Are you letting self-doubt and fear stop you from going after what you want? Are you ready to overcome these obstacles?

Here are 5 tips to help you take action in the face of self-doubt and fear.

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If you don’t undergo fear and self-doubt frequently, you’re way too comfortable. You aren’t taking enough risks. Fear and self-doubt show up only when you are putting yourself on the line to move forward on a desired goal.

Therefore, if you are going through an inner battle where you want and know you should do something, but your thoughts are urging you not to, you are on the right path to success.

When you’re taking action to better your life or grow your business, it’s not a question of whether you will experience self-doubt and fear. You will.

The real question is what are you going to do about it?

A) Netflix and chill on the couch all day.

B) Do what is necessary to win the battle and destroy self-doubt and fear.

If you choose A, fine. You may resume watching binge-watching your series. Bookmark this post so you can read it when you’re ready to do B.

If you’re done with fear and self-doubt NOW and you’re ready to move past it, here are 5 tips to help you do just that.

Tip #1: Call It Out

We tend to take our thoughts for absolute truth. This is a good thing if the self-talk is positive and spurring you on to success, but in moments of discomfort, the thoughts we have are mostly pure garbage. In the midst of challenging times, our thoughts turn into our worst enemies.

In order to destroy self-doubt and fear, you have to notice and call it for what it is: false insecurities trying to yank you back to your comfort zone.

When you are in the middle of a self-doubt battle, pause and pay close attention to your mental chatter. You’ll be surprised at just how ridiculous it sounds.

If you’re really bold, write down your thoughts in a journal. When you unload your thoughts and feelings on paper, it’s like stepping outside the frame so you can see the whole picture more clearly.

Tip #2: Keep It to Yourself

There are two reasons why you should keep your goals, dreams, and business ideas to yourself.

First, you are going to have a tough time with your own feelings of self-doubt. You don’t need to pile on more negativity from the nay-sayers. Not everyone will see your vision like you do.

Secondly, it has been proven that telling someone your goal makes it less likely to happen. The most satisfying part of reaching the finish line is the rush of excitement. When you enthusiastically tell others what you’re “going” to do, it’s as if you already experienced the event. In your mind, it’s said and done. Then you won’t work as hard to accomplish it.

Tip #3: Follow at Your Own Risk

You can be having the greatest day of your life until you start scrolling through your social media feed. Looking at all the greats in your industry can make you feel like a failure.

Subconsciously, you know it’s unfair to compare yourself to someone who has more experience than you. They’ve been in the game longer. Of course they will be miles ahead of you.

But in the moment when we see others boast about their success, it’s not easy to remember that everyone starts at ground zero, and you have to work your way up to their level.

Don’t you think it’s better to avoid posts that trigger feelings of self-doubt? If you have a tendency to compare your journey, circumstances, or life to someone else’s, you should unfollow them.

Tip #4: Keep a Motivation Stash

Have a place where you can go for motivation on demand. This can be any or all of the following:

A YouTube playlist of empowering speeches, music videos, success stories, or anything else that inspires you:

I include hip-hop music videos, IISuperWomanII (I find her very empowering), and Oprah Winfrey speeches on my motivation/inspiring playlists.

A list of all your accomplishments: Our minds are wired to focus on the negative. When you’re feeling self-doubt, it’s easy to dwell on everything that is going wrong. We forget about everything we have accomplished. Keep a list of all your wins, whether big or small and read them in your low moments of self-doubt.

Feedback: Keep a file of positive comments, reviews, and any other positive responses you’ve received for your work.

Tip #5: Start Shipping

Don’t let fear and self-doubt paralyze you. As long as you are striving to achieve your goals, self-doubt will keep peering its ugly head. You might as well get used to shipping (taking action) in spite of it.

To this day, every time I publish a blog post, video, or a book I’m terrified. But I force myself to do it anyway. Because I know if self-doubt is trying to talk me out of it that means it’s important. If it wasn’t, I wouldn’t feel self-doubt. I wouldn’t feel anything.

Always remember self-doubt is natural, and it comes to with the territory of self-growth. No one is immune to it. You’re not weak for feeling self-doubt and fear. But the one thing you cannot do is let it stop you from achieving your dreams. Feel the self-doubt.

Feel the fear, and do it anyway.

 

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