Reflect on the experience and identify your emotions
Accept and acknowledge the experience that led to these emotions
Express these emotions through words or writing them down
Learn the lessons that came with that experience
Find the blessings within that emotional experience
Forgive others including yourself for what was done
Make a choice to surrender and release those emotions
Release the emotions through burning the paper or release it into the white light of Holy Spirit
Fill your heart with new emotions by meditating on the energy of love, peace and joy
Daily release your emotions by journaling, talking to a friend, doing physical or artistic activity and meditating
If self-doubt is holding you back from taking a leap with your career or in another aspect of your life, it helps to remember that we are all human. We all make mistakes along the way and it’s okay to do so. When we doubt our abilities, it’s often because we don’t want to make any room for mistakes. However, mistakes are also how we learn and grow. We can mitigate self-doubt and fear of failure by practicing being kind to ourselves, no matter the outcome.
A lot of achievements are born out of initial uncertainty or doubt. It helps to remind ourselves about the times that things have gone right, because the same thing could happen in the present moment. Recognize your past achievements and give yourself credit for all the things you have learned, overcame and achieved.
If you’re experiencing self-doubt because you’re afraid you won’t accomplish something at the same level as someone else, then it can be a paralyzing feeling. Everyone’s journey and ideas of success are different. What we can control and focus on is our own path and where we want to take it, regardless of where other people are at or what they have done. Remember you are an individual with an individual journey so don’t try to live other’s reality and be true to yourself.
When negative thoughts begin to creep in, sometimes they are hard to recognize because we become so used to them. Imposter syndrome thrives off of these negative thoughts that tell us that we aren’t worthy of the place we’re at or that we won’t produce good work. Next time these thoughts persist, take a moment and ask yourself if you really believe that they are true. Instead of focusing on your weaknesses, focus on your strengths and instead of focusing on problems, instead focus on solutions, and instead of focusing on worries, instead focus on desired outcomes.
The friends and family members in our lives who believe in us and everything that we’re capable of will always be on our side. When you’re feeling self-doubt, surround yourself with these people. They can remind you of how talented and resilient you are during times when you’re not feeling that way about yourself. Make sure you reach out for comfort and reassurance to those who are inspiring, positive and caring.
While it’s great to feel reassured from others that we are doing a good job or that we are capable of accomplishing a difficult task, it’s equally important to have our own faith in ourselves. Constant reassurance doesn’t mean much if we still don’t believe in ourselves. Even if we aren’t the most confident about where we’re at, it’s good to practice being accepting of our strengths and all that we have to offer.
We will always be the harshest critic of ourselves. It’s a nice reminder to treat ourselves with the same kindness and compassion that we have for others, instead of being so critical of ourselves. Try grounding yourself first and then look at the situation with clarity rather than emotions.
Take a moment to asses your value and your worth, and what matters most to you. When we recognize these values and what truly matters to us, the fear of criticism from others falls by the wayside. And when we live aligned with our values, it doesn’t feel as detrimental to be criticized or make mistakes.
Journaling is always a therapeutic exercise to practice. Writing down your thoughts of self-doubt or experiences with imposter syndrome onto paper is a good release and it prevents you from suppressed emotions which could lead to depression.. You may even realize after you see your concerns written down, that they may not be as detrimental as you thought they were. This can help to gradually overcome fear, anxiety and self-doubt. The best time to let go and release negative energy in the form of thoughts, fears, feelings and emotions is during the full moon. Practice full moon ceremonies often to clear your energy.
It may help you to see a healer, therapist, coach or a counsellor to overcome fear and self-doubt if these feelings persist to the point that it makes it difficult for you to function in everyday life. Therapy can help you feel understood and give you tools to alleviate feelings of fear and doubt. You can also seek help from someone who’s been in your situation and has successfully overcome that challenge or learnt that lesson.