We all have our moments of doubts. “I don’t think I can do this!” “I’m not capable!” In using these small phrases, you’re questioning your own abilities. That’s not very encouraging is it? How do you expect to grow and succeed when you keep this continuous negative attitude?
Have you noticed that, when you think something’s not going to work, it usually doesn’t? “Our doubts are traitors…” – William Shakespeare. When you believe and accept your self doubts, you sabotage your performance. Sometimes, a small doubt is all you need to hear in your head to give up. It stops you from trying new things and taking on new challenges.
Doubts are neither concrete, nor clear – they just blur the vision from seeing things clearly, blocking you from moving forward. Repetitive self doubts overshadow your enthusiasm. It numbs the mind into believing “I am not enough”.
Simply put, doubts do not nurture or serve you.
Here’s the “get over your doubt” guide:
• Let’s say, you’re going for a job interview and self doubts begin to creep up on you… what to do? Take a moment to rethink: “Look, I can do this! I’ve got the relevant experience and qualifications! Even if I don’t get this job, it’s OK. I’m going to give the interview my best shot! And anyway, at least I’ll gain some valuable interview experiences.” Remember, every minute you spend doubting yourself is a minute you could have invested in planning and preparing.
• With doubt, no doubt, you’re resisting trust. So, get really good at trusting yourself. Think: “I have the capacity to do whatever comes my way.” “I can become my best.” Take an action with trust, and move forward!
• Let’s say you act, regardless of your doubts, and your doubts materialise – it’s not the end of the world is it? You can always learn from the experience. Failures can be opportunities in disguise. Maintain self trust, no matter what the outcome.
This blog is part of “The A – Z Challenge”, shifting one negative habit a week into a positive. For more info on the challenge, click here: https://www.innerspace.org.uk/challenges/a-z-challenge.php