At time, we all feel unsure about ourselves, which is completely normal. It happens to everyone, no matter how old they are or where they come from. It could generate from a tricky task at school or at work, problems in our relationships, or when we're trying to achieve something difficult.
That feeling of not being sure if we can do it is what we call self-doubt. It's like a quiet voice inside that makes us question if we're good enough.
Acknowledging that we're human and therefore vulnerable to feeling doubtful about our abilities, is the first step towards understanding that it is a universal experience. It reminds us that when we feel exposed or helpless, it is not a sign of weakness but a shared aspect of the human condition.
When we can recognize our own insecurities and that others feel this same way, too, no matter who they are, we realize that it's an opportunity for self-growth and encouragement, for everyone of us.
"Our greatest weakness lies in giving up. The most certain way to succeed is always to try just one more time."
-Thomas A. Edison
The Roots of Self-Doubt
Figuring out where self-doubt comes from is like being a detective and exploring your own story. It means looking back at past experiences, the expectations of others, and messages you received from adults in your life.
It's not about blaming anyone but gaining insight into why we judge ourselves the way we do. By becoming self-aware, we can best challenge the negative thoughts and strive to become much kinder toward ourselves. This will allow our confidence and feelings of self-worth to blossom.
"It's not who you are that holds you back, it's who you think you're not."