At some point in our lives we have all experienced self-doubt. A time where we have caught ourselves saying ‘I can’t do this‘. It’s normal and natural to go through those feelings at some point in life. Self-doubt is something I have struggled with before and it happens to me periodically. Self-doubt is a feeling of lack of confidence and not feeling like you can do something. A few examples of when you might experience self doubt are when you are going for a job interview, when you meet new people or when you are starting a new hobby. Self-doubt is something that often comes with romantic relationships too.
On occasion self-doubt can really affect bloggers. It makes people delete their blogs and stop writing because they feel like they’re not good enough. This all stems from various things bloggers worry about like stats, comments and followers.
Self-doubt can have a real effect on you and especially your mental health. It’s really not a good feeling and comes from a lack of confidence. It can leave you feeling stuck, as you feel like you’re not good enough to move forward. Today I want to share some ways that we can overcome self-doubt and what we can do to combat those feelings.
You have all heard the famous quote that comparison is the thief of joy, and it’s so true. Often we have self-doubt because we see others and think they’re better than us. Everyone is facing their own battles. That person you are comparing yourself too might be feeling the exact same way about you too. It’s important to remember that you are you for a reason. You can’t compare yourself to people you don’t know or even people you do know.
Think of others as ice bergs, you only see a small portion of someones life, the rest is under the water and hidden. Their lives may seem perfect and they might outwardly look like the perfect person but you don’t know what they are dealing with under the surface.
Self-doubt often goes hand in hand with low confidence and it makes sense as to why. If you don’t feel confident in who you are as a person then you wont feel as though you can achieve things. Low confidence can really have a knock on effect on so many other aspects of life. There are so many ways we as people can help to increase our confidence such as positive affirmations, not comparing ourselves to others and self-care just to name a few.
Low confidence doesn’t always mean you’re not confident in every area of life. You could have confidence in your looks but not your abilities and vice versa. It also doesn’t always mean you don’t feel good about yourself. Some of the most beautiful people in the world will have faced low confidence and self-doubt. This goes so far beyond outward appearances.
We all have things we are insecure about, and we need to learn there are insecurities that we might just never overcome. Something that I’m learning is that we shouldn’t let our insecurities stop us from doing the things we want to do, which I know is easier said than done. You don’t know unless you try, and you might find that you’re uncomfortable throughout all of it but what a learning experience. Knowing you got through your biggest insecurity is such an achievement.
Alot of the time its mind over matter when it comes to insecurities. Because you and your mind are the only ones stopping you from doing it.
Have you experienced feelings of self-doubt before?
Have you let low confidence or insecurities stop you from doing something?
Most of the points I have mentioned in this post are such mental battles that we must face. But please remember they are just thoughts and not reality. You are more than your mind tells you that you are.