10 Steps to Banish Self-Doubt

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Dr Lisa Turner

World renowned visionary, author, high-performance mindset trainer for coaches to elevate skills, empower clients to achieve their maximum potential

Are negative inner voices derailing your confidence? It’s time to take back control and transform self-doubt into strength!

Self-doubt can be crippling and debilitating. It can stop us from achieving the kind of success and happiness we desire and deserve in our lives. 

Self-doubt is really the effect of much deeper underlying causes. To banish self-doubt permanently, we need to address these causes.  

The causes of self-doubt can include low self-confidence, low self-esteem, underlying limiting beliefs, and even traumatic events from the past. 

When we try to do something, we can either fail or fail to yet succeed. When someone chooses to believe the first, they can interpret this to mean THEY are a failure. Whereas others might interpret this as part of a journey of learning.  

We can know cognitively that we are capable of something, yet still not fully believe it at an embodied level.  

Here are some simple ways to banish self-doubt. 

Cultivate a growth mindset: Instead of seeing challenges as a threat to your abilities, view them as opportunities to learn and grow. 

Try new experiences: Stepping out of your comfort zone and trying new things can boost your confidence and help to overcome self-doubt. 

Embrace humor: Laughing and finding humor in situations can help to put things in perspective and reduce feelings of self-doubt. 

Keep things in perspective when events don’t turn out the way you want. Say something like, “Will I even remember this in a year’s time?” Most failures are merely setbacks. Be aware that you actually have to change your perspective to feel better.

Start a “success file” to acknowledge your accomplishments: Keep a record of your successes and take time to acknowledge your achievements. Look at this before any big event.  

Develop resilience: Build your resilience by challenging yourself and learning to cope with adversity. The more you challenge yourself, the more you grow. Most people shy away from challenges; instead, lean into them and learn. 

Set achievable goals: Accomplishing goals, no matter how small, can boost your confidence and reduce self-doubt. 

Embrace failure: Failure is a natural part of growth and learning, so try to view it as an opportunity. 

Stop using affirmations. They don’t work. We can consciously know we have the skills and abilities to achieve something, yet unconsciously still doubt ourselves. Affirmations do not touch the underlying cause and can make us feel worse, as they just remind us of our failures.   

Seek professional help: If self-doubt is affecting your daily life, find the underlying cause or limiting belief.

A process like Conscious Emotional Transformation clears the causes of self-doubt in a matter of hours. With CET you only need to clear it once and it is permanently gone.  

Dr Lisa Turner



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