Self-doubt: An Obstacle to Success

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Summary: Self-doubt is quite possiblyrepparttar 123967 biggest obstacle that individuals must conquer in order to be successful; here are 3 tips to overcome it.

================================================================= Self-doubt: An Obstacle to Success

Whether you are starting a business, changing careers, or heading off on an adventure, it is natural for a little self-doubt to creep in. Do I really have what it takes to do this? Will people take me seriously? What will happen if I fail? Self-doubt can be difficult to overcome. It is quite possiblyrepparttar 123968 biggest obstacle that individuals must conquer in order to be successful. The world is missing out on many great inventions, talented art, and critical businesses because of self-doubt. People question their knowledge and ability torepparttar 123969 point where they would rather do nothing than to take a chance. But inrepparttar 123970 words of Mark Twain: "Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed byrepparttar 123971 things that you didn't do than byrepparttar 123972 ones you did do. Sail away fromrepparttar 123973 safe harbor. Catchrepparttar 123974 trade winds in our sails. Explore. Dream. Discover."

If you find your own self-doubt hindering your personal progress, try these tips:

1. Listen torepparttar 123975 people around you. Most of us have friends and loved ones that we can count on to give us honest feedback. Ask those people to tell you what they think are your strengths and talents. You will surely get a laundry list of things that prove you are more than competent enough to pursuerepparttar 123976 task at hand. But here's a tip: Ifrepparttar 123977 people around you can't give you those motivating messages, that's probably one source of your problem; you need to upgrade your associations and surround yourself with more positive, supportive people.

2. Review your track record. Look back on major accomplishments in your past. Recognize what it took for you to make those things happen and remember how it felt to achieve a goal. One of my greatest memories is fromrepparttar 123978 summer that I completed a 3-day 60-mile walk for breast cancer. I had sprained my ankle during training and it never healed properly. When I think back on that experience I remember my commitment to train every day and my determination to completerepparttar 123979 final day even though I was limping most ofrepparttar 123980 way. But most of all I remember how good it felt to crossrepparttar 123981 finish line. I am able to use that experience to push me through many difficulties that I encounter today in building my coaching practice.


Written by Craig Lock

Realistically analyse your strengths and weaknesses. As a matter of interest, people generally list more weaknesses than strengths, especially women (nice things those!). Too often people discount their accomplishments and focus on what they haven't been able to do.

Making money in itself is not success, but rather a by-produc tof success. Most successful people use repparttar technique of visualisation to foresee ideal outcomes. If you can foresee getting your desires inrepparttar 123966 mind, then you can get there inrepparttar 123967 body.... at least I think so!

"As a man thinketh so is he." (the Bible) Haven't I got that one in already?

Success or failure is not a matter of luck. The key ingredient is a winning attitude, together with PERSEVERANCE andcommon sense.

Your attitude determines your destiny:

Remember to stick at a task when things don't go right. "Whenrepparttar 123968 going gets tough,repparttar 123969 tough get going", as my dear father used to tell me often. Did it work though with me? All successful people have true grit and stickability, as well as natural ability. The winner is oftenrepparttar 123970 person who gets up one more time than they are knocked down. You will hit attitudes in others who say 'you can't do it'. You have a choice then: a) To remain convinced that you can do it. b) Stay with their attitude and quit yours.

Allrepparttar 123971 world's greats would never have been great if they had listened torepparttar 123972 opinion of even their closest friends. Caruso,repparttar 123973 world's greatest tenor, was told his voice sounded like a tin can. Thomas Edison,repparttar 123974 inventor of motion pictures, was advised that no-one would pay to listen to sound coming from a screen. Edison told Henry Ford to give up making cars and work for him instead and make millions. Marie Curie was told to forget about radium. Laurence Olivier was told by friends to give up acting. Benjamin Franklin was told to stop fiddling with lightning. People told Johnny Weismuller (Tarzan) that no-one would ever beat his fifty swimming records. His 1936 world record was repparttar 123975 qualifying time forrepparttar 123976 1972 Olympics! Attitudes ofrepparttar 123977 time said his records could never be beaten. Now 12 year old girls regularly beat his times.

Christopher Columbus took 14 years to raise funding for his ships and crew before setting out on his explorations. The science and culture ofrepparttar 123978 day had said thatrepparttar 123979 world was flat. However, Queen Isabella and King Ferdinand of Spain had faith in Columbus. With that faith and money behindhim, Columbus took just six months to discoverrepparttar 123980 New World.

Inrepparttar 123981 same way, a "flat-world mind-set" can limit our thinking and lead to mediocrity. Inrepparttar 123982 same way that you can train fleas to jump a certain height in a bowl, when you take awayrepparttar 123983 bowl, they still do not jump higher thanrepparttar 123984 learned height.

Our mind can tie us down and limit us, so that mediocrity becomes our destiny. Negative attitudes get cemented in concrete.

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