I saw this quote about doubt that organizational psychologist Adam Grant recently posted:
“Questioning your abilities does not mean you have impostor syndrome. It is a normal response to a challenging or difficult task. The absence of doubt breeds arrogance. Feeling insecure maintains humility”
Now, he may be a polarizing guy, but he has a point here. It is perfectly normal for us to question our abilities.
Running a business is a challenge every day. If it was easy, everyone would be doing it, right?
It takes courage to show up day after day, most of the time with no idea what you’re doing (What? You thought you were the only one who felt this way? You’re not!)
You guess everything, you start comparing yourself with others. That negative self-talk takes over. The wheels turn, panic sets in, and this is often when you make some not-so-great decisions that fuel this cycle of overwhelm.
Those feelings of uncertainty never completely go away, it just improves your driving.
- Focus on what is true – Is what you feel your thoughts or the truth? When my clients are freaking out and tell me “Business is terrible this quarter,” we stop and take a look at reality. We look at their numbers and see that things aren’t as bad as they feel, they’re doing better than last quarter or better than this time last year. Look for the facts.
- Create a comment file – and save it where you can see it. This is where you store all those happy customer emails or testimonials to remind you of the great service you provide.
- Lean on your cheer squad – surround yourself with good people who want the best for you and understand what it’s like to be in the trenches building your business. Discussing your concerns with someone who understands can make a difference.
- Look for predictability – stick to rituals and routines that calm and lift you.
- Success Tracking – Keep an eye on the key metrics that matter in your business and try to improve where you were yesterday, last month, last year. And celebrate your victory! This will increase your feelings of self-worth, even if it’s small things – lots of little wins that result in your business moving forward.
What do you do when you question yourself?
To learn more about dealing with uncertainty, listen to Your Business Boost Podcast Episode 68: Smashing Self Doubt