10 Affirmations to Overcome Self-Doubt

One of my favorite quotes from Van Gogh is:

If you hear a voice within you say ‘you cannot paint,’ then by all means paint, and that voice will be silenced.”

Imagine if he listened to that voice.

We all get feelings of self-doubt from time-to-time creeping in. It’s normal and part of the human experience but often, these feelings drive us to be overly cautious and, for the better part, it stops us all together from achieving our true potential.

Every day I see far too many people doubting in their own abilities to do great things, to step up and rise to challenges that they are very capable of overcoming. Now let me be clear – it’s not because they aren’t capable – it’s often because they are afraid – afraid of failing and afraid of the world around them.

In my last post I shared a bit about how I overcame self-doubt which really helped on my journey to start living the authentic life I always dreamed about. Don’t get me wrong, self-doubt still creeps in, but knowing how to identify the type of self-doubt I’m dealing with and having a go-to-list of simple techniques I can call on at any time really helps in containing that self-doubt. This way I can act on opportunities and not miss out on what life has to offer.

Overcoming these feelings isn’t just about suppressing them or pretending they don’t exist. It’s more about looking deep within yourself, identifying what makes you feel this way and then finding ways to make these feelings feel not so big anymore.

Affirmations have been one of the best things I’ve introduced into my life. It might sound like a silly thing to do but trust me – verbalizing positive sayings about where you want to be, and what you want to achieve as if it has already happened is so empowering.

Look at yourself in the mirror every morning and say three positive affirmations, as if they have already happened. You’ll start looking at yourself differently.

Today I’m sharing 10 affirmations to help lift you up and guide you when these feelings of self-doubt creep in.

These affirmations are a perfect start for your journal or to keep on hand, to help remind you of your worth and what you bring to the table. Recite these affirmations every morning or when you start questioning your ability to carry out certain tasks. 

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I'm Shalinee - a Geminian scientist who loves to travel, write, draw and eat chocolate. I've visited over twenty countries, published a Environmental Science encyclopaedia and somewhere along the way started a science communication company to help students and corporates translate that hard-to-read data generated in a lab. Other than that, I'm just searching for the magic still hidden in the world.

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