Updated: Sep 22
Have you ever felt like things are going along so well and then doubt throws a curve ball at you?
Everyone deals with doubt at one time or another.
If it is not dealt with then it can lead to lowered self-esteem, despair, frustration and even depression.
I felt all consumed with doubt this morning when I woke up. It was pretty heavy!
Have you ever felt this way? I've never had doubt hit me so hard. I hadn’t even stepped out of bed yet.
So, what can you do?
Listen in or read on below for a couple things you can do to remove the doubt and something I did that really helped me!
Identify and Question.
All your feelings are real. You don’t have to accept all of them but your feelings are real.
When you feel out of sorts, identify what the feeling is. Give it a name.
See if you can figure out why this feeling is now present for you. Every feeling comes to you for a reason. In this case, why is doubt present?
Ask “what is doubt here to teach me?”.
Now listen and see what comes up for you in your thoughts.
You may get some interesting answers. You may find many of your doubts are not that serious. You will be able to whittle down to which doubts are most important for you to look at.
Look for Validity.
Is it valid or reasonable for you to doubt yourself in this area?
Are you taking on something new that you've never done or have you done it before and doubt is now creeping in?
Is it reasonable for you to doubt yourself in this situation? Maybe you're taking on something that will push you to grow and you've done something similar before. Or maybe you are taking on something wholly new and the realization of that has just hit you.
Good for you for recognizing that!
Either way this is an opportunity to grow!
What if you break it down into pieces and look at where you may want to research, get some help or advice?
If you struggle with perfection verify that you are not getting stuck on doing it all perfectly. Perfection can also usher in doubt.
Give it to God.
What helped me most was letting it go.
I went on a walk this morning and went through the above questions. I decided to look at some of the doubts further.
Then what was most freeing to me was turning it over to God. I said, “Father in Heaven I don’t want to live in doubt, I am not owning this and I am giving it to You.”
I visualized putting my doubts into His hands. I truly felt freed of a huge burden and have not heard from those doubts since.
When you choose to separate yourself from the doubt you can look at it more objectively.
You can learn what you need to learn from it.
Your doubts don’t define you and you don’t have to own them.
Do you often struggle with doubt? What has been your most effective way to stop doubt from consuming you?
Let me know in the comments below or shoot me an
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Live life empowered!
Doubt definitely creates stress. Here is a free guide to help you reduce stress: 7 Easy Mindfulness Practices to Ease Your Stress
Sheri Johnson is a certified Transformational Holistic Health and Life Coach in the Central Florida area. She believes everyone deserves an amazing healthy, balanced life, full of energy and feeling fantastic! When you get back on track in life and feel like yourself again then you can easily step into who you truly want to be, living out your purpose, passion and what you were called here to do.