“The whole problem with the world is that fools and fanatics are always so certain of themselves, but wiser people so full of doubts.”
That is what Bertrand Russel opined about the dubious intelligent ones who berate themselves while the insane ones who are over-confident.
Doubts are traitors and can often make us lose the best as they’re quite persuasive holding us back. That fear to attempt makes things harder in getting started. Don’t let those monsters make you stay within your comfort zone.
“It’s totally fine to let your inner doubts bubble up. But be quick in not letting them spin out of control. Else they might grow from a whisper to a stream of discouraging sentences. Promptly talk back to that doubtful part of yourself.”
says Henrik Edberg in positivityblog.com.
Psychologist Martin Seligman gives a practical way to address the self-questioning maelstroms.
Test your doubts by asking whether they are realistic or you’re overreacting?
Keep a diary of your feelings, and evaluate all beliefs that may be unhelpful. When you experience self-doubt, spend time reflecting on its causes. Argue against it, and challenge your beliefs. According to Seligman, that may change your negative reactions and lead to a positive reframing of the situation.