Can you really conquer self-doubt? Self-doubt can be insidious. This is the word that seems to capture all the elements of self-doubt. According to one online dictionary, insidious means, “Proceeding in a gradual, subtle way, but with harmful effects.”
Synonyms to “insidious” are
Each of these words is appropriate because self-doubt does not come dancing in front of you and announce its presence. Rather, it’s subtle, it’s sneaky, and usually creeps up on you without your knowledge. You become aware of it when you see the tendencies, inclinations, and results in your life and business.
How Self-Doubt Manifests Itself
Self-doubt has the ability to keep you feeling locked away in your own insecurities, which can create mental bars that feel like a prison from which there is no escape. It will suffocate your ability to explore and be free to engage with opportunities and adventures, and it will hold you back from ever achieving the things that you really want.
Self-doubt manifests itself in insecurities that have escalated to a point over the course of the individual’s life where procrastination has become their best friend. ‘Someone’ can do that much better than they can, so why bother? Many times people eventually give up on even considering that they have any level of freedom at all regarding their own choices.
This is a terrible place for someone to find oneself in, and it causes a person to live a life that has been massively limited by the negative perceptions that have formed in their mind. Fortunately, though, with a little work and the right amount of determination, there is something that we can do to conquer this.
Why Conquer Self-Doubt
“Our doubts are traitors, and make us lose the good we oft might win, by fearing to attempt.”
― William Shakespeare,
Doubt itself, by its very nature, is negative. It is something that denounces and turns down any thoughts of positive or action-inspiring suggestion. If left unchecked, doubt becomes a mindset that keeps a person completely closed off from the world of positive inspiration and it keeps a person confined to a self-centered and destructive ego.
In order to conquer doubt, we must first desire to do so. If we do not have the desire to at least investigate the ability to overcome doubt, then there is little hope as the desire must come from within.
Ways to Conquer Self-Doubt
It starts with creating a new thought process and taking decisive action. It’s important to either show or build a case for the opposite of what’s currently happening. We need proof. Show yourself the opposite of your own self-doubt. Investigate and encourage yourself to try your very best to achieve or to witness or experience the very thing that your mind doubts.
Commit yourself to the challenge of proving every single one of your doubts wrong, and if you can do this, you will slowly re-program your mind to be able to achieve anything that you could possibly want to achieve.
This works for all kinds of self-doubt and insecurity because it has the effect of contradicting and opposing every form that self-doubt or insecurity takes. We intimately prove the self-doubting limitation wrong, and eventually the mind learns a newer and more positive way of thinking because it has witnessed firsthand the undoing of every single one of its limiting, doubting thoughts.
If you’re inspired, you can do this by yourself, but often people find that they need someone to talk with and hold them accountable so that over time self-doubt does not creep back into their thought patterns.
The Case to Conquer Self-Doubt
Now you may be wondering why I’ve chosen to focus on conquering self-doubt. Whether I’m working with clients 50 and Wiser, or younger clients, men and women often express doubt in their abilities to do something. As a result, they keep themselves from progressing at the rate at which they have the potential.
For example, a woman may know, in theory, that she has a message that she needs to take to the world; a message that can have a huge, positive impact on others. Her fear of speaking in front of a group of people prevents her from doing this. She also doubts that anyone would be interested in hearing this message from her. Self-doubt prevents her from taking the necessary steps to reach a larger audience. Until she makes the decision to take action, self-doubt will prevent her from giving value to the people who need it, as well as prevent her from earning the kind of income she desires.
Erasing self-doubt is not an easy one-step, or even two-step process when it has become a pattern of life, but you can conquer self-doubt. At various times in my life, I’ve encountered self-doubt. I would love to help you, as I have been helped to be empowered and bring value to the entrepreneur who is 50 and wiser… or who is going for more at any age. Learn more about my 90-Day Mentoring Program at http://DoubleYourResultsMentoring.com