Self-doubt can be the very voice that holds you back from taking that risks. If you allow your inner critic to flood your mind with thoughts of self-doubt, it can be what makes you sabotage your own chances of success.Post undergrad or graduate school, you may find yourself working hard toward your next “life goal” or ambitious venture. In the pursuit of it all, there are times when you’re either up, or you’re down and you might feel unstable in the process, although you know it’s important to embrace the process.
Post undergrad or graduate school, you may find yourself working hard toward your next “life goal” or ambitious venture. In the pursuit of it all, there are times when you’re either up, or you’re down and you might feel unstable in the process, although you know it’s important to embrace the process.
You know that it’s the process that will lead you to a great idea for your hit record, or an opportunity to pitch an idea to the CEO. Whatever the goal, there is a process to get there and it is in that moment that you are gearing up to seize that window of opportunity. It is in that moment that you may also face doubt.
It’s funny. Just when the vision is clear and the resources are in place, we are still haunted by thoughts that incite fear of failure:
“I was asked to perform for a new artist showcase, but what if I am not good enough?”
“My manager trusts that I can present on the topic, but I’m nervous that I won’t be able to deliver as well as she had hoped.”
Here is a positive affrimatin to help. This week the positive affirmation is:
“I will eliminate self-doubt and the thoughts that create it.”
I’m focusing on this positive affirmation because I believe it’s important to eliminate self-doubt from your space whenever possible—especially when you’re in pursuit for your dream. But you cannot just eliminate self-doubt alone. You must learn how to avoid creating it in the first place.
Here’s the video in case you missed it:
So, once I recognize self-doubt, I try to find ways to eliminate it so I can move forward. Here are some of my practices that help me eliminate self-doubt:
- Identify the negative thoughts and turn them into a positive. Negative thoughts about your abilities or skills to kill the game can be demotivating in a highly-completive industry. If you begin to notice that you’re going down a path of negative thoughts about your work, try flipping each negative thought into a reasonable positive.
Example: “I didn’t get chosen to perform at this year’s Artscape stage, but I did get the opportunity to practice for a mixed audience and network with organizers at the event.”
- Get pumped! Many star athletes pump themselves up with a pep talk that may increase their performance on the field or on the court. It’s important to understand that in many ways, you are your own champion and only you know what your image of success looks like. Try putting positive notes in the back of your mind such as, “I can do this,” or “Okay! You better work, girl!”
- Remind yourself of why you’re here. In the hustle and bustle of everyday life, you may forget to celebrate milestones on your journey to success. You may forget about all of the accolades thus far, that makes you great. It’s ok to take the time to remind yourself how you got here and what you came to do. You may need a reminder of how far you’ve come to get where you are.
I often feel we’re in an era where everyone is dream chasing. It’s like we’re leaving the era of side hustles and leaping into everyone being their own boss. Battling with self-doubt can hinder you from taking your life to the next level. So, learning how to manage it can be helpful while you’re out there grinding.
“Eliminate doubt and the negative thoughts that create it.”