One of the many challenges that entrepreneurs face is knowing what holds them back. Often individuals will search high and low, attend seminar after seminar in search of the proverbial answer, all the while it stares at them in their face every day.
As we have been conditioned from a very young age to seek out solutions from outside sources, we tend to end up in an endless loop searching for the answer we seek. Think about how many times in life, you spent days, months or possibly even years searching for an answer when it was right in front of you the whole time.
This comes from a lack of belief in ourselves, to trust our natural instincts of what is right and what is wrong. When we lack belief in ourselves, we end up paralyzing our actions due to the increase in uncertainty in our very own abilities. Each and every one of us is born with the capacity to know what is right and how we go about doing it. If you look at babies learning how to walk, do they watch a YouTube video on how to do it? Of course not, they simply do it and follow their innate belief in themselves to get the job done.
Self-doubt is a learned trait we pick up during our childhood. Look back at all the times someone said to you, “Be careful, you might get hurt!”. When you hear this enough times, you begin to doubt your ability to accomplish more than just that one task, but all sorts of tasks in your life. How many times did you doubt your skillset even though deep down inside you knew what you were doing?
In order to overcome this doubt in business and life, we must take baby steps to increase the level of belief in ourselves. You have to start with small simple steps that will lead you in the right direction. This process will take time, but you will overcome the doubts that are holding you back. As an example, if you are afraid of public speaking, to overcome it, begin with speaking to a small group of friends, then gradually introduce people you don’t know into the mix. Over time, increase the size of the group until it is the size of the audience where you want to speak in front of. This methodology will put you on a path of self-growth and discovery, as you will have to look inward to overcome any fears that might have been placed there by others over the years.
Remember, only you can ultimately help yourself overcome the fears holding you back in life!