7 Self-Help Strategies for Overcoming Self-Doubt

From time to time, we all experience self-doubt. This is more common if we have suffered from depression, anxiety or domestic violence. It also happens to the most confident amongst us.  Self-doubt is something that we can’t totally eradicate. We will face it time to time, so we need to learn a healthy way to deal with it.

Self-doubt is a feeling of uncertainty about our ability to accomplish something. The uncertainty can limit our potential to succeed and accomplish things. It leads to undue hesitation and lack of confidence, which can become a self-fulfilling prophecy. It is something that must be recognised and dealt with in order to create a successful life.

Here are 7 proven strategies for dealing with and overcoming self-doubt:

1) Recognise and acknowledge your doubt

In overcoming self-doubt, you must recognise and acknowledge that you are affected by doubt from time to time. Get clear on what you must deal with as well as determining the magnitude of the self-doubt. By ignoring self-doubt, we lead ourselves in to further self-destruction.

2) Analyse your doubt

Analyse your doubts to figure out what triggers them. This will help narrow down the areas that you need to concentrate on to help Grow your self-belief. When analysing, focus on being truthful to yourself. Consider asking for feedback from those in your life who you trust.

3) Identify the source

It may be helpful to know where the doubt originates from (but this isn’t essential). Either way, do deal with that particular area sensitively and with understanding. You can also see if you have a regular pattern of self-doubt in the particular area and whether it stems from childhood or not. (It usually does!)

4) Design a plan

Make a realistic plan on how you could overcome self-doubt. Do you wish for help from family? Do you wish to see a professional? Or do you feel that you can tackle the issue yourself? Or a combination. Being honest and logical with the decision will help. Sometimes asking for help may be the best thing to do if you have people in your life who can help you.

5) Recognise realistic obstacles

Once you have devised a plan, you need to identify if there are any obstacle that are getting  in the way of your journey. Some people may trigger specific feelings that are difficult to deal with. You can either stay away from them or seek to overcome the issue that arise around them  The latter is a good choice as we continue to attract the “same people” in different forms until we learn to deal with the specific issue that generates these feelings.

6) Take action

Be assertive in your decision to make the healthy changes and be strong enough to see them through.

7) Monitor  progress

From time to time it’s good to monitor progress. This helps recognise where problems still lie and where improvements have been made.

There is no one way of overcoming self-doubt. Recognising the problem and planning to deal with the situation is an encouraging first step needed to derive the plan forward.

Reaching small goals are a great way to celebrate and award yourself with rewards. Remember to keep in mind you’re worth it, and transcend the negativity and self-doubt to reach the targets you set.

Nila Sabar

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These suggestions have a track record of working for people in this situation. We recommend that you try these tips and see which ones are suitable for you. You may find that other approaches work for you too. Depending on your circumstances, a consultation with your GP may be advised.


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  1. have read all your articles and they are all great. congratulations for hard work on this website.

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