Jordan Sudberg, a pain management specialist, has been helping people overcome self-doubt for decades. It is one of the most challenging things to do and can result in individuals becoming emotionally isolated from themselves, their family, and friends. According to him, four main factors can negatively influence self-doubt:
1. Poverty mentality.
2. Lack of knowledge about what’s happening inside us.
3. Confusion about making sense of our thoughts and emotions.
4. The desire for perfectionism.
He says that these conditions can cause a lot of stress which causes those with high amounts of self-doubt to isolate themselves even more because they don’t want anyone else to know what’s going on with them.
⦁ What is Self-Doubt?
Self-doubt is nothing new. It’s something that almost everyone deals with at some point. But what causes such feelings of doubt and confusion? There are many possible causes. Here are a few that are more common to professionals.
This lack of motivation is often caused by a lack of communication between the professional and their employer. One may feel unmotivated if they are constantly unhappy at their job but are not comfortable saying why. It is often seen in the workplace when an employee is not getting along with their manager but is afraid to ask for a new manager or change positions.
Being occupied by tasks and having other responsibilities on top of work often leads to feelings of stress and worry. When one job is already not enough, it can be frustrating also to feel like there are too many things on their plate. This problem often comes up when employees have become complacent and accepted the amount of work they’ve been given as fact without addressing it with anyone. Professionals must talk about any problems they may be having at their job so as not to continue to grow worse.
⦁ Ways to overcome self-doubt
Jordan Sudberg explains that it is essential to be present at the moment to overcome feelings of self-doubt. With everything going on at work, it’s easy to get lost in the problems we are dealing with. However, taking time out of the busy schedule and focusing on ourselves can help us learn more about our situation and how to handle it. They encourage employees to take a “time-out” (for themselves) when they feel stressed or down. It can involve anything from going for a walk during your work break, doing yoga or meditation at home, or going for a massage.
He says that repetitive action is what builds habits in our lives. They suggest that employees take time out of their day to write down their thoughts and feelings. It will allow them to see other perspectives on the situation they are dealing with. It is also suggested that one records any experiences they have had in the past around similar situations. It will help them to see how they handled the problem before and if there were any things they did differently, which would be helpful now in this current situation.
It is a prevalent issue among professionals; feeling like your abilities as a professional are not good enough. Sudberg suggests that it is essential for people to take time every day to reflect on their experiences and capabilities to begin to find solutions for themselves and others to overcome this issue.