Self-Doubt – Eliminate It

Recently, I discovered I sometimes ‘second guess’ my perception, intuitiveness; also known as doubting oneself. Yikes!! Upon discovering this, I immediately did a ‘no judgment’ reflection and observation for a week. These moments of doubting myself run the gamut of inconsequential – turning the wrong direction while driving when I first thought to turn left, but, doubted myself and turned right to doubting my intuition on an important decision. Thus, I give the benefit of the doubt to someone or something. How ironic is that? I am quick to give someone or something the benefit of the doubt while doubting myself. Oh, the webs we weave.

Doubt is like little worms that work their way into one’s mind. One either entertains one’s doubts and fears until they become the predominant force in one’s life, or one sends them away. You can overcome your doubts by turning your attention to Trust and Faith in your Self, i.e. your Wisdom.

William Shakespeare wrote, “Our doubts are traitors and make us lose the good we oft might win by fearing to attempt.”

The following steps will assist you in eliminating self-doubt.

• Keep a ‘no judgment’ reflection and observation journal for a week to ten days. Notice and think about the circumstances that prompt you to engage in or resort to self-doubt. Notice too, when you doubted yourself and came through with great success. Knowledge and recognition of your successes can be a template for what you can achieve in the future.

• Write self-doubting thoughts in the left column – Opposite in the right column write facts that refute the doubtful thought. Continue to add to this list as you continue the ‘no judgment’ reflection and observation.

• Practice focusing on Trust and Faith, thus, starving your fears while feeding your Trust and Faith. Trust and Faith are two of the twenty-one sub laws, which are human characteristics that relate to the Universal Laws.

•Practice trusting your intuition. Test your intuition on small inconsequential things until you trust that your intuitiveness is right-on more often than not.

• Practice being your own best cheerleader. Ask a family member or friend to join you as your cheerleading team.

• Celebrate your incremental successes. Avoid waiting until the entire project or task is completed. Celebrate each step it takes to reach your goal. When something which you usually doubted yourself on; turns out better than you expected, take a moment and reward yourself for the positive outcome you created. Of if you held yourself strong in Trust and Faith in yourself. Give yourself a pat on the back, a high five, a thumb’s up, a Waahoo way to go!! Take the time to cement positive emotions in your mind. Like Pavlov’s experiment proved; people are more apt to repeat behaviors that are rewarded and those behaviors that are ignored (no judgment for self-doubt) are quickly extinguished.

Go forth now with Trust and Faith that all will work out for your good, knowing that it is the Universe that is calling you forward and urging you to be and do all that you desire. Enjoy and savor the journey.

Dorothy M. Neddermeyer, PhD, Metaphysician – Certified Hypnosis Practitioner, Author and Speaker. Dr. Dorothy facilitates clearing blocks, fears and limiting beliefs. You can live the life you desire. She brings awareness to concepts not typically obvious to one’s thoughts and feelings.