Welcome to ‘Learning Tuesdays’, where we learn a particular skill or habit that will help you become a better you.
Today, we are going to be learning 3 ways to address the doubt of not being good enough.
A. Where does doubt come from?
“Doubt kills more dreams than failure ever will.”― Suzy Kassem
According to the English Oxford Dictionary, doubt can be described as “a feeling of uncertainty or lack of conviction.” The doubt of not being good enough can be found from the standards set by family, friends, school, work and social media.
Social media can be described as an emerging factor that has contributed to the doubt of not being good enough. Social media users felt inadequate when they compared themselves to the selfies and successes of other people on social media platforms as cited by Jessica Brown, an author for BBC Future.
So how do we address the doubt of not being good enough? The answer lies not on the external, but in the internal as mentioned by Winston Churchill “We are still the masters of our fate. We are still the captains of our souls.” Here are three ways to address the doubt of not being good enough.
B. 3 ways to help you address the doubt of not being good enough.
1. Recognise your STRENGTHS.
“When I stand before God at the end of my life, I would hope that I would not have a single bit of talent left, and could say, ‘I used everything you gave me.”― Erma Bombeck
The first step is to recognise that we all have strengths that make us uniquely us. According to the Washington State Twin Registry, not even identical twins have the same fingerprints. Accepting our own uniqueness is key to unlocking the good enough potential within us.
Question: What are 3 strengths that make me uniquely me?
2. See yourself as adding VALUE to the world.
“The purpose of life is not to be happy. It is to be useful, to be honorable, to be compassionate, to have it make some difference that you have lived and lived well.” ― Ralph Waldo Emerson
The next step is to add value to the world through purpose. Like our strengths, we have a purpose that’s different and it requires us to stop the comparisons and start adding value to others. An individual that has a purpose is not swayed by the opinion of others but is focused on achieving the mission that they are called to do.
Question: How do I see myself as adding value to the world?
3. COMPARE yourself to YOURSELF.
“When nobody else celebrates you, learn to celebrate yourself. When nobody else compliments you, then compliment yourself. It’s not up to other people to keep you encouraged. It’s up to you. Encouragement should come from the inside.” — Jay Shetty
The only person that you have to compare yourself to is yourself. It’s up to you every day to remind yourself that you are good enough. Your life and thoughts are your responsibility. You can’t control the thoughts that go into your mind, but you can control the meaning of your thoughts through your actions.
Exercise: Take a good look at the mirror and tell yourself that you are good enough every morning. The only person you have to convince is standing right in front of you.
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