You’re not good enough.
The story sucks.
No one will ever read it.
You might as well give up.
You’re not qualified.
For years, I have heard these whispers in my ears and many . . .many . . .more.
Self-doubt can be the killer of ideas, the defeater of goals, and vanquisher of dreams. We all suffer from it.
If you Google: “Famous people suffering with doubt”, you’d be amazed how many actors, writers, artist, and politicians suffer with it on a day-to-day basis.
After extensive research on the subject from tipsters to psychologists, self-doubt is a REAL issue that needs to be identified and stamped out.
As human beings we naturally gravitate toward negativity. It somehow makes sense to us. Let’s face it; the world can be a negative place. Watch the news for ten minutes! Our minds will remember the bad stuff over the good.
Why? I don’t know . . .we just do.
In dealing with self-doubt, you need to take control before it controls you.
First off, identify your doubt or insecurities. For every negative message you hear, try countering it with something positive. Recently, I read an article about a young actor, who wrote inspiring messages to himself on sticky-notes, then plastered them on a wall. Anytime he felt insecure or doubt, he’d read each, uplifting message.
My own vortex of self-doubt whirled me into believing that my story wasn’t good. I am glad to say, it has never stopped me from writing. Although, I will admit, I was ashamed of my first novel. It went from the printer, to a box, and never moved. Last year, I dug it out, and read the entire 90,000+word novel in one night. I thought: “Hey, it’s not that bad!”
If you struggle with self-doubt, you are not alone. But, please don’t give up. Your decision(s) can either compel you further, or cause a lifetime of regret.
Take care my friends 🙂