Have you ever set out to achieve something, big or small, and you hear a voice in your head telling you how terribly you will fail? Or do you sometimes think you are not good enough and you simply cannot do it? Many people have had an experience with this voice. It is self-doubt. This taunting voice beats you into a corner when you want to stand up to the high winds of challenges in life. All it does is criticise you and make you feel worthless.
The greedy nature of self-doubt ensures it sweeps clean all confidence, logic, and reason from your mind. It leaves you with unhappiness and depression. Your mind becomes occupied with fear and insecurity. But that should not be the case. Honore de Balzac couldn’t be more right when he said that, when you doubt your power, you give power to your doubt. The best you can do for yourself, with the help of self-knowledge, is to believe in yourself.
The good news is that the voice is made up in your mind, and there are ways to control it, rather than shutting it down completely. Failure to do this will plunge you into the ditch of fear, anxiety, and insecurity, and it is the last place you want to find yourself, since you will feel like you have nothing worth living for. Paralysis, physical and emotional, may also ensue.
Benefits of believing in yourself
Resources, intelligence, and opportunity may contribute to the success of an individual, but when you look down deep into the core of the prosperity of successful people, you will find they started by believing in themselves.
Why would you believe in yourself?
If you don’t, no one will
Putting it simply, if you don’t believe in yourself, no one else will. If you want your boss to recognise your performance, you must clearly represent the qualities expected from you. If you want to convince investors to put their money in your business, you must show beyond doubt you have a strong conviction that your strategy will work.
Self-confidence is an important attribute, especially when faced with challenges in life. One sure way of ensuring you will dig deep and stand firm is believing in yourself; the belief that comes from within enables you to face any challenge without succumbing to fear. If you feel your self- esteem is in ruins, you may start with something small. Believe in your capability to speak up in the next meeting. Believe it so strongly that you see yourself speaking and providing input. You already know the topic of the meeting. Prepare yourself, think about potential questions.
A step closer to achieving your goal
Finding a way to shut down the inner voice that would tell you how big and unachievable your goal is, is crucial. You don’t want to be afraid to take steps towards success due to insecurity or self-doubt. Believing in yourself is one of the surest ways to make big strides towards the goal you have been chasing for a while now. You only need positive thinking and attitude to realise it will take you time and effort to achieve your target, but you will achieve it.
It’s an inspiration
When you believe in yourself, you give yourself the motivation to work harder every day to move forward and go for what you desire. In the wake of difficulties or even setbacks, you just cannot afford to stop. Self-doubt is the crusher of big dreams many people have in life. You need the driving force to make it in life, and inspiration is a great boost.
Gives the realisation that mistakes are part of the process
Anyone telling you that you will always have a smooth ride in life towards your goal is lying. Failure is bound to attack when you think you have gotten to the level ground. The last thing you want to have by your side is self-doubt. It will make you think that all is gone and there is nothing more to do. However, believing in yourself will make you realise that, once you fail, you better stand up, dust off, and move on because that is what the journey of life is about.
It gives you positive attitude
Winston Churchill once said attitude is a little thing that makes a big difference. He was right. When you let negative thoughts flood your mind all the time, achieving your goal will be difficult. It is self-belief that makes you have the right attitude towards success.
Maybe you have lost the self-belief we have discussed in this article, and you are wondering how you can get it back. All is not lost. You can regain your confidence and become successful in life. The following are ways you can believe in yourself again.
Avoid people who bring you down
You have more than likely come across individuals who believe everything is impossible or so difficult that it is not worth the effort. These are the people you must avoid at all cost. They will do nothing less than shoot down your ideas when you come up with them, making you develop self-doubt and insecurity.
Identify your doubts
What are the things you think you cannot achieve in life? Why do you think you cannot achieve them? Identifying what you think that you are not good at is a sure-fire way to overcome fears and doubt.
Count your achievements
One way to boost your self-confidence when you feel down is to count and celebrate your results and achievements, even the smallest ones. It is the time when the usual pep talk does not cut it. Get a pen and pencil and list your successes one by one. Having someone tell you what you have achieved over the years is also an excellent way to increase your confidence.
Love and trust yourself
What people with self-doubt lack is self-love and trust. These two make you understand that the cause of action you take is the right one and nothing will ever stop you from achieving your best.