Is the Key to Success Self Doubt?

Work / Monday, August 28th, 2017

Ever since I ventured into the blogging world I’ve been bugged by my own self doubt. Wait, who am I kidding? I’ve ALWAYS been troubled by my own self doubt. I suppose blogging has just resurfaced old feelings, now that I’m constantly tip tapping them down for all to see.

Becoming a blogger brings with it a lot to think about. Obviously there’s the workload, which you don’t realise is so hefty until it’s too late. Once you get the blogging bug, there’s no going back.  Then there’s the feeling of exposure, when you think about who might be reading your stuff. What do they think of it? Is it any good? At some point, every blogger I know has had a crisis in confidence and has thought about closing their laptop for good.

In a strange way though, blogging has also given me a much needed boost in confidence. I wouldn’t have dreamed that I would end up being a blogger and a writer when I was in the early days of motherhood. It took everything I had to function daily, never mind to consider building up a brand new business with very limited technical knowledge. As time went by though I knew I needed something more. I dipped my toes into blogging and quickly realised what amazing possibilities lay before me.

I think that living with a lurking aura of self doubt can be the unexpected key to our success. Apart from the drive I have to be a someone in the eyes of my children and husband, I want to prove to myself that my demons aren’t in control of my future. Every time I get the feeling that I’ve taken on too much or I get anxious about looming deadlines, I turn that negative energy on its head and convert it into ambition. OK not every time, but I try to ignore the bad feelings and replace them with good. I do my best to ignore the voice that’s telling me I can’t and I amplify the one that tells me I can.

I’ve never had a passion for my work life before I found blogging and writing. I’ve always just gone through the motions. Yes I’ve built up a business before, but I didn’t care much for what I did. Now each morning I get up with fresh ideas, ready to power through another day of doing what I love!


So, if living with self doubt is what I have to do to make a success of myself, so be it. I’m only human after all!


24 Replies to “Is the Key to Success Self Doubt?”

  1. I totally agree with you if you can use a negative as fuel for positive action then it’s a good thing! Whether I make any sense is another matter! Xx

  2. It’s interesting to think that something negative like self-doubt can actually be what you need to give yourself drive and ambition! And yeah, you honestly don’t realise how much effort goes into blogging behind the scenes! X

  3. Thats a great way of converting negatives into positives! I think self doubt is there as a little way of keeping our feet on the ground and helping us quality control who we are and what we do. Ying to yang and all that jazz! Keep the self belief, you’re an awesome blogger! Xx

  4. I think we are all struck by self-doubt. And it’s funny how blogging can make you have more self-doubt but also fill you with confidence simultaneously – but using all of the negative feelings into positive ones is the best way. And you shouldn’t have any self-doubt about blogging – you’re fantastic at it 🙂 Carrie x

  5. I hope this is true, because I doubt myself all. the. time. Hubby has started giggling when I tell him I’m not cut out for blogging because it happens so often, and he says “Oh it’s THAT time of the week, is it”. Haha. Your opening statement about the not realising the hefty workload until it’s too late really made me chuckle too! #triumphanttales

  6. I think this is true. I am always doubting what I am doing, but keep on going to prove those doubts wrong. Though there are days when the doubt does overwhelm me a bit.

  7. I totally relate to everything you have written here lovely! Brilliant post. Thank you for joining us at #TriumphantTales. We hope to see you again tomorrow.

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