We all deal with self-doubt, anxiety, and fear but those feelings manifest in very different ways from person to person. While I show my anxieties in an energetic and talkative way, Rachel tends to be more reserved and introverted. That also means that we have very different way of dealing with self-doubt, which we discuss candidly in the episode below.
Here are a couple of the methods we highlight in Episode 2 of the Creative Business Breakdown for dealing with doubt related to making big decisions.
- Ask all of the the questions but also trust that you have the knowledge and experience to move through each situation or know where to find the answers/solutions.
- Build yourself up and let experience be your guide. You’ve handled big decisions and tasks in the past and are still moving forward. Celebrate your positive experiences and all of your successes. Talk to yourself kindly!
- Having a partner, trusted friends, mentor, colleague, or family member you can talk to is key! Find someone you can talk to, get advice from, and can be accountable with.
- Surround yourself with the people who will build you up, question you when it’s needed, challenge you, and keep you on track by supporting the goals and deadlines you set.
- Be honest with yourself and those around you. Talk to them about what you are dealing with and ask for what you need. Whether that is tough love or just a hug, know what will help you move forward and ask for the help!
- Just do it!! Rip off the bandaid and move forward with whatever decision you need to make or whatever task you need to do!
Looking for some other tips for dealing with day-to-day self-doubt or anxiety? Here are some additional ways we cope:
- Say something genuinely nice about yourself. Say it out loud and mean it!
- Put yourself in check by asking the logical questions (ex. what is the worst thing that could happen? Who are you really going to upset or let down?)
- Talk it out! That can be out loud with a friend or on paper by journaling
- Sleep on it. A good night’s rest is the solution to so many problems.
- Engage in self-care of some sort or exercise to work out any nervous energy and clear your mind.
- Put a deadline on whatever you might be putting off and make that deadline know by either posting on social media or telling an accountability partner.
- Ask yourself, “Am I experiencing fear or excitement”?
How do you deal with any self-doubt or fear you may experience? We’d love to hear from you and share your ideas on a future episode of the Creative Business Breakdown.
Until next time: find your people, go for that big goal, set a deadline, and just do it! We’ve got your back!