Doubt is a very human experience, whether you are doubting your intelligence, appearance, ambition or yourself as a whole. For most, doubt arises when we are faced with challenges that test our abilities or when we are taken outside of our comfort zones.
Oftentimes, doubt comes in the form of negative self-talk, such as thoughts of failure, not being good enough, or fear of not achieving your goals. These feelings can lead to anxiety, depression and a lack of motivation for some, and for others it is a motivator to work harder, persevere and take risks.
To help battle the self-doubt, SLC Life has three tips to remember when those unsure feelings arise:
1. You Are Not Alone
It may feel like no one can understand the doubt you feel in yourself. We speak from experience when saying – you are not alone. It is a completely normal experience to doubt yourself in times of difficulty, and it is a hard part of growing to become the person you are meant to become. Every person in this world faces challenges that take them outside of their comfort zone feels this way at some point. Sometimes it helps to ask your peers if they are having these feelings, as talking it out with someone in a similar situation can often help you see that you are just being hard on yourself.
2. You are capable of anything
This may sound like a cliche, but it’s true! You are capable of whatever you set your mind to. You have intelligence and your unique experiences to help you achieve anything. You are the only human in this world with your specific unique set of life experiences, and you can use these to help make decisions, create interesting solutions and tackle difficult scenarios.
3. Failure is nothing to be afraid of
When doubting yourself think of the worst possible outcome. Realistically you know that if you fail the world is not going to spontaneously combust, and baby animals are still alive and well. Failure is what drives many of us to feel anxiety and begin doubting our abilities. We challenge you to look at failure a different way. When someone fails, they learn. No matter what type of failure or what type of situation, it is inevitable that you will have made a mistake and then learned from it. The benefit of failing is that you become experienced and are able to analyze what you did right and wrong, ultimately allowing you to learn, grow and take on the next challenge with more confidence and a better perspective.