Don’t let fear and self-doubt hold you back, live the life you’ve always dreamed of
“Can I finally make it on my own?” “Can I still start over?” “Am I making the right choice?” These questions often plague our thoughts before making a big decision that could change our lives for the better. And while the answers are sometimes too obvious (yes, yes, and yes!), it’s perfectly normal—and human—to hesitate a little, overthink, or second guess yourself.
Just remember that it is in these moments when you’re close to backing down that you should be braver, bolder, and smarter. Take that leap of faith and do it! Whether it’s fulfilling a lifelong passion, raising a family, building financial security, or achieving independence, there’s no shame in wanting to be better, to dream bigger, to start over.
What’s important is that you finally take that first step that will bring you closer to where you really want to be. No matter your dreams, goals, and exciting new destinations, here are 4 powerful ways to overcome self-doubt and live the life you always wanted.
Don’t be afraid of fear. Understand the roles fear and self-doubt play in your life. They’re often there to protect you from making any rash judgment. However, while questions like “I’m afraid I’m going to fail.” “What if they laugh at me?” “What if I don’t have what it takes?” may pop up in your thoughts sometimes that doesn’t mean you have to listen to them. Consider the root of your fears and doubts and decide whether they’re valid or not. Remember, you control your life, not them.
Think about the worst-case scenario. Fear and self-doubt can distract you from thinking beyond the next step, which cuts you off from seeing the bigger picture. When you envision yourself dealing with the potential difficulties and challenges that come after a life-changing or career-defining decision, it’s easier to remove the “mystery of fear” that makes a particular decision scary. Once you’re able to identify the possible setbacks, you can plan so that you’re better prepared and equipped to address them.
Find your tribe. If you have your eyes set on higher horizons, you need a support group or a community to help you take flight. Surround yourself with like-minded dreamers and doers who can push you and inspire you on your journey. They can be family, friends, colleagues, and mentors who can lift you up as well as keep you grounded.
Be brave. Whittle away your self-doubt by starting with the small decisions. And with every opportunity that you choose hope and action over fear, you’ll find your self-confidence start to bloom. And once you make it a habit—choosing your happiness over distress—you’ll soon find your power and feel unstoppable.
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