How to overcome self doubt when starting a new business?

Thursday, May 20th, 2021

We all hear that voice in our head saying that we are not good enough, that we have nothing to teach or don’t have what it takes, that there are already so many talented people doing it, that it will never work, that we don’t have anything new to bring to the world… Does this sound familiar to you? 

We all experience doubt in life. It comes from a lack of confidence, in ourselves and in the things we want to do. Uncertainty, fear of failure are our biggest enemies when it comes to starting a new journey, whether it is personal or professional. Unfortunately, this is not something we can get rid of… but we can learn to live with it, and do it anyway!

Here are a few tips to guide you through this journey.

1. Failure isn’t a bad thing.

Understand that failure can be part of a journey. Learn from it instead of giving up. Use failure to grow and do better next time.

2. Stop making excuses

Your brain will come up with lots of reasons not to do it. But know that there’s a big difference between these excuses and reality.

3. Be aware of your close circle.

Their words will be like little whispers, like this song stuck in your head. Make sure those words come from people who mean well and will support you.

4. Be aware of yourself, your mind, your body

Your mind and body will always let you know when you are not in line with yourself, so please listen to them. What triggers your self doubt? Are you really lacking skills in that area? If yes, can you get better at it? Or can you outsource it to someone else?

5. Stop asking for validation

People’s opinions might not be what you want to hear, but deep down, you know it’s worth a shot? Then go for it! Take your responsibility and take a stand. Trust your values and trust your gut. 

6. Self compassion

If you fail, what path are you taking? Will you choose to be consumed by it? Or will you step back and see the bigger picture? You don’t have to be perfect or to succeed in everything you do. Just try and stay true to yourself, your values and your needs.

7. Start doing

Don’t wait until you feel more confident or until everything is perfect before you take the leap. You know what’s going to happen if you do : you will never start. The best way to overcome self doubt is to take actions. Small, messy actions… it doesn’t matter as long as you are moving forward, step by step.

8. Don’t forget you are unique

You are the only person in this world who thinks, feels, sees this way. You bring a unique touch to everything you do. Always remember this and believe in yourself.

Keep your thoughts at bay, surround yourself with a community, a coach, that will keep you accountable and inspire you to take the leap and show up every day!

These few tips should help you embrace self-doubt and do it anyway! If you want to hear more about our tips to overcome self doubt, feel free to listen to our podcast.

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