At some point after finding your calling, you make a statement to yourself, “I’m good at this, I enjoy this, and I want to pursue this.” This statement is too often forgotten as your attention is divided into many thoughts and distractions. That great feeling of confidence begins to wain as the pressure of multiple tasks sets in, leaving room for a storm of feelings. Shortly after entering this critical state, a big, scary emotion rears its head. That destructive emotion is self doubt.
Self doubt can be set off by a single word or incident, intentional or unintentional, and is fueled by your own inner voice. This powerful emotion can create a rut in your creativeness and responsiveness as a professional, which can lead to miscommunication, poor performance, and disappointment that continues the downward spiral evermore.
Overcoming this ugly emotion is a true test of your self commitment and determination.
Understanding the Moment of Self Doubt
At what point in your pursuit did you become discouraged? When did you tell yourself, “I can’t.” Think through how you reached this low point.
What you will find is that your emotions change during the period where your focus shifts, creating the feeling of stress. This period of transition is vulnerable to outside voices and influences. These factors can put a positive or negative spin to the stress depending on your perception.
Your confidence in your abilities ultimately affects the outcome of your perception. Self doubt will find its way in to your emotions when confidence is low. Only your determination to overcome will get you beyond doubt.
Using Stress to Build Self Confidence
Being able to recognize this stress period and increase your awareness of it will allow you to control stress to your benefit, but only if you believe in yourself. What is paramount to understand is that this stress is self-induced and self-inflicted, it is all within your control. It was your choice to accept the stress created by your tasks. You put yourself in this position to gain, not to lose.
When you control the stress, you can use it as a motivational tool. Use it to achieve a personal or professional goal.
Return To Your Enthusiasm
When declining sentiment for your own talents sets in, the hole it creates in your self confidence can feel insurmountable. This is the best time to distract yourself from self doubt by recalling your times of success and accomplishment.
Think of the past, when the odds were not in your favor, but you were able to pull off that win. Think of how you were the underdog that overcame. Think of when you were the triumphant leader held on high. Most of all, remember how your previous self doubt was overcome and how your determination lead you to success.
Daydreaming of past successes can be your own inner encouragement for accomplishing new feats of strength. This is a practice that can rally the positive feelings to fuel your confidence and overcome new obstacles.
Preparing Your Confidence
Be certain that your stress will return, but instead of resenting the stress, learn to use it. Confidence is the most important tool a professional can wield. Your self confidence will lead you to reaching higher, especially when you reach beyond what you may currently feel you are capable of achieving.
Your accomplishments from yesterday and today will fuel your accomplishments tomorrow.