Self doubt is that nagging feeling of not being good enough that follows you around when you’re trying to accomplish something close to you or meaningful. Here are 20+ encouraging quotes about self doubt.
My favorite quote for dealing with self doubt is this one by Vincent Van Gogh:
“If you hear a voice within you say ‘you cannot paint,’ then by all means paint, and that voice will be silenced.”
In other words, the only way to crush the fear and self doubt you feel is to do exactly what it is that you’re afraid of. It might be terrifying at first, and you might doubt yourself every step of the way, but over time you’ll gain more confidence and the voice of fear and doubt in the back of your mind will become quieter and quieter.
I’d recommend starting with baby steps. Maybe you can even do something similar to what you’re doubting yourself about, but that’s a little less intimidating or lower risk.
For example, if you wanted to apply for a job at your dream company, maybe you would start with looking up typical interview questions to see what you might be asked, and start thinking about your answers.
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You don’t have to go out on an interview yet, just start preparing yourself so you know what to expect when you actually come face to face with your fears.
Instead of jumping head first into the most challenging thing you can think of (unless that works for you), see it as more of a progression of tiny steps all moving toward your ultimate goal.
Start with just researching information and finding things out to get an idea of how things will actually be. Once you know what to expect, you can start taking small actions or try some practice interviews, to go with the previous example, to build up your confidence before you go for the real deal.
The truth is, no matter how long you’ve been doing something, the fear and self doubt never completely goes away – it just gets quieter and quieter, and over time you’ve built up enough wins for yourself and good experiences that you can quash that voice of self doubt much sooner when it comes up.
20+ Quotes About Self Doubt | Self Doubt Quotes
“The only limit to our realization of tomorrow will be our doubts of today.” – Franklin D. Roosevelt
“If you don’t have some self-doubts and fears when you pursue a dream, then you haven’t dreamed big enough.” – Joe Vitale
“Doubt kills more dreams than failure ever will.” – Suzy Kassem
“The greater the artist, the greater the doubt. Perfect confidence is granted to the less talented as a consolation prize.” – Robert Hughes
“Self-doubt is the greatest enemy of any new good habit.” – Victoria Moran
“I’ve learned that the mastery of self-doubt is the key to success.” – Will Smith
“Believe in yourself, your abilities and your own potential. Never let self-doubt hold you captive. You are worthy of all that you dream of and hope for.” – Roy Bennett
“Don’t regret the past or fear the future. Both bring misery through self-doubt.” – Deepak Chopra
“Don’t waste life in doubts and fears.” – Ralph Waldo Emerson
“I think you’re not a human being unless you have doubts and fears.” – Mike Krzyzewski
More Self Doubt Sayings
“Successful people have fear, successful people have doubts, and successful people have worries. They just don’t let these feelings stop them.” – T. Harv Eker
“I seek strength, not to be greater than other, but to fight my greatest enemy, the doubts within myself.” – P.C. Cast
“So often we quit on the first failure. We must persistent long enough to achieve success.” – Lailah Gifty Akita
“I used to worry about the labels others placed on me, until I realized my limitations weren’t coming from their labels, but from my own” – Steve Maraboli
“I can’t think of anyone I admire who isn’t fueled by self-doubt. It’s an essential ingredient.” – Richard Eyre
“The moment you doubt whether you can fly, you cease for ever to be able to do it.” – James M. Barrie
“Self-doubt is real. Everyone has it. Having confidence and losing confidence is real, too, and everyone has been in that position.” – Venus Williams
“You should never doubt yourself because you never, ever know what’s around the corner.” – Kellie Pickler
“I believe every day your life speaks to you – through every experience, through the people you meet, and even through pain, fear and self-doubt.” – Oprah Winfrey
“A person’s greatest limitations are not genetic, but imposed by self-doubt, insecurities, indecision, and timidity.” – Kilroy J. Oldster
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