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Second-Guessing Left Unchecked

Second-Guessing Left Unchecked

A little self-doubt is good as it pushes us to give our best.

However, second-guessing oneself all the time turns into imposter syndrome if left unchecked, due to the insecurity and doubt clouding one’s mind.


  1. Understand that imposter syndrome is common among brilliant, qualified professionals and it is okay to be nervous.
  2. Keep in mind that the best of us can fail, and try not to let the fear of failing to get the better of you.
  3. Handle things one day at a time, focusing your nervous energy on new learnings.
  4. Be sincere to yourself and everyone around you, and understand that no one has all the right answers.
  5. Capitalize on your strengths.
  6. Try to find a trustworthy ally and form a support system.

Imposter syndrome is common among many professionals and the symptoms include self-doubting questions like:

*1. How did I get this job profile?

  1. Am I good enough to handle so many new responsibilities?
  2. Am I undeserving of being in such a position after my second promotion?*

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  • Once you’ve identified the confidence culprit, tell someone. Choose someone who sees you outside of that environment
  • Remind yourself of all of your achievements
  • Remind yourself that the people who got you here are incredibly competent and they did not make a mistake
  • Update your language with more confident, assertive phrases
  • Reframe your story by writing it down
  • Try mentoring
1.Practice Self-Compassion

For someone who has big goals, which I hope you do. It can be easy to experience self-doubt because the goals seem unattainable. 

However, your goals are not the problem, they are actually great. But when you seem to not be making progress, do not doubt yourself. 

Instead, be compassionate to yourself as you would others. 

We are only human and all make mistakes along the way. 

It’s normal to experience feelings of doubt when we are faced with new or challenging situations. It is something that we all may experience at certain times in our lives. However, when it becomes debilitating for us, that’s when we may need more tools to overcome self-doubt.

persistent self-doubt is not addressed, it can lead to:

  • Procrastination or lack of motivation
  • Emotional instability
  • Low self-esteem
  • Difficulty making decisions