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Rise Above the Doubt: Strategies for Overcoming Self-Doubt and Achieving Success

Updated: Feb 27, 2023

Banish the blues with these 4 strategies to overcome self-doubt.

Man overcoming his self-doubt

Self-doubt is an inevitable aspect of life that everyone experiences at some point. However, it's crucial to approach it with the right mindset to overcome it effectively and quickly return to the path of success. Read on to discover a few effective methods for handling self-doubt when negative thoughts arise.

1 Make the choice not to compare yourself to others

Thoughts of self-doubt often come when you compare yourself to someone else. Resolve in advance not to let this happen.

When it happens again (which it probably will at some point), remind yourself that you aren't the other person. They have a journey completely different from your own. Look at how far you've come on your journey. Your journey is yours and yours alone.

2 Remember the past is the past

Many people experience self-doubt when thinking about the past. Whenever the past comes up in your mind, remind yourself that it's over and done with. If you dwell on the past, it will make self-doubt worse.

Look towards the future and all of the exciting and inspirational plans you have instead. It can also help to list all the things you are grateful for in the present.

"Doubt kills more dreams than failure ever will." - Suzy Kassem

3 Remind yourself that failures are valuable lessons

The most successful people on earth will tell you that everyone will have failures at some point in their life. This is inevitable. When you experience a failure, you will likely have some thoughts of self-doubt.

Don't let these get you down. Instead of focusing on the negative, resolve to focus on the positive. Run through the lessons you have learned to feel confident that you won't make the same mistake again.

4 Have a support system

There is nothing worse than experiencing self-doubts and feeling alone simultaneously. You should do everything in your power to have a support system in place when these doubts start to creep in.

The support system doesn't have to be physical. It could also be a forum or an online support group. These days the virtual world is filled with potential allies that would love to support you in any way that you need it. Either way, it should be someone you trust to talk to when the going gets rough. They can help remind you of what an amazing person you are and the journey you’ve embarked on to get where you are.

Overall, battling self-doubt when it pops up is never easy. If you follow these four suggestions, you will find yourself well-equipped to deal with self-doubt when it arises. Before you know it, you'll be back on your way to achieving your dreams as your true confident and amazing self!

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