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Doubt Kills More Dreams Than Failure

Updated: Sep 28, 2022

When doubt creeps in and takes hold of your progress and thinking, it's game over!

Failure, on the other hand, is part of the learning process. Failure is sometimes the outcome of trying, but it doesn't mean it's the end. Instead, it means the beginning of tying again.

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Doubt Kills More Dreams Than Failure Ever Will

What is self-doubt?

Self-doubt is when we question our abilities, talents, intelligence, etc. It is also known as negative thinking. We all experience self-doubt at one time or another. However, if we allow ourselves to dwell on these thoughts, they can become debilitating.

Self-doubt is purely a lack of confidence regarding your ability.

It's a mindset that holds you back from succeeding and believing in yourself.

Humility is a healthy character trait, but if it's at your own expense, it's no longer beneficial.

So what can you do when you begin doubting yourself?

1) Tough-Love

Yes! Sometimes you need to give yourself some tough love!

It can be a good motivation technique to get over the reason for the doubt, to work harder next time, and to keep moving forward.

Sometimes doubt can fade once you've taken that crucial first step.

However, be careful with this technique, as being over harsh on yourself or pushing yourself too hard can be even more awful!

2) Reflect On Past Successes

Self-reflection is an excellent tool.

It reminds us that we're capable of achieving anything.

Focus on using the lessons you've learned and the success you've had to face the current situation.

You've overcome adversity before and you can do it again!

3) Seek Support

You're not alone, and I can guarantee that someone has been in your position before and has tips to share on how they've got through it.

Reach out to people, create a community around you or find yourself a life coach or mentor.

BONUS TIP - Question Yourself

Being sceptical about your thoughts is a great mindset tool.

Asking questions such as:

  • Why am I thinking/feeling like this?

  • What's caused it?

  • How do I get over it?

It can help you get to the deeper cause and can help you find a solution.

Next time you doubt yourself, try these four techniques to help you get through it and progress towards your goals.


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Thanks for reading,

Until next time.

Jack Willoughby

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