Self-doubt is a tricky little critter. It can gnaw away at your confidence, sabotage your amazing ideas, and hold you and your business back.
It often does these things when you are not even aware that it’s lurking. If you suspect that self-doubt is interfering with your route to success, don’t sweat it. It’s actually so normal that it would be weird if you didn’t experience it!
Even the most successful and seemingly confident people suffer from thoughts and feelings of inadequacy, fear, and doubt.
It’s how you deal with them that makes the difference. If you let them take over your mind, then you could be derailing your own business. Here’s how to plough ahead and be fucking awesome in spite of self-doubt.
How To Stop Self Doubt Derailing Your Business
Just Do The Damn Thing
One of the biggest symptoms of self-doubt is being paralysed. We get so caught up in analysing the best way forward and second-guessing our route that we get stuck where we are.
While I’m all about planning and researching where you need to, there comes a point where you need to pull finger and take action to grow your confidence and get shit done.
Taking an action, no matter how small it is, will drive you forward. Just do the damn thing and you will be amazed by the progress you will make.
Snack-Size Your Goals
Self-doubt loves to scoff at your grand goals and dreams. Want to write a book or launch a new product? Chances are your mind will be full of misgivings and reasons why you can’t. This is where it’s helpful to chop your goals up into snack-sized pieces that don’t feel so damn scary.
Start with a blog post or one chapter of a book instead of scaring yourself silly with the whole damn novel. Each baby step – or snack-sized goal – you achieve builds confidence and leaves doubt in the dust.
Pick Your Posse Carefully
Haters and pessimists are fuel for the fire of self-doubt, and girl, you do not need that energy. Surround yourself with people who embrace what is possible and believe in you – and ignore the rest!
Having people in your corner to cheer you on when you lack confidence is going to get you through the roughest of times and give you much-needed perspective when those doubts threaten to overwhelm reason!
If you don’t have a supportive circle of your own, then there are plenty of spaces online where all the best people hang out. My Accountability Tribe is one of those supportive online spaces. We are a group of driven women who are adamant that self doubt will not stand in our way. If this sounds like you, then we would love for you to join us on our journey for world domination!
Celebrate Past Triumphs – And Yourself
Don’t get sucked into thinking about that time you tried something and failed, or all the things you think you are not good at. When doubt creeps in, remember the hundreds of things you have kicked ass at. Make a list if you need to.
Celebrate the times you were awesome at something, took a leap of faith, and did something fabulous.
Okay, so doubt doesn’t mean to be an asshole, it’s actually trying to protect you. Kind of sweet really… but you aren’t a kid – you’re a powerful businesswoman who’s got it covered.
When self-doubt tries to keep you in your safe, secure, (but limited) comfort zone, say, “thanks but no thanks,” and step outside of the zone. Doing new, scary, intimidating things is a surefire way to kick self-doubt to the curb.
There’s no such thing as failure – or perfection. If you don’t get the desired results, look at (and adjust) your tactics instead of blaming your perceived lack of talent. It’s all about the pivot. Analyse, learn, and get back on the horse.
Trying to make everything perfect can be as paralysing as self doubt. The fact of the matter is, you will never be 100% happy with something. Focusing on perfection is a distraction away from taking necessary action.
Are you ready to kick self doubt to the curb?
Then join a group of like-minded women who are all doing amazing things with their business, despite the ever present inkling of self doubt.
Let me help you achieve the things you want in your business.