our dreams and accomplishing our goals.
Everyone struggles with insecurity once in a while, so you don’t have to beat yourself up about doubting yourself or hedging when it comes to doing certain things. Here are 5 things you can do to overcome that self doubt and feel more confident in yourself.
Be kind to yourself
When you’re grappling with self doubt, it’s very easy to fall into the trap of criticising yourself even further. Rather than falling into that pattern, a good move is showing yourself a little compassion.
That means going easy on yourself in the face of failure, trying out some self motivation tactics, and reminding yourself that one wrong thing doesn’t mean you’re a failure.
Remember your past achievements
Just as failures are a normal part of life, so are successes. During moments of self doubt, your failures can overwhelm you and make you doubt yourself even more.
In times like those, take a moment to write down all your past achievements. They’ll serve as a reminder that you’ve pushed yourself over the hurdle of self doubt before and motivate you to do it again.
Cultivate a positive mindset
A good way to counteract negative emotions like self doubt is to fight them off with positive thoughts. In addition to the health benefits of positivity, studies have shown that it also makes you more confident and happier so you can face whatever comes your way and beat it.
While it’s simple to say you should be positive, cultivating a positive mindset is not so easy. But, there are tried and tested ways to stay positive and the more you do them, the easier they’ll become a habit and help you get past your self doubt.
Improve your skills
One of the core roots of self doubt is fear that you’re not skilled enough to achieve certain things. For example, if you’re up for an interview, you’re likely to get nervous that you’ll fail.
You can beat that fear and feelings of self doubt by reading interview tips to improve your skills. Knowing that you’ve taken actions towards improving something you had doubts about will boost your confidence.
Talk to someone about it
A problem shared is a problem halved and this same principle applies to negative emotions. Opening up to someone you’re close to can help you as they’ll give you encouraging words to motivate you.
Besides friends, you can also talk to a professional specializing in such topics and feelings.
“Believe you can and you’re halfway there.” – Theodore Roosevelt