Let go of self-doubt, it’s only weighing you down.
“It’s never too late, or in my case too early, to be whoever you want to be. There’s no time limit. Start whenever you want. You can change or stay the same.” ~F. Scott Fitzgerald
Put. It. Down. Carrying around self-doubt is NOT worth it.
As young entrepreneurs it is so easy to be weighed down by self-doubt. There are so many unanswered questions as we venture into the unknown. It can be scary, lonely and often at times we feel quite vulnerable as we take the leap into our entrepreneurial journey.
So many of us walk through life carrying the heavy baggage of self-doubt. It drains our happiness, stops us dead in our tracks, and compels us to spend our lives never realizing our full potential. Self-doubt is one of the biggest reasons why so many young entrepreneurs don’t succeed.
If you’re someone who constantly struggles with self-doubt, I have good news, there are ways in which you can combat it and work with it.
How to Let Go of Self Doubt and Regain Confidence?
Here are the five ways you can silence your inner critique, solidify your friendship with yourself and regain confidence in the amazing and wonderful person you really are.
1. Ground Yourself and Say Stop!
Once you discover there are negative voices running inside your head, try to stay in the present moment and focus on the positives. Try to prepare something positive you can go to whenever you feel negative or unsure of yourself. Ideas on what you can prepare:
• A list of counter arguments, things like “I can do this” or “It’s just another chance for me to learn.”
• A jar that contains happy memories
• A file that contains all the photos that make you smile
• A list of quick energy-boosting activities you can do
• A box of healthy snacks that you can always go to
2. Let Go of Self-Criticism
Learn to ignore the voice in your head that says you aren’t good enough. And as you continue to ignore it, you’ll find that it grows weak and is eventually silenced. It’s a little challenging in the beginning, but it’s totally worth it. Start by changing the negative comments you hear in your head into positive ones. The minute the voice in your head says something critical or gives you visuals of say, you slipping on the stage during your presentation – flip it and imagine you getting a standing ovation after your presentation. In doing so, you’ll immediately regain confidence.
3. Don’t Be Afraid to Seek Help
While it’s important to work on ourselves, it’s also a good idea to get support from your loved ones, including family and friends. Don’t be afraid to ask for help. They can be your partner, family members, friends, mentors, supervisors or even a coach. Getting advice and reassurance from others can also improve our self-confidence and keep us motivated.
4. Be Unapologetically Yourself
How many times have you dimmed your ‘light’ so that you are not judged, criticised or rejected? We predict the negative consequences we will face if we were to act boldly. The fear of rejection is so strong that it makes you feel as if you’re incapable of expressing your opinions at all. Wayne Dyer used to say that if you were to ask 30 people what they think of you, you are likely to find out that you have 30 different reputations. Learn to witness others’ opinions without getting attached to them. Also, when you constantly focus on what others are thinking about you, you are inhibiting yourself. If you want to truly realize the life you want – do yourself a favor and stop worrying so much about others. Otherwise, you will continue to hold yourself back.
5. Start treating yourself better.
Be more understanding and loving towards yourself. You are deserving of success, happiness and love as much as anyone else in the world. Accepting this fact will make it easier to change your thoughts when you feel low. And by doing all of these things, you will regain confidence and feel so much better about yourself and your life.
It’s time to lock those self-doubts away. You have work to do!
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Article written by Laura Yeo, founder of the Young Entrepreneurs of England.
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