Don’t Confuse Self Doubt with Self Esteem
You may know for sure that you have the knowledge and experience to succeed, but there still may be nagging doubts that you can’t or won’t be successful. These doubts can be confused with low self esteem, but they’re very different in how they factor in to results.
When you have high self esteem, you feel good about yourself. You may be physically fit, very intelligent or are known for being a hard worker who gets the job done. Self doubt may creep in when you’re faced with something new or different such as an online marketing business.
Even those who have been in the business long enough to have gathered a reputation of success can have doubts about their abilities to bring their businesses to the next level of success.
There’s always something new to learn and you have to be ready and willing to put the time and effort behind your ideas. Self esteem comes from positive self-talk that brands you as a person you can believe in to achieve the outcome you want.
Stop focusing on your failures.
Self doubt can crush all of that by focusing on past failures, comparing yourself to others and giving in to fear. One way to fight self doubt and let your self esteem take over is to take action.
Inaction breeds doubt and fear. Action breeds confidence and courage. If you want to conquer fear, do not sit home and think about it. Go out and get busy. – Dale Carnegie
That’s the only way you’ll ever gain the experience you need to reach the business goals you’ve set for yourself. You’ll gain confidence as you progress through the smaller goals to reach the larger ones and this will boost your self esteem and push the self doubt into the background.
Know the things you’re good at.
Self esteem is knowing your capabilities and self doubt only sets up obstacles for you to overcome to reach your goals. A little bit of both (self doubt and self esteem) is natural and can be good for you if viewed in the right way.
Your self esteem can push aside self doubt when it threatens to paralyze you and ruin your plans for the future. After all, you’ve succeeded with many things in the past and can do it again.
Celebrate your past successes.
Reach back into your mind and remember the successes you’ve had in the past. If you’re starting something new, you may have to remember successes in other areas of your life, but as you overcome the self doubts associated with your new venture, you’ll be able to feel good about yourself in that area, too.
Your self esteem will carry you far in life. The self doubt you may feel when starting a new project can be put to rest by taking action and gaining valuable experience that silences any questions about what you’re capable of.