How To Overcome Self-Doubt

Your mind is lying to you...

One of the things I’ve battled with throughout my life has been self-doubt. I doubt that I’m good enough. I doubt people like me. And I doubt I make an impact on the world.

No one has told me any of those things. Yet my mind replays those thoughts on an almost daily basis.

You can overcome self-doubt

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Self-doubt mocks me. It tells me I’m never going to be anything. Some days, I believe it. Other days I battle back and overcome the self-doubt I face.

But what does it take to overcome self-doubt? Let’s take a look.

Keep reading to get your free download on how to implement the information discussed in this article. There’s a free Overcoming Self-Doubt Checklist at the end that will help you take the steps to become more confident.

Why Self-Doubt Is Crippling

As you already know, self-doubt cripples you. When you don’t believe in yourself, you have a hard time taking action.

Fear Cannot Win

Have you ever been scared? Really scared?

I remember growing up and having intense bouts of fear. One of those fears was the belief I was going to be left behind in the Rapture (the Biblical kind).

The fear crept in whenever I would return home and find the house empty. Mom, dad, sister, brother… Nowhere to be found.

Don't let fear win

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What was to be found was fear. Fear I wasn’t good enough. That I’d done something unforgivable. Or that I wasn’t a true believer.

Except the fear was unfounded. I hadn’t been left behind during the Rapture. The Rapture never happened and my family was just out and about on their daily business.

You ever have fear like that? It’s petrifying.

What Fear Does

For me, fear paralyzed me. It sent my mind racing and trying to figure out WHY I was left behind.

The Funny Thing About Confidence

I recently had a conversation with a coworker about confidence. We came to an ironic conclusion.

Everyone is portraying themselves as confident. They have what it takes to get the job done. They are the ones you need to call if you need something done.

Confidence is a funny thing

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But is this really the case? Are people really confident?

I don’t believe they are. I know I’m not. Yet I can come across as confident.

There’s this facade we all put up to protect ourselves from the outward gazes of those looking at us. The facade is hurting us.

I’m Not Confident, No Really… I’m Not

When I look at the daily changes I have to face in my career, in my home, with my friends, I begin to quake. I don’t know if I have what it takes to take care of my job, my home, my family, and my friends. But I put up a front.

Leadership Lessons And Quotes From War For The Planet Of The Apes

A Reel Leadership Article

In July 2014, I shared leadership lessons from Dawn of the Planet of the Apes. Today, I’m happy to bring you leadership lessons from War for the Planet of the Apes.

War for the Planet of the Apes is the last film in the new Planet of the Apes trilogy. And she leaves us with an epic leadership message.

Quotes and Leadership Lessons And Quotes From War For The Planet Of The Apes

Warning: Spoilers for War of the Planet of the Apes below.

Leadership Lessons And Quotes From War For The Planet Of The Apes

1. Great leaders connect the past with the present and future:

As War for the Planet of the Apes open, you are treated to text that shares what happened in Rise of the Planet of the Apes and Dawn of the Planet of the Apes. These brief synopsis of the previous Planet of the Ape movies helps viewers remember what came before. And then prepares them for what is next by giving an intro to War for the Planet of the Apes.

Stop Living In Fear

When fear rules your life

The last couple of years of my life has been filled with fear. It all started with our dog Zane.

He was a great boy but he had a mean streak to him. One that led to a lot of fear in our lives.

Fear will control you

Over the course of his short life, Zane would snap. By snapping, I mean he would turn on us and bite us. There were multiple times this happened over the years we owned him.

While we loved him, we also feared he would become violent. One day he did and that was the day we made the decision we would have to put him down.

Then, for the next 3 years, we lived with the fear we would lose our other dog Leviticus to old age. We lost Leviticus almost a year ago.

Those years were filled with fear.