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Conquering Self-Doubt

Want to learn how to conquer self-doubt?

You have to get to know entrepreneur Lewis Howes if you don’t yet.

He’s a New York Times best-selling author of a couple of books, The School of Greatness and The Mask of Masculinity, as well as the host of The School Greatness podcast series.

All of us struggle at some point in our lives with self-doubt.

When you have goals, visions, plans or dreams, you’re in a moment of inspiration where you say, “This is what I want to do,” but then what follows is doubt: “I can’t because I’m not old enough. I’m not young enough. I don’t know enough people. I’m not smart enough. I don’t have enough money.”

We all deal with self-doubt.

I’ve have always been inspired by Lewis’ ability to conquer self-doubt.

He destroys it.

Whether it’s being a professional athlete, becoming an entrepreneur or hosting one of the biggest podcasts in the world, how does Lewis handle self-doubt?

Lewis takes action, and also uses the fear of not doing something and regretting it as a big motivator to overcome self-doubt.

If he takes action on something and it’s not working, he looks for insights, information and mentorship to teach him how to do it.

Think about how you’ll feel if you don’t take action: It’s like eating poorly and then not feeling good.

It’s like procrastinating on purpose, but you need to do the thing you’re excited about, the thing you’re a little afraid of doing.

If you fail, you’ve at least gotten yourself to start.

Start by taking action and getting the information you need from videos, books, courses, mentors or coaches to help accelerate the skill sets you need to achieve your goals.

Take the action. Then, you get instant feedback on whether it worked.

If you fail, you can get the information to improve your process.

If your start seeing a little bit of success, you gain some confidence.

By taking action and building habits, you’ll gain more confidence.

If you even make your bed every morning for a week, you’ll build discipline and gain competence.

A small act every day for seven days will increase your ability to overcome self-doubt just because you made a commitment to do something small for seven days and then did it.

You could even commit to doing 10 pushups a day for seven days.

You could train for a marathon.

Starting small builds momentum and that builds confidence.

It helps overcome self-doubt on everything, just because you made your bed every day.

When you start following through on small things, you get committed to what you’re doing and you see results.

You’re aligning your words with your actions.

If you’re not feeling powerful, make an intention: “I’m going to make my bed every day for seven days. I’m going to do 10 pushups a day for seven days.”

You’ll start eliminating self-doubt from your relationship or your business just because you made your bed daily.

You’re powerful because you did what you said.

You’re getting very powerful and you’ll have more and more confident moments.

So if you doing this feels like too much, think back to when you were a kid.

You learned to walk.

You learned to finish school.

You learned to do 10 pushups.

That means you’re capable of learning how to do the next great thing.

You’re capable of starting the process.

Even if you fail, you can work through the process.

It’s like procrastinate on purpose.

When you take a small action, it builds confidence, which is the opposite of self-doubt.

Then, you become bolder in your goals because your integrity is stronger.

You feel more powerful, you have more momentum, and then you’re suddenly at the next big thing.

That’s why setting goals and building habits are extremely important because those stack competence.

When you don’t have consistent habits in your life, your health, your relationships, your business or whatever it is, you’re not going to see any growth anywhere.

When you’re inconsistent, you feel self-doubt: “I don’t think I can do it because I haven’t done anything in my life. I don’t think I can launch a business because I haven’t even been able to do 10 pushups a day.”

You’ve got to follow through.

Do it for a week, and then another week, and then you hit one month of consistency.

That consistency builds confidence and belief in yourself.

That belief makes you beautiful.

Finally, here’s one more thing about Lewis – he hangs out with celebrities and interviews them on The School of Greatness podcast series.

You can listen to some of the most famous people in the world talk about how they overcame self-doubt, as well as build confidence and momentum.

They started small and became huge.

This amazing podcast series gives us access to people we wouldn’t normally be able to access.

You can do the same.


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