Nigeria’s economy is going through a rough economic patch and everyone’s trying to keep their heads above water. In this time, people need to have faith in themselves and in better days ahead.
A little insecurity is okay, as it could actually improve your performance. A 2010 study published in Psychology of Sport and Exercise revealed that individuals who had a little self-doubt performed better compared with people who were totally assured in their skills. So realize that self-doubt can be helpful. It only makes you put in more effort.
2. Question the source:
When you experience self-doubt, dig deep. Say to yourself, "What evidence do I have that I can't do this?", and then the opposite, "What evidence do I have that I can do this?" Then write down your answers. The facts reveal things more realistically. This may not rid you of all your self-doubt, but it can reduce your insecurities to a reasonable level.
3. What’s the worst that could happen:
Self-doubt is a result of horrible predictions, when you find yourself in that position, ask, "What could really go wrong?" Know that even if things go bad, it won’t be life altering. A few years from now, most of your mistakes won't matter that much. Keeping things in perspective can help you calm you down.
4. Check your emotions:
Your emotions matter in how you think and behave. Anxious feelings can aid doubt and upset your performance. Pay attention to how your emotions affect your decisions. If your anxiety rises, calm your body and your mind by taking deep breaths, going for a walk, or distracting yourself with boring tasks. Never let short-term discomfort to convince you to chicken out.
5. Focus on the present:
No matter what you’re doing, if you tell yourself, "I'm going to embarrass myself" it will only distract you from your job. Instead, stay focused in the moment. Always give yourself a quick pep talk. Saying things like "All I can do is my best" will establish that you don't need to go for perfection. That way, you'll be able to focus your energy where it needs to be.
Try these simple tips when next you’re feeling doubt around you and let us know how it works for you.