Dream BIG. Think SMART.

If you’re like me, then you spend a lot of time in your own head.

Too much head time can be challenging for even the strongest constitution, but when you keep it inside and don’t seek advice/support or even vent, then it has the potential to fuel your downfall.

Why is that? In a word, self-doubt.

Self-doubt is a disease of the brain, and it’ll kill your efforts to succeed if you let it run unchecked.

As the sole owner of many businesses over the last few decades, I’ve learned a few things about self-doubt. Thankfully, I’ve managed to navigate my way around fear and doubt, and in doing so I’ve discovered new ways of restoring self-belief.

Below are 9 strategies I use to keep self-doubt in check.

If you need to get out of a funk, or reduce the tsunamic waves of self-doubt that appear out of nowhere at times, or incorporate new thought processes to restore belief in yourself and your abilities, then continue reading. If you’ve got it all under control, then I’d love to hear what techniques work for you. Please drop them in the comments. I’m always up for new tips and techniques.

As you read below, tune into your responses and reactions. What resonates with you? Make a mental note of it, then move forward with the new self-awareness you’ve acquired along with a new conviction that you are capable of achieving anything you desire.

When facing new challenges that ignite self-doubt and fear, ask yourself:

1. Is it real?

Is your fear real? Sounds simple, but sometimes the mind needs to be reined in like an unruly child. Throw a lasso around fear’s neck and pull it closer to have a deeper look – exactly how rational or irrational are your thoughts? Can you say for certain they are real?

2. What if you fail?

What’s the absolute worst that can happen? Map your way back from disaster before you get there. See the solutions, or the best path forward in your mind’s eye. Examine the potential failure from this new perspective – that you’ve already created a solution to employ if and when it happens. Failing is not the problem – fear of failing is the problem. Feel the freedom this shift in perspective gives you. Now you can fail without fear.

3. What do you see when you look back?

Our experiences teach us a lot about life. My biggest lessons have come from failing. Not only has failing taught me what not to do, but it has also made me stronger and wiser. What adversity or challenge have you already overcome? I bet it’s probably bigger than the current issue you’re facing, so give yourself some well-earned credit for already being a warrior. You’ve survived every challenge so far – celebrate your strength!