4 ways to overcome self-doubt and stay creative
When I started my own business, there were many moments thatI would feel insecure and I would doubt whether I had made the right choice. This was more common when I was presented with an opportunity for which I felt I was not ready or I was going to take on a project that looked very difficult Self-doubthad theleading role in my thoughts, at that point.
Can I do it? What if I don’t make it? Will I be exposed?
In the coaching sessions, one of the big issues that we focus onwith my clients is; how to overcome the phase of self-doubt and move towards self-confidence and right decision-making.
Let'stake a look at 4 easy ways to overcome self-doubt.
1. Say“yes” when thinking about “no”
If you sometimes feel paralyzed by your fear, when a business opportunity or a new proposal arises, I suggest you shouldn’tturn it down at ease.If you immediately respond negatively, you let the fear win and deprive yourself of trying something new that can open up new horizons.
The most creative personalities face this situation quite oftenand this is part of their professional career.
If you are trying to do something creative, and the fear dominates your thoughts, start a conversation with yourself. You can say, for example, "I'm just trying to design something new; no one is going to get hurt". Chat with your fear, do not be against it. Then you can move on with what you were doing.
2. Find your passion
What do you love? What brightens up your day? When was the last time you allowed yourself to do what fills your soul with joy? When was the last time you let yourself go? Do you remember?
What used to make you happy? Writing? Dancing? Do you spend time with your children? Do you travel?
There are countless things to do. You can discover your passions by looking at your past or discover new ones and enrich your life.
Integrate your passion gradually into your everyday life. You will be surprised by the sense of self-control you have and the possibilities that emerge.
3. Change the way you perceive failure
Every time I hear in an interview: "What advice would you give to your 20-year-old self?", the answers are usually: "Be less strict with yourself, believe in you, you can do it".
It would be wise to repeat that same thought in every decade of our life.
According to researches, our brain has a natural tendency towards negativity. This is linked to the development of the human brain and the instinct of survival.
Based on the latest findings of neuroscience, we can overcome our brain's natural "negativity" and learn to deepen in the positive experiences - while minimizing the harmful physical and psychological effects of focusing on negativity.
As time passes by, our experiences literally remodel our minds and can change our nervous systems, for the better or the worst. Therefore, we can take advantage of this "plasticity" of the brain to cultivate and maintain positive emotions.
So, change your perspective on failure by seeing it as a new experience that will evolve and improve you.
4. Listen to others, but trust your intuition too
Sometimes it is tempting and easier to seek approval in others, but it is equally important to tune in with your instincts. Intuition is like an inner notification bell that rings and sometimes wemay ignore it.
Trust yourself. Everything you create expresses a part of your inner world, and that can be nothing but unique.
If you are creative and passionate about what you are doing but you are disappointed with where you are today, book a free session to turn your creative work into a viable and profitable business!