Self Doubt Stems from a Lack of Belief in Your Abilities

by | Aug 8, 2016 | 2016 Celebrate You!, Celebrate You!, Mindset

If you don’t believe in yourself, who will? Successful entrepreneurs have all experienced moments of self doubt, but also have an amazing ability to move past the lack of confidence and force themselves to go on.

Self Doubt Stems from a Lack of Belief in Your Abilities
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The ability to move beyond self doubt comes from experience … and the knowledge that even failure provides an advantage: You know you tried and you may have learned something from the experience. Newbies to any endeavor can sometimes find themselves in a perpetual state of self doubt.

Because they lack the experience, they won’t be able to see obstacles in advance. This can cause a risk avoidance behavior that leads to self doubt. That self doubt can make or break even the most successful entrepreneur and paralyze him or her so that no action is taken and failure becomes the norm.

Remember your young school days? You were required to sit at a desk, learn, turn in homework and take tests to see what you’ve learned. Now, as an adult, you have to take that initiative on your own.

Learning, experimenting and brainstorming new ideas is a bit like learning to ride a bicycle. You’ll likely fall several times, but eventually you’ll get on that bike one day and move on down the path like a pro.

After you’ve ridden the bicycle a few times, you don’t even think about how it works — you just do it. As an entrepreneur, you know there’s always something new to try or think about.

You can either choose to give it all you’ve got — or leave an idea by the wayside and move on to something else. An idea may work for some, but it may not be for you. You’ll learn to be discretionary in latching on to new ideas or different ways of doing things.

Eventually, this ability will be so innate that you won’t even have to think about it as you move forward to meet your goals. Sometimes, you’ll try something that backfires or simply doesn’t work out the way you thought it would.

Rather than doubting your ability and becoming paralyzed by the situation, take a step back and remember what got you where you are in the first place. Even newbies can think back and remember what decisions led them to take action. It was likely a decision based on goals you’ve achieved in the past or a deep interest or appreciation you have for the possibility of the future.

Then forgive yourself for any mistakes you may have made. These mistakes give you the advantage of knowledge and you can now move ahead knowing you won’t make that mistake ever again. Your ability to succeed has just increased.

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