Unshakable Confidence: How to Remove Self-Doubt

Self-doubt can be a powerful barrier to success in life. In order to achieve our goals and realise our full potential, we need to have confidence in our abilities and believe in ourselves. However, this is easier said than done, especially if we have a tendency to doubt ourselves or have been affected by negative experiences in the past. In this blog post, we will explore some practical ways to remove self-doubt and increase confidence.


Identify the root cause of your self-doubt

The first step towards overcoming self-doubt is to identify the underlying cause. This can be anything from past experiences to negative self-talk. Spend some time reflecting on when and why you feel self-doubt and try to pinpoint the source of these feelings. Once you have identified the root cause, you can start to address it directly.


Challenge your negative thoughts

Negative self-talk can be a significant contributor to self-doubt. Whenever you find yourself thinking negative thoughts, try to challenge them. Ask yourself if they are based on facts or just assumptions. Often, our negative thoughts are not based on reality and challenging them can help to break the cycle of self-doubt.


Focus on your strengths

When we are feeling self-doubt, it can be easy to focus on our weaknesses and overlook our strengths. However, it is important to remind ourselves of what we are good at. Make a list of your strengths and achievements and refer to it regularly. This can help to boost your confidence and remind you of what you are capable of.


Take action

Sometimes, the best way to overcome self-doubt is to take action. Start with small steps and gradually work towards your goals. Every time you take action, you will be one step closer to achieving your goals and building your confidence. Remember, even small successes can have a big impact on your confidence levels.


Surround yourself with supportive people

The people we surround ourselves with can have a significant impact on our confidence levels. Surrounding yourself with supportive people who believe in you can help to boost your confidence and remind you of your worth. Surround yourself with people who are positive, supportive, and encouraging.


Removing self-doubt and building confidence is a process that takes time and effort. However, by identifying the root cause of your self-doubt, challenging negative thoughts, focusing on your strengths, taking action, and surrounding yourself with supportive people, you can gradually build your confidence and achieve your goals. Remember, everyone experiences self-doubt at times, but it is possible to overcome it and realise your full potential. Take small steps every day towards building your confidence and believe in yourself.


Want to know more? Discover more about the benefits of scientific mindfulness meditation for the voice of self-doubt in Dr. Elise Bialylew’s book The Happiness Plan 💛


"If we wish to be healthy, happy and clear-minded, we need to upgrade our “inner technology”of attention to meet the demands of our increasingly complex world. That's where mindfulness comes in.."




Elise Bialylew is the author of the bestselling book, The Happiness Plan, and founder of Mindful in May, the world’s largest online global mindfulness fundraising campaign.

A doctor trained in psychiatry, turned social entrepreneur and mindfulness expert, she’s passionate about supporting individuals and organisations to develop inner tools for greater wellbeing and flourishing, and offers workshops and training at The Mind Life Project.

Her work has been featured in the Huffington Post, New York Times and on Australian Television. She was recently recognised by the Australian Financial Review as a 2019 AFR Women of Influence.

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