‘The worst enemy to creativity is self-doubt.’- Sylvia Plath
Self Doubt is that negative feeling of the mind that completely destroys your inner contentment, peace, happiness and prevents you from climbing the ladder of success. Every human being has been a victim of self-doubt undergoing tremendous emotional trauma at some point in life. It is that phase of life when you are guarded with the feeling of not being good enough for anyone or anything and often hold yourself back.
Hence it is necessary to control these inner negative voices from gaining control over your mind and challenge them with a smarter positive approach to have peace in your life. Here are a few useful tips that can help you overcome the trauma of self-doubt:-
When in self-doubt, the negative inner voice always has a win-win situation in controlling your behavior and mind. You do exactly what your mind is telling you but no, the point here is to go against your mind as soon as you feel it is trying to pull you down the lane of negativity.
You need to shut out those negative thoughts immediately and encourage yourself towards positivity. In this way, the inner negative mind breaks continuity, and you gain self-confidence.
“No one knows your truth but you. If you're secure in yourself, no one and no(thing) can touch you.” ― Brittany Burgunder
One of the biggest reasons for self-doubt is caring too much about what others will say, how they will judge what kind of criticism you will face, and fearing all this you often back out from many things even if your dream is included in it.
But as a result, you will be victimized with self-doubt and laid back from your goals and dreams. Not everyone is going to join you in your success neither cry with you in your failure. So it is important that you focus on the things you value, you want to achieve, and move in that direction keeping the negativity aside.
“Doubt kills more dreams than failure ever will.”― Suzy Kassem
A very effective technique to kill Self Doubt is to engage yourself in activities that talk about positivity, build up your inner strength, and motivate you towards success.
You can achieve this by reading books, meditation, nature walks, workouts, and artistic activities. A lot of books from famous writers are available in these genres, so grab a one and surely it will boost your confidence level and inner potential blocking all the negativity.
“If you hear a voice within you say you cannot paint, then by all means paint and that voice will be silenced.”― Vincent Willem van Gogh
Sometimes keeping everything dumped within yourself can be frustrating and you might not figure out how to see things from a better perspective to overcome your extreme inferiority.
In such cases, if you have someone trusted people in your life like family members or dear ones who are quite supportive. You can discuss your problems with them to feel light and maybe they can help you see things which you are unable to. Consultation is a very effective method to overcome self-doubt and regain your confidence level.
It’s not who you are that holds you back, it’s who you think you’re not.―Hanoch McCarty
Human nature has a very bad habit of comparing themselves to other people’s lives and thinking like how happy they are or what if they could be like them while in reality, you might be completely unaware of the inner battles they are fighting out or how they have come to such level.
So stop comparing yourself to the superior ones as that will destroy your inner confidence and make you feel worthless. Instead try yourself to make better each day, focus on your achievements so far and how you can climb the stairs of your dreams in near future.
Believe in your infinite potential. Your only limitations are those you set upon yourself. Believe in yourself, your abilities and your own potential. Never let self-doubt hold you captive. You are worthy of all that you dream of and hope for.”― Roy T. Bennett, The Light in the Heart
Small achievements are the footsteps of bigger success. So if you have completed anything you feel small, never forget to celebrate your glory of accomplishing the task. Life is all about celebrating each moment which you will never have again once it is gone. So treat yourself with your favorite things or celebrate with your favorite people as it will help you keep up your confidence level blocking the self-doubt and increasing the feeling of positivity.
Try a thing you haven’t done three times. Once, to get over the fear of doing it. Twice, to learn how to do it. And a third time to figure out whether you like it or not. ―Virgil Thomson
To progress in life and achieve something bigger, overcoming self-doubt is an essential part. The above-mentioned tips are very useful in not only building your inner confidence level but also your inner strength to block negativity.
“Our doubts are traitors, and make us lose the good we oft might win, by fearing to attempt.” ― William Shakespeare, Measure for Measure