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Saturday, December 3, 2011

"11 Ways to Murder Self-Doubt" by Travis Robertson

As many of you know, I have been engaged in the MBA application process and for me it has been a very humbling and introspective experience. Self-doubt has crept up on me several times, but in trying to shake it's cloak, I found this post to be helpful. I have re-posted portions of it here in the hopes that this message will sooth you, too. 

To read Travis's full article, please click HERE.

1. Get an outside perspective
When you’re stuck in a cycle of self-doubt, it can often help to have someone you can call on who knows you and who can uplift you.

2. Write out the doubts on paper get them out of your head
Self-doubt is a completely internal (mental) problem. Doubts have the most power inside the echo chamber that is your head where your inner critic can latch onto them and spiral you out of control.

3. Refute the doubts once you write them out
Self-doubts are lies you’re telling yourself that feel true. They’re not logical, constructive or helpful.

4. Create a bigger why
If you’re consistently paralyzed by self-doubt, it could be that you don’t have a reason that is stronger than the doubts themselves.

5. Use the doubt as a tool for change
Because self-doubt carries with it an element of the truth, you can use that to help you spot and resolve weaknesses.

6. Recognize that doubt is a feeling
Every feeling you have is the result of thoughts you have. You must learn to control and change your thoughts.

7. Surround yourself with positive people who will encourage you
If you have negative friends who don’t know how to lift you up and encourage you, drop them and find new friends.

8. Review your successes
Think back to other times you’ve doubted yourself but overcame it. How did it feel? What did you do differently? How much truth was there to the original doubt?

9. Celebrate your successes
Take time to celebrate your successes as they occur. Being able to channel those thoughts and emotions can give you incredible power to push through present-day doubts.

10. Get outside of yourself
Doubt is viciously inward-focused. Take the focus off of yourself and put it on someone else. Call up a friend to encourage them.

11. Pray
If you’re a person of faith, try talking to God about it and see if that doesn’t help put things in perspective.


For me numbers 1, 4, 7 and 11 are the most helpful. Which numbers resonate with you the most?
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