Do you struggle with self-doubt? Perhaps you often wonder if you’ve made the
right decision or have only a faint hope that your next job interview, project, or
even date will turn out well. The most unfortunate thing about self-doubt is
that your fears often become self-fulfilling prophecies.
On the other hand, when you take action to become more confident in yourself, more
things in your life automatically turn out better as well. With more self-confidence, your
decision-making skills are strengthened, others are drawn to you in social
situations, you produce higher quality work, and you’re more able to create the life
Try these strategies to silence the inner critic inside of you and regain your
1. Stop and think. Reflect on why you’re experiencing feelings of doubt. Think
about the events that caused you to feel insecure. Being faced with a challenge
that you don’t feel you’re capable of successfully completing is a major cause
Do you have a habit of putting yourself down? You may be subconsciously
repeating negative thoughts that prevent you from moving forward. Such
thoughts as “I can’t do this” and “I’m not good enough” become reasons to
opt out of new experiences that could bring you many benefits.
The next time you have a self-doubting thought, take a few moments to
think about why you believe this is true. If insecurities are getting the
better of you because of past failures, you must resolve to live in the
Today is a new day!
Replace your negative self-talk with positive thoughts about how you do it and you are good enough. Make the switch each and every time you have a self-doubting thought. Soon you’ll automatically be singing your praises instead of your doubts.
2. Practice self-understanding. Often, when you feel insecure about your abilities, you start berating yourself. Beating yourself up over something you feel you did wrong only leads to a cycle of frustration and procrastination. Realize that making mistakes doesn’t make you a bad or incompetent person – it simply makes you human.
Allow yourself to accept that while you’re not perfect, you’re certainly
someone who always strives to do the very best job you can. Embrace the
idea that every challenge in life is an opportunity for you to learn something
new and grow as a person.
3. Make a list. Take a blank sheet of paper and make two columns. On the left
side, write down all of those doubtful thoughts you’re having about yourself
right now. On the right side, list all of the positive facts that dispute your
For example, suppose you’ve been assigned a new task at work that
you’ve never done before, and you immediately become negative because
you feel your skills aren’t adequate.
On the left side of the list write “I can’t do this because I don’t have the skills.” On the right side of the page write “I was given this task because I’m a quick learner who always gets
the job done.”
You’ll find that you have a lot more positive facts listed than doubts. If
your positive list is short, keep searching through your talents and good
qualities (yes – they are there) until your positive list outweighs your
4. Write a letter. Write a letter to yourself that talks about your positive traits
and how you’ve overcome obstacles in the past. If you can recall a specific time
when you triumphed over self-doubt and accomplished something that makes
you feel proud, tell this to yourself in the form of a story.
The act of writing the letter will release all of those pent up insecurities that
are spinning around inside of your mind. By the end of the letter, you should
be feeling a lot better. Keep the letter in a brightly colored folder, so you
can refer back to it when needed.
5. Make an appreciation folder. Keep track of those kind words of appreciation
you receive from others. When you’re experiencing self-doubt, it’s easy to
forget about all of those wonderful comments you’ve received for doing things
that made other people’s lives better in some way.
Collect all of the emails, notes and cards that say kind and loving things about you.
When you feel the voice of your inner critic welling up inside of you,
simply take out your appreciation folder and read those wonderful
Self-doubt can rob you of the opportunity to reach new heights of success in life.
While it’s very common to doubt yourself once in a while, you want to be able to easily let
go of your inner critic when it pops up.
Practicing the steps above will enable you to push through your self-doubt, boost your confidence, and clear the way for positive new experiences.