We all grapple with self-doubt every once in a while—even the ones who seem successful. A little self-doubt is only normal; in fact, it is healthy. It prevents a leader from crossing the thin line between self-confidence and narcissist. But successful people don’t let self-doubt derail them for what they have their eyes set on.

Allowing self-doubt to prevent you from achieving what you wish for is an act of self-sabotage. Here are 5 powerful tips on how you can constructively overcome self-doubt.

1) Stop

Be quick to respond when your inner bubble of doubt shows up. Don’t let it spin and grow out of control, from being a whisper to a stream of discouraging phrases. Instead, talk back to that doubtful version of you. In your mind, say no to your brain. Convince it not to go down that rabbit hole again. By doing so, you will disrupt the negative thought pattern and stop that inner self-doubter from taking over.

2) Show Yourself Some Compassion

If self-doubt is holding you back from leaping in your career or any other aspect of your life, it helps to keep in mind that you are only human. Which means you will make mistakes along the way that it is okay to do so. When we doubt our abilities, it is often because we leave no room for any errors. However, mistakes are essential and ensure that we learn and grow. We can work around self-doubt and fear of failure by mastering the art of being kind to ourselves, regardless of the outcome.

3) Focus On Yourself

When you start to care too much about what everyone else is thinking of you, you inhibit yourself. Instead, you would do nothing and not get judged than do something or take a risk and receive criticism. Worrying too much about what other’s opinions will hold you back from doing something potentially grand for yourself. If you are a dreamer and dream of a promising future, which you probably are, at a point, you will have to let go of what everyone else thinks and their opinions of you; otherwise, you will be stuck in that cycle of constant doubt.

4) Stop Seeking Validation

Seeking others’ inputs and advice is helpful. However, if you are used to asking others what they think before making any decision, you may be weakening your faith in yourself. For example, if you are working on a project, setting up a website, have a presentation, and you keep changing your idea based on what feedback you receive, you might end up losing your voice, and then the final product will be a diluted version of you. This is not to say that you shouldn’t take advice, but at some point, remember to make a decision that feels right to you.

5) Remember Your Achievements

Whenever you are scared to do something in school or work, remember your concrete achievements where something challenging turned out to be something great. A lot of success and achievements start with initial uncertainty and doubt. It helps to remind ourselves about the times when we thought we couldn’t, but things did end up working in our favor.

Self-doubt is only natural. It is part of being a human being. However, it is vital not to dwell on it for too long as it can be highly paralyzing if it gets too much.

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