Banish your doubt How many times have you been stopped in your tracks by self-doubt? How often do you doubt yourself and your abilities? For many people self-doubt is a serious problem – a barrier to success. Self-doubt can paralyze you and keep you from moving toward your dreams. Research has shown that chronic self-doubt can lead to low self-esteem, mood swings, depression, and anxiety. If you suffer from self-doubt, you are not alone. It is a very common problem that keeps people from achieving their fullest potential.
Fortunately, there are some simple ways to banish the doubt and cultivate confidence in yourself and your abilities. The first thing is to realize that self-doubt is simply unproductive thoughts coming from your ego self. Your essential spirit (aka core self, higher self) does not entertain self-doubt. Your essential spirit only recognizes your potential, your unique gifts, and your talents. When you become aware of thoughts of doubt, try saying no. Do not allow yourself to continue wallowing in these thoughts. Shift your attention to your essential spirit and your inner potential. This is difficult at first, but with time and practice you will be able to stop self-doubt, rather than allowing self-doubt to stop you.
After you have stopped the thoughts of doubt it is important to replace this old self-talk with new more positive and affirming self-talk. Create some affirmations that you can repeat to keep your thoughts positive. You might try something like – I can do anything I set my mind to or I believe in my abilities and trust myself. As you lose the self-doubt you will find that you are able to move toward your dreams with confidence and personal power.