As a coach I find my clients’ obstacles aren’t always external. Often, the most challenging ones are “internal,” or mindset obstacles. My clients express their struggles with self-doubt. 

It shows up in subtle ways such as questioning if their idea is good enough, or the action is the right one. 

Underneath, is the fear of not being good enough or if people will reject or judge them. 

If you can relate to these feelings, know that you are not alone.

A jet flying to Hawaii must continually correct its course, so must our goals require consistent recalibration. 

Let’s get you back on track with these four powerful strategies! 

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Self-doubt is a common experience. What people don’t understand is what it is costing them. 

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Let’s explore why self-doubt is so damaging and how you can overcome it.

Why Self-Doubt Is So Damaging

Self-doubt is incredibly insidious and limiting. It can prevent you from pursuing your dreams, taking risks, and trying new things. Here are a few reasons why self-doubt is so damaging:

  1. It leads to inaction: When you doubt yourself, you may feel paralyzed and unable to take action on your goals. This can prevent you from achieving your full potential.
  2. It damages self-esteem: Self-doubt can erode your self-esteem and confidence and make you feel like you are not good enough. This can lead to a negative cycle of self-talk and lower your confidence even further.
  3. It creates anxiety: Self-doubt can create feelings of anxiety and stress. You may worry about what others think of you, or whether you will fail. This can create a vicious cycle of negative thoughts and emotions.

How to Overcome Self-Doubt

Self-doubt can be incredibly detrimental, affecting our confidence and abilities. But don’t worry, here are some practical tips to leave it behind in the past! 

Let’s explore them together:

  1. Challenge negative self-talk – Use mindfulness to pay attention to the negative self-talk that runs through your mind. Challenge these thoughts by asking yourself if they are really true. Would you say these things to a friend? Reframe negative thoughts into positive ones.

  2. Celebrate small wins – Acknowledge and celebrate your successes, no matter how small they may seem. This can help boost your confidence, remind you of your capabilities, and rewire your neuropathways.

  3. Take action – Small steps are better than no steps. Breaking your goals down into smaller, achievable steps will help you START. Take small, consistent steps, even if they feel uncomfortable or challenging. Each small step can build momentum, increase your confidence, and help you overcome self-doubt.

  4. Practice self-care – Taking care of yourself can help boost your self-confidence and reduce anxiety. Exercise, eat well, get enough sleep, and make time for hobbies or activities that bring you joy.

  5. Find Support  – Surround yourself with positive individuals who uplift and inspire you. Consider seeking guidance from a trained coach or mentor who can help you recognize when negative thoughts hinder your progress. Collaborating with a coach increases the likelihood of making lasting, positive changes that improve your life. They can provide you with the tools to shift your mindset that is aligned with success.

Self-doubt can be like an imaginary friend, all-consuming and nonexistent. Don’t let it hold you back!  

By challenging negative self-talk, celebrating small wins, taking action, surrounding yourself with positivity, and practicing self-care, you can overcome self-doubt and build the resilience and confidence needed to achieve your goals. 

Remember, you are capable of achieving great things—all you need is a little self-belief.

Are you feeling overwhelmed and unmotivated due to self-doubt? Do you want to build your confidence and get back on track toward achieving your goals and dreams? I can help you do just that! With my one-on-one coaching sessions, I will help gain clarity on your goals, uncover blocks that are blocking your success, and identify personalized steps so that you can live the best version of yourself. 

Schedule a complimentary session with me today to find out more about how I can help you achieve your goals and dreams!

Here is to you living your best version of yourself!

Xo, River

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