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Understanding Self-doubt

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Self-doubt is a barrier that stops you from realizing your full potential. You have all experienced self-doubt at some point in your life. That voice that’s inside your head saying that you can’t do something, that you’ll fail or end up humiliated if you try. 

Self-doubt occurs when you lack confidence or feel incapable of doing things you need to do.

That same voice in your head reminds you of all the times you have failed, just to prove that point. Self-doubt makes you compare yourself to others and holds you back. 

Therefore having unhealthy self-doubt contributes to emotional suffering. It is an internal threat to your self-esteem or self-worth, one that raises the intense desire to disown it. Self-doubt can be profoundly threatening to your self-view–how you like to appear to others, as well as how you wish to appear to others.

The voice inside your head warns you that people will be judging all your actions and feelings. You put yourselves down because of self-doubt. It develops throughout your lifetime due to core beliefs such as not being good enough and deep unworthiness. 

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It is not just you; all of us can suffer because of self-doubt. 

You think adding many layers of protection with clothes, money, relationships, jobs, power, and knowledge will help you improve yourselves. But no matter what you add on, it doesn’t work because it is built on a shaky foundation. But don’t worry because we’re going to give you some tips to help you with self-doubt. 

Firstly you need to be aware of the self-doubt program running in your subconscious because you can’t change what you can’t see. Observe it carefully and build the capacity to witness the self-doubtful voice inside you without being judgmental. It helps if you learn to be curious because it is quite interesting to discover what’s going on inside your head.

Then start becoming aware of this self-doubt in your daily life. Whenever you are triggered by someone or something, you’ll feel the tension in your heart or stomach. At this time, you need to focus on your breathing, inhale to stay open, and exhale to release this energy. 

Remember that this is the stored energy from your past that has been reactivated. Let it flow and release, or else it will affect your present moment decision making. You store the energy of shame-filled moments from the past. These energies get reactivated if you don’t have the knowledge and practices to clear and transcend them. So focus on your breathing until the tension goes away. 

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Make sure you make decisions when you are calm and collected in the present moment. Ensure that you aren’t reacting to feelings and emotions from your past experiences. Although these methods seem simple, they are not very easy. It takes a lot of practice, so it is better to establish a regular practice. 

Use any practice that helps you gain self-awareness and let go of everything that holds you back. Meditation is a very helpful practice in your personal evolutionary journey.

Self-doubt also stems from a lack of self-esteem.

Causes of low self-esteem may include unhappy childhood where people were extremely critical. Poor academic performance in school can also result in a lack of confidence and ongoing stressful life events such as financial trouble or relationship breakdowns.

People with healthy self-esteem don’t let these feelings stop them from trying new things or taking on challenges. Therefore set yourself a goal, such as joining an exercise class or a walking group. Achieving your goals will help to increase your self-esteem.

Here’s why you should not doubt yourself.

Self-doubt brings fear, fear of failure, fear of the dark, fear of being out of control, and fear of not being good enough. Sometimes you may fear sharing your feeling or thoughts in case you appear wrong or stupid. Doubt brings mistrust, which may seem real, although it may have no real substance.

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Believe in your potential, and always remember that the only limitations are those you set upon yourself. 

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