Self-Doubt, a lack of faith in oneself: a feeling of doubt or uncertainty about one’s abilities, actions, etc. thank you, Merriam-Webster. I would say that sums it up pretty nicely, but while the definition itself is accurate, how each one of us relates to it is a very personal and unique struggle.
The doubt you have about who you are and what you’re capable of can be a daily struggle affecting virtually any aspect of your personal, relational, or professional life. It’s something that’s on your mind from the time you wake up until hit the hay at the end of the day. It makes you doubt everything from your ability to choose a menu item at your favorite restaurant, to figuring out what car you want to buy, and of course…everything in between.
What about relationships? Am I worthy of finding a husband or wife? If I am married, am I able to give them everything they need? The kids, will I be a good parent, how do I do that, what if can’t teach them what they need to know, what if…what if…
And then there’s the whole survivor thing; how can I possibly heal? What if I can’t handle therapy, and for that matter how do I even go about finding a therapist? Do I need a coach, what if they can’t help me either? Self-Care, how in the world do I do that, what if I do it wrong?
I’m sure you get the idea; self-doubt is something that can feel very overwhelming and keep you from ever even trying something new, regardless of how healthy and positive it might be. The good news is, self-doubt is something that is a learned response (just like anxiety) so therefore it is something that can be unlearned.
Joanne and I share some thoughts on self-doubt during this episode of the podcast. Her new book, “Ditch Your Doubt” gives you practical insight into how self-doubt is manifested in your life and ways you can overcome it.
How is self-doubt presenting in your life? Are there strategies you’ve tried that just don’t work? There’s a reason for that; every event in life is a learning experience for your brain. What we teach ourselves, what we’ve been taught (consciously or otherwise), the people we interact with in daily life, it’s all connected and can all foster this mindset of perpetuating self-doubt and feeling stuck.
There is hope, there are ways to work through this and retrain your brain to default to new pathways, new mindsets, and a more positive, authentic outlook on not only who you are, but what your capable of, and the way you see others.
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