Updated: Jul 15, 2020
Self-doubt is that little voice in your head that just keeps talking all the time, even when you wish it would just shut up.
The voice that holds you back from following your dreams, and believing in yourself, is the voice of self doubt. It is not true, yet it often overpowers you.
In my experiencing and in what I have witnessed with clients that admit they have self doubt, it is not a matter of getting rid of it and abolishing self doubt.
All of the successful entrepreneurs I have worked with feel some form of self doubt when the grow to their next level.
They have all reported having that little voice that on occasion haunts them.
The good news is you have the power to take responsibility for your little voice and change it.
You can turn down the volume on your voice of self doubt by questioning your thoughts, accepting your emotions and looking for people that can expand your possibilities.
When you meet and experience other people that have achieved what you want to achieve and they share with you that they once had self doubt, that is the most effective way to reduce and move passed your self doubt.
Remember, this is not an overnight game-changer.
I have been dedicated to personal development for 10 years, and I have easily 10,000 hours of listening to trainings, seminars, YouTube content and reading a whole lot of books. And I am not above self-doubt.
I am 100 times better than I was 10 years ago, and I keep learning and growing every day.
I also want to stress that confidence comes from doing, from taking action. It is not just about working on your mental state.
It is a fine balance of being aware of the little voice in your head and still taking action to move forward even when the voice tells you that you can’t or that you will fail.
I worked with a client a few years ago that really made an impact on me and my self-doubt.
Her business at the time was doing just over $20M in sales, and she was getting ready for a global launch.
She had been in business for 2 decades, and much to my surprise, she shared with me her self doubts.
This was after she presented in front of a large group of adoring fans, where I sat in the audience and I heard so many women speak so highly of her and how she was their role model.
She told me she felt like an imposter like she should know more than what she knew. She was in a male-dominated industry, and she felt her best was not good enough.
I was in awe, and I never would have guessed this confident and accomplished woman would ever have a single doubt.
She helped me release the judgments I had put on myself thinking there was something wrong with me for having self-doubt.
Even though she confessed her self doubts to me, she did not let that stop her from taking action and launching her product to a global market.
Since that time, I have met many other accomplished entrepreneurs that shared their self-doubts with me.
In the last couple of years, I have seen a real shift in culture where some of the most successful entrepreneurs are going on stages and admitting their self-doubts, fear and overwhelm.
It’s about time that we all stop hiding that the fact that we are all human.
If you are experiencing self doubt it is a sign you are growing to your next level.
It is perfectly normal.
Take the time to reflect on your thoughts, on that automatic little voice that will continue to haunt you if you don’t acknowledge it, question if these thoughts are true, and take action, even if just a small step forward towards what you really want to accomplish.
Have you experienced self doubt in the past and still took action despite the doubt, what were your results?
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Wishing you love, joy and peace,