Some of the biggest challenges entrepreneurs face are being profitable, hiring the right employees and making sure their cash flow is positive. Without revenue, clients and employees, businesses fail quickly.
When I was reviewing the most important challenges businesses face on a top 10 list, I was shocked at the item that came in last place because it’s the one that I value more than all the others.
What is it?
The definition of self-doubt is a lack of confidence in oneself or one’s abilities.
If you are a heart-centered entrepreneur, this can be one of if not the biggest challenges you must face and conquer.
Self-doubt can manifest with imposter syndrome, comparing yourself to others and a loss of clients if they feel you are not equipped to handle their work.
This can be especially hard if you are empathic causing you to feel things much deeper than the average person.
In business, you must have the ability to move forward no matter the circumstances.
Self-doubt can manifest with you waking up at all hours of the night, worried about money, lack of clients and wondering how you will be able to move forward with confidence.
When you focus on what you lack, that is what you get more of, so conquering self-doubt is of paramount importance for your business to flourish.
WHY DO WE HAVE SELF-DOUBT?
It’s interesting to note that self-doubt is learned behavior. None of us are born with doubt. Self-doubt happens when you do not achieve a goal, or you fell short of expectations.
Specific experiences, especially if you are an Empath or Highly Sensitive Person, can have a lasting effect on how you move forward. Most of us grew up wanting to please our parents. When we fall short and in many instances are made to feel we are not enough, we experience self-doubt. You may have been passed over for a promotion or you didn’t receive the raise you worked so hard for; this will create self-doubt.
Self-doubt can also pop up when you receive a negative comment about a new product or service you are offering or where they think your business “should be”. Any references to you not measuring up will trigger self-doubt.
HOW DOES SELF-DOUBT SHOW UP?
It’s important to know that self-doubt is always based off your fears and that even if they are untrue, as long as they are real in your mind, it will be something you need to deal with.
An example of this could be you feeling unable to attract the right clients. For example, let’s say that over the last 3 months you have been getting consistent clients from your YouTube channel.