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Do you ever doubt yourself?

Self-doubt is a common experience that many people face at some point in their lives. It can be particularly challenging when it becomes a pattern of thinking that affects your confidence and ability to pursue your goals.

Often we find ourselves holding an internal conversation where we're second-guessing ourselves, having negative thoughts about our abilities and achievements, or even surround ourselves with people who are overly critical. Also doubt can come from procrastination, indecision, or avoidance of tasks, where you may feel uncertain about your ability to complete them at all.

Here are some strategies that can help you avoid self-doubt:

  1. Challenge negative self-talk: Negative self-talk can fuel self-doubt. Instead of believing your inner critic, challenge those negative thoughts with positive affirmations or evidence to the contrary.

  2. Focus on your strengths: Recognise and acknowledge your strengths, skills, and accomplishments. When you focus on what you do well, you build confidence and self-esteem.

  3. Embrace mistakes and failures: No one is perfect, and everyone makes mistakes. Instead of beating yourself up over your mistakes, learn from them, and use them as opportunities for growth.

  4. Set realistic expectations: Set goals that are realistic and achievable. When you set yourself up for success, you're more likely to feel confident and avoid self-doubt.

  5. Surround yourself with positive people: Surround yourself with people who uplift and support you. Being around positive people can help you feel more confident and encouraged.

  6. Practice self-care: Taking care of yourself physically, mentally, and emotionally is crucial to building self-confidence. Make sure to prioritise self-care activities like exercise, meditation, and spending time with loved ones.

Remember, it's natural to experience self-doubt, but you can overcome it with practice and self-awareness.

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