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5 Thoughts on Overcoming Fear and Self-Doubt

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5 Thoughts on Overcoming Fear and Self-Doubt
I was lifting with the owner of my gym. She was doing clean and jerks. I was squatting. In between sets, I asked if she had ever competed in an Olympic weightlifting meet. "You should do one. They are a lot of fun and you're definitely built to be a weightlifter."

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Fear-based decision making

Fear-based decision making

It's when you let your fears or worries dictate your actions (or, in most cases, your lack of action).

The unfortunate result is that you don't do the things that you say are important to you.

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Low stakes goals

Low stakes goals

Don’t pick goals where the stakes are low. Failing in a safe zone is just a clever way of holding yourself back.

If you fail inside your comfort zone, it's not really a failure, it's just maintaining the status quo. If you never feel uncomfortable, then you're never trying anything new.

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Nobody is rooting for you to fail

Nobody is rooting for you to fail

Maybe you'll succeed. Maybe you'll fail. For the most part, nobody cares one way or the other.

The world is big and you are small, and that means you can chase your dreams with little worry about what people think.

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Getting started

Getting started
Just because you don’t like where you have to start from doesn’t mean you shouldn’t get started.

Feelings of fear and uncertainty have a way of making you feel unprepared. Consider the opposite: How long will you put off what you’re capable of doing just to maintain what you’re currently doing?

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Don't make uncertain things, certain

Don't make uncertain things, certain

Stop acting like failure is certain. It’s not.

Who says you’re going to fail? Just because someone else got rejected from that job doesn't mean you will.

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The only real failure

The only real failure

 ... is not taking any action in the first place.

You don’t need to be great at what you do, you just need to be the one person who actually decides to do it.

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See life as it is, without all the ideals and fantasies you’ve been preoccupied with.

The vast majority of our struggles are self-created, and we can choose to overcome them in an instant.

Fearing judgment from others

We fear the judgments of others, even though their judgments about us are rarely valid or significant.

Tying your self-worth to everyone else’s opinions gives you a flawed sense of reality because people judge us based on a pool of influences in their own lives that have absolutely nothing to do with us.

Past experiences

In many ways, our past experiences have conditioned us to believe that we are less capable than we are.

We need to learn from the past, but also to be ready to update what we learned based on how our circumstances have changed.

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Excuses

People use excuses to rationalize their actions regarding their circumstances, their actions toward other people, and regarding certain events. It is also one of the primary reasons why people are ...

Stop comparing

When you are comparing yourself to others, you are probably only seeing part of the whole picture.

If you are making an excuse not to try something new, because you are comparing yourself to others who are experts in the field, remember that they were also inexperienced at some stage.

Stop fearing the unknown

The unknown can be scary, but it may not be a negative thing. Many good things can come from taking a step into the unknown.

2 categories of doubt:

  • General doubt: uncertainty over things happening outside of and around you.
  • Self-doubt: uncertainty within yourself, about your own abilities and d...

Common characteristics of self-doubters:

  • They look for evidence that their abilities aren’t good enough.
  • They hold themselves to impossible standards
  • They overanalyze simple decisions. 
  • They make friends with people who reinforce their self-doubt.

Trick your brain into tearing down self-doubt

  1. Compartmentalize your decisions and don’t look back.
  2. Doubt your doubt.
  3. Shake your head when confronting doubt.
  4. Enforce time limits on your decisions.