In the words of William Shakespeare: “Our doubts are traitors, and make us lose the good we oft might win, by fearing to attempt.”

And he was right!  Those terrible mind monkeys that creep up now and again can be extremely destructive, especially when you are running your own business.  They cause you to doubt yourself, your ability to run a successful business and the products or services you offer.  You may compare yourself to others and think that what they are doing is far better. This isn’t the case and you need to say ‘Stop! Enough is enough’.

Here are 9 quick fire tips to help you overcome self-doubt and shine.

1. Look at the successes you have already achieved

Grab a blank piece of paper and write down all the things that you have already achieved to date. You will be amazed at how much you write down.  Once you’ve completed this task put the sheet of paper somewhere visible, so you are constantly reminding yourself of what you are capable of when self-doubt tries to creep back in.

2. Ask clients for feedback 

Now this may sound scary at first because you don’t know what they are going to say.  Trust me, you will be amazed at the great feedback you receive.  Do encourage clients to give constructive feedback as well.  This is important to make sure that you are meeting your client’s needs and, if you are not doing so, this constructive feedback identifies those holes and you can start working on improving those areas.  Don’t waste hours worrying about things that may not even be an issue.

3. Keep an Empowerment Diary

Looking at your past successes is a great start and to keep that momentum going. Purchase a diary or journal and make a note of everything you do well. Also make a note of hurdles you come across and how you deal with them effectively.  This will help arm you with the necessary knowledge and give you the confidence to deal with a similar issues, should they arise, in the future.

4. Find a new perspective

Sometimes you are just too close to your business to see how well you are doing. You need to stand back and look at your business from different perspectives. If you have difficulty doing this a business coach can help. To find out more contact us.

5. Re-visit your business plan and business goals

Self-doubt quite often arises when you are unsure what you are striving for and therefore, you have nothing to measure your success against. Making sure you have effective performance goals set for your business, and regularly revisiting your business plan, enables you to see that you are on track to achieve your goals will keep self-doubt at bay.

6. Get support

Owning a business can be lonely and getting support from a business coach can be invaluable to help remove self-doubt and keep you motivated when it matters most. At Delphinium Business Coaching, we specialise in working with business owners to help them identify exactly what it is that they want to achieve and put effective plans in place to ensure they achieve their goals within the time required.

7. Take a break

How often have you sat worrying about something for hours, yet when you come away from it for a short time you gain a whole new perspective, see the ‘problem’ from a different angle or even realise that it wasn’t such a ‘problem’ after all? When those mind monkeys are chattering away and you feel yourself going into a spiral of negativity, stop and take a break. Disrupting your thought pattern in this way can prevent the self-doubt from taking over.  Do something relaxing and fun then come back to the ‘problem’ and it will have changed for you.

8. Learn something new

If self-doubt keeps creeping in because you don’t feel that you are adequately trained in a particular area or you are concerned that things may have changed and you are not up to date, invest in some training.

9. Setbacks are only temporary

You may make an error, which we all do as we are human after all!  You may receive some negative feedback or you may not accomplish something that you wanted to.  No matter the setback, do not let it define you!  They are only ever temporary so pick yourself up, dust yourself off, look at what you can learn from your experience and get back on that horse.

Remember that if you don’t feel great, and confident about your business and yourself, it will show to the people around you.  It isn’t just the words that communicate our message but our body language, attitude and tone of voice too.  If people see this self-doubt in you, it can cause them to doubt you and your business.  Don’t create a self fulfiling prophecy.

If you would like to seek further support to eradicate self-doubt call us on 07872040309 to arrange your free initial consultation.

Gemma Rolstone

Gemma Rolstone

Helping good managers to become great leaders