You can get control of limiting thoughts
Procrastination is one of the many weeds that can grow in the garden of self-doubt. And just as a garden can become overgrown with weeds that choke out the life of other plants, your business progress can come to a halt if you let self-doubt take root in your mind.
You can become your own worst enemy when you let the negative musings of self-doubt ruin your creativity and your ability to take action on an idea or goal you’ve set for yourself.
When your own self-doubt begins to shout you down and out from creativity and progress, it’s time to shut it up so you can get back to work. Put it in time out just as you would a two-year old having a temper tantrum and teach negativity that it can’t play an active role in your life. You should start with its full name (just like your mother used to do). Me, I call mine Drama Queen. I call her this because she meets the criteria laid out in the definition below:
Definition of Drama Queen: someone who tends to treat situations as more serious or exciting than they really are.
When you know you’re wasting time on giving in to self-doubt, it’s easy to feel defeated and worthless. You may have deadlines to make such as an important launch. Your affiliates and list are waiting to see what you’ve created and you’re paralyzed by those thoughts that you can’t do it or are unworthy of doing it.
Self-doubt rants can discourage you to the point of losing all that you’ve been working for all these hours, days and months. The correct method of silencing the rantings of self-doubt works differently for everyone.
You may be able to suppress them by taking your own time out to go walking or exercise to calm your mind. For others, it may take surrounding yourself with positive people – others who experience the same problems you do – or family and friends who tend to build your self-esteem rather than tear it down.
Past failures or discouraging comments from others can make the negative voices inside grow louder and louder until you’re sucked in to the realm of complete self-doubt and all of your efforts come to a halt.
It can become a battle of wills – will you give in and cry into your pillow about how incapable you are of success? Or will you do everything you can to start believing in yourself again, dust yourself off and take much needed action?
Don’t let the rantings of self-doubt slow you down and render you helpless to realize your dreams of success. It may take several tries before you can mute the self-doubt monsters, but you can do it.
It’s good to remember that when self-doubt starts yelling, it’s really an inner voice that’s scared, perhaps even lost and it needs help to find its way back. Are you listening to your own self-doubt? What is it saying? Use this opportunity to taking action as you shine a light on the right path home and keep yourself from wasting any more time on fear and lies.
I like to talk to my self-doubt (Drama Queen) in the first person and also like to keep in mind that in the end, all she's trying to do is keep me out of harm's way. That can change the way you look at things, and as we know – when you change the way you look at things, the things you look at change.