Self doubt and lack of confidence can seriously hamper an individual’s happiness and enjoyment of life. It is not uncommon for people to feel as though they can’t go for opportunities that arise, nor take risks and do what they really want to do, because they don’t think that they are good enough.
It is normal to question ourselves occasionally and to sometimes feel a little out of our depth. This can actually be a positive thing, because it can encourage us to develop a certain skill set for example. We may also question our self worth or direction at critical life junctures – such as puberty, when entering parenthood, starting or ending a relationship.
The problem is with constant, irrational worry. Endless concern about failing is enough to make many people not ever try. Sadly, the fear that things might not go to plan can be more debilitating than the reality ever could be. We may not know the meaning of life, but I feel quite sure that it isn’t to hide in the shadows in case somebody laughs at us.
“Our doubts are traitors, and make us lose the good we oft might win, by fearing to attempt.” ~ William Shakespeare
Therefore it is vital that we nip the cycle of self doubt in the bud, and take the time to nurture strong self confidence. Self confidence can be broken down into two elements, self efficacy (where we feel pride in achieving something through our own hard work and determination) and self esteem (where we trust in our own ability to handle something).
The Good Human has identified steps that can be taken to do just this, they can be easily incorporated into everyday rituals and will support all aspects of our lives.
This one may sound cliched, and too obvious. But it is simple and effective and is one that can not be missed. If you spend all of your time worrying about the negatives then that is what you will notice, that is what will crop up in your reality time and again.
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