10 Tips How not to Second Guess Yourself

Apr 26, 2024

I think that I second guess myself…But maybe not…🤔 

Second-guessing yourself can be a frustrating and self-defeating habit. It can hold you back from making decisions, taking risks, and achieving your goals. If you're tired of second-guessing yourself, here are 10 tips to help you stop and move forward with confidence 

  1. Identify the triggers. 🎯 What are the situations or thoughts that make you start second-guessing yourself? Once you know what triggers your self-doubt, you can start to develop strategies for dealing with them.
  2. Challenge your negative thoughts. 🤔 When you start to second-guess yourself, ask yourself if your thoughts are really true.  Are you really going to fail? Chances are, your thoughts are just your inner critic talking. Challenge them and replace them with more positive and realistic thoughts - what would a friend say to you?
  3. Practice self-compassion. 💖 Be kind to yourself and accept that you're not perfect. Everyone makes mistakes. When you make a mistake, don't beat yourself up about it. Learn from it and move on.
  4. Focus on the present moment. 🌟 When you're second-guessing yourself, you're usually focused on the past or the future. Instead, try to focus on the present moment. What can you do right now to move forward?
  5. Take action. 💪 Don't just sit around and second-guess yourself. Take action and make a decision. Even if you're not sure if it's the right decision, you can always adapt and change your mind later.
  6. Make a pros and cons list. ✅ This can help you weigh the pros and cons of different options and make a more informed decision.
  7. Talk to someone you trust. 🗣️ Sometimes, just talking to someone about your decision can help you feel more confident in it.
  8. Give yourself a deadline. ⏰ If you're feeling stuck, give yourself a deadline to make a decision. This can help you take action and stop dwelling on the decision.
  9. Remember that it's okay to make mistakes. 🧠 Everyone makes mistakes. The important thing is to learn from them and move on.  Einstein said: 

    "Failure is success in progress"

  10. Celebrate your successes! 🎉 Acknowledge even the smallest wins, like making a tough decision or sticking to a new habit. It boosts your confidence and reinforces positive decision-making.

Remember, you're not alone – sometimes we need to make decisions with only a subsection of the facts!  That’s ok…just stay close to it and adapt like a speedboat 🚤 if you need to! 



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