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Simple tips you can use to become your own number one fan and finally overcome self-doubt.
Why Self-Doubt is Serious
We all suffer from some level of self-doubt, and when it’s healthy, it keeps our ego in check.
But self-doubt can be debilitating when it’s a regular practice.
There are many reasons why people can suffer from low self-esteem and low self-confidence. Sometimes it is because of trauma or painful past events. For other people it can be because they feel they can’t live up to certain expectations.
Regardless of the source, when we look upon ourselves unfavorably it can lead to us doubting ourselves and our abilities. This can lead to stress, mental blocks, indecision, and inaction.
When we doubt ourselves, we are limiting ourselves and our potential.
How to Cast Out Self-Doubt
Self-doubt can’t be defeated by repeating affirmations in the mirror daily (although that can be helpful), overcoming self-doubt means making a lifestyle change. You have to change your mindset and thought patterns, something that can’t easily be done.
How to Believe in Yourself
In order to stop doubting yourself, you have to start believing in yourself. You have to counter that little voice inside your head that says you can’t with one that says you absolutely can!Learning to believe in yourself is a process, but one that you must commit to stop limiting yourself. To help you get started, below is a list of 4 tips you can use to grow your self-confidence.
Challenge Negative Thoughts
Sometimes we forget that we have the final say when it comes to our thoughts. Negative thoughts and negative self-talk plague a lot people, and sometimes you can fall into a pattern of believing these harmful thoughts, which can hold you back from achieving your true potential in life.
Thankfully, you can learn to challenge these negative thoughts by practicing cognitive restructuring. It basically comes down to spinning a negative thought into a positive perspective.
See the infographic below for examples.
Hype Yourself Up
Once you start to take notice of how many times a day you engage in self-doubt and negative self-talk, you may be surprised. The first step in changing this behavior is being self-aware. Next, you have to implement change.
While challenging negative thoughts is essential to believing in yourself, there is something you can do to go a step further. That is to hype yourself up. Whether it’s adopting mantras, reciting affirmations, or even keeping a journal of your favorite inspirational quotes, you should be in charge of encouraging yourself daily.
Try to do this as authentically as possible, don’t think of it as a ridiculous task. If it seems too ridiculous right now, start by simply repeating a positive phrase such as “I can do this” when you feel doubt creeping in.
Learn to Love Failure
Failure is an essential part of life. There is so much to learn from our mistakes. Also, if you are failing or have failed at something, that means you tried.
The only thing worse than failing is not trying at all and never accomplishing anything.
Don’t be embarrassed by your failures or hold yourself to your own high standards. Instead, process the failure and learn to look at it objectively, being grateful for lessons learned and analyzing it for how to improve in the future.
Block Negative People
It’s universally accepted that we are own worst enemy, but some of us have a source of negativity in our lives that is toxic.
It will be much easier to be more positive and practice self-love if you are surrounded by people who care about your well-being.
People who constantly put you down, are critical of your behavior, and judge your decisions will only be another obstacle for you to overcome.
Sometimes we are in situations where we can’t remove a negative person from our life. In that case, try hard to constantly be mindful of your own perception of your current situation and feelings about your life. Don’t let their negative words influence your mindset.
For others, it may be a certain behavior that is contributing to the negativity in their lives. Such as social media, where we can constantly feel the need to compare ourselves and our lives to others.
While strongholds are hard to break free from, try your best to limit engaging in any activity that you know makes you feel bad about yourself.
How to Overcome Self-Doubt and be more Self-Confident
Use these simple tips to cast out self-doubt and negative self-talk. Finally learn to encourage yourself and become more self-confident.
You will be amazed at how much more productive you are and how you rise up to challenges instead of avoiding them out of fear of failure.
The most important step is to be in charge of your thoughts, from there you can develop the mental strength necessary to stay positive in any situation.