As human beings, most of us are hard-wired to experience self-doubt from time to time. Factor in owning your own business and those times may be a little more frequent. But self-doubt is exhausting and frankly, not the most productive way to run a business. So how do you break the cycle of those negative thoughts?

Probably one of the most important things to remember is that you’re not alone. Just about every single successful person has experienced self-doubt. It’s not unique to you and knowing that others have experienced the same feelings and have been able to come out on top should remind you that you, too, can break through.

While you may share self-doubt with other people, it’s important that you do not compare yourself to others. Try not to let yourself compare your business with others in your industry. Worrying about how you stack up against your competitors can lead you to make unfair or unrealistic comparisons. Instead, network with other successful people, seek out a business coach, join (or start) a mastermind group. (We’ve got the space for you! Seek out others and learn how they overcame their doubts and challenges.

“If you continuously compete with others, you become bitter. If you continuously compete with yourself, you become better.” – Unknown

Take a look at your doubts and analyze whether they are realistic or not. And while you are doing that, take the time to acknowledge your accomplishments. You must have done a few things right to get to where you are!  Celebrate that! Take a look at how far you’ve come and remind yourself that you DO have what it takes.

Set specific goals and make decisions in a timely manner. Every choice you make will have consequences and they probably won’t all be positive. But if you keep plowing forward and being proactive you can fix those mistakes along the way. You need to believe in yourself, your industry and your company. By truly believing in those things you’ll find you are left with little room for self-doubt. And if you have to, you can even tape a note to your bathroom mirror to remind yourself that “Dude, you GOT this!”


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