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Ever Wondered How to Combat Self-doubt?

Coach George Wilse by George Wilse
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Self-doubt can cripple those dreams, those reasons for doing what we do best - but the good news is we all have the ability to challenge these beliefs... and here's how...

This article i'm not holding anything back (do i ever?) and if you are looking to conquer self-doubt and fear and navigate your changes with success. Then get in touch. It's what I created Susatinable Life Coach for, and it's what all of my clients are enjoying being free of.

There are 6 ways to challenge Self-doubt, and they go like this.

Recognise and identify negative thoughts.
Start by becoming aware of your negative self-talk. Pay attention to the thoughts that arise when you doubt yourself or feel like an impostor. Identifying these thoughts is the first step towards addressing them.

Reframe negative thoughts.
Once you've identified negative thoughts, work on reframing them into more positive and realistic perspectives. Replace self-defeating statements with more empowering and compassionate thoughts. For example, instead of saying, "I'm not qualified for this job," reframe it as, "I have the skills and experience to handle this job effectively, and I am capable of learning and growing."

Gather evidence and challenge assumptions.
When self-doubt arises, gather evidence that counters your negative beliefs. Reflect on your past accomplishments, strengths, and positive feedback from others. Remind yourself of the challenges you have overcome and the skills you possess. This practice helps challenge the distorted thinking patterns associated with self-doubt.

Practice self-compassion.
Treat yourself with kindness and understanding. Acknowledge that self-doubt is a common experience and that everyone makes mistakes. Practice self-compassion by reminding yourself that it's okay to have doubts and that you deserve kindness and support, just like anyone else.

Seek support.
Reach out to trusted friends, family, or gain a new mentor or coach, who can provide encouragement and help challenge your negative beliefs. Sharing your feelings and experiences with others who can offer support and perspective can be immensely helpful in overcoming self-doubt.

Celebrate achievements.
Take time to acknowledge and celebrate your accomplishments, no matter how small they may seem. Recognise your efforts and give yourself credit for your successes. This helps to build confidence and counteract the feelings of being an impostor.

Remember that overcoming self-doubt and imposter syndrome is a process that takes time and effort. Practice these strategies consistently, and be patient with yourself. Cultivating self-compassion and challenging negative self-talk are vital steps toward developing self-confidence and embracing your worth and abilities.

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