How To Turn Self-Doubt Into Success

How To Turn Self-Doubt Into Success, Self-confidence

A couple of weeks ago, I revealed that I had been dealing with a crippling sense of self-doubt. It slowly suffocated my creativity until all that remained were questions about the direction of this blog and the quality of my writing. It paralyzed me. For a minute. Then, in the midst of my creative crisis, I realized that self-doubt doesn’t have to be a negative force in my life. It can be the fuel that propels me forward toward greatness or at least self-improvement.

Self-doubt plagues all of us at some point in our lives: the moment before a big exam; the moment you realize you are now a parent responsible for raising a tiny human; the moment before you hit publish on your latest blog post; or the moment you realize you are so far out of your comfort zone.  These are the moments when our fear of failure fills us with questions about our worth and ability. But this is also when fear and doubt can become our greatest tool for success.

So today I created a list of ways that we can turn our self-doubt into success:

5 Steps to Turn Self-Doubt Into Success

1. Take a Break

When doubt and insecurity seem to be overpowering your self-confidence it’s time to take a break. Put down your laptop. Set your project or work aside. Take a deep breath and slowly walk away. Go enjoy some quality napping. Binge watch that series on Netflix that you’ve been hearing about. Or indulge in some deep belly laughs with your favorite people. Sometimes a break is all you need to get out of your own head and out of your own way.

2. Make a List of Your Strengths

Once you’ve found your way back to a better center of emotion through all that side-splitting laughter, you can begin to work towards self-confidence. Create a list of all your strengths and accomplishments. By recalling everything you have achieved so far, you will also be reminding yourself that you are capable of brilliant things. You are worthy of success. And you already possess the ability to achieve your goals.

3. Re-evaluate

Now that you have been reminded of your brilliance, it’s time to re-evaluate your current goals or project. For me, it was my writing and this blog. For you, it may be that job promotion or entrepreneurship. Either way, your self-doubt has given you the opportunity to re-evaluate your position and goals. You have considered your strengths. Now it’s time to consider your desires, as well as your weaknesses. What do you want out of this project or goal? How can you get it? And what can you do improve the quality of your work or craft?

By harnessing your self-doubt during this step, you have the ability to continue to push yourself to the next level. Whereas those with complete confidence often fail to realize that there is always room for improvement.

4. Practice Your Craft

This one may seem like common sense, but there are many people out there who fail to realize that true improvement comes with practice. Take some classes to hone your craft or expand your know how. Read a book to learn how to improve your craft. Research how others became successful. And take time to practice. If you’re a writer, write daily. If you’re a public speaker, rehearse your speeches in front of a camera. If you’re a businessman/woman, become an expert in your field. The important thing is to practice and continue learning.

5. Dive In

Last, but not least, it’s time to dive in! You know you’re amazing. You’re willing to work hard. You are worth it. And your dreams are worth it, so now it’s time to go out and get it!

Good luck to all the dreamers out there!

Have you experienced self-doubt? How did you overcome it?

  • Nina @ Flowers in my Hair

    great list. so true.

    • Eternally WanderLyn

      Thanks! I appreciate it. :)

  • Nic

    I can relate to this hon. Great advice

    • Eternally WanderLyn

      Thanks, Nic! I hope that this advice helps. :) You’re awesome just the way you are, and so is your blog.

      • Nic

        Awwww thank you I won’t change a thing :) xx

  • Alyson @ Starting Over at the Dirty 30

    What a great list and so true! I needed a break from blogging so I took the month of July off and it really helped re-motivate me. I was feeling so uninspired before the break so it was perfect. I am now back and again feeling confident in what I am sharing. Good for you for not letting your self-doubt get the best of you! You are obviously a very strong and wise woman to not allow it to:)


    • Eternally WanderLyn

      That’s awesome! I’m so glad that you recaptured your zest for blogging. It can be hard to stay inspired sometimes, but a break can make all the difference. And thanks for the compliments. :)

  • Jamie | North of Something

    Great advice! Thanks for sharing. I’m glad you found the positives!

    • Eternally WanderLyn

      Thanks! I appreciate it. :)

  • Brittany

    Great insight! My favorites are 1 and 2. It took me a long time to realize that sometimes the best thing you can do for yourself is to take a break. Usually when you want to the least. I know your list probably wasn’t done sequentially, but I think it’s a great idea to follow that with making a list of your strengths. It helps bring you back to the task at hand but lets you remember everything that is awesome about YOU! :)

  • Jessa

    I love this post. I couldn’t agree more that we all suffer but it’s how we rebound from it. I often write in my journal, and that makes me feel so much better.