The curse of self-doubt

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I have 90 drafted blog posts. Ninety. That’s a nine with a zero after it. Most of them are almost ready. Just a little tweak here or there and they’d be ready for me to hit the publish button.  But I let them sit there, unable to convince myself they’re good enough. I mean, who do I think I am thinking anyone wants to read what I have to say?

That self-doubt, she’s a real Debbie Downer.

And it doesn’t just attack my blogging. You should hear the struggle in my head about photography. I love taking pictures. When I pull out my camera, I feel genuinely excited. I am having the best time learning about photography and how to get the shots I want and how to edit them.  Until the self-doubt creeps in. And then I don’t pull my camera out so freely. I look at every shot with such a critical eye that there’s no way it could ever be good enough. The fun stops.

And I’m left wondering why I do this to myself. Why can I feel so confident in my abilities one day, and the next have no faith in myself? Because I think I could really have something here. This blog. My photography. It’s worth something. It’s an opportunity I don’t want to let slip through my fingers while I’m doubting myself.

But every time I sit down to write a post or turn on the camera, the struggle continues. I fight to dial back that self-doubt and remind myself that I am actually worth believing in.

So why am I suddenly confessing all of this? Because I know I’m not alone. And I know how lonely self-doubt can leave you. Because you don’t want to admit to anyone that you have a hard time believing in yourself. It feels a little shameful, doesn’t it?  Especially in this world, where exclamations of success and confidence are just a tweet or a Facebook update a way. I think we’re often left with the impression that everyone else can do it except for us.

And it’s just not true. We’re amazing, talented, capable, and driven people. There’s nothing we can’t do if we’re determined to make it happen. And if you’re down in that self-doubt pit like I find myself in sometimes, and you just can’t believe those words, find someone who will remind you. E-mail me if you want to. I’ll have no trouble telling you how amazing I think you are.

Let’s just start believing in ourselves and making great things happen. Who’s with me?

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  1. Nicole P says

    Self doubt is the worse! It creeps up in every aspect of my life. Situation by situation I have to convince myself I am awesome and all that good stuff!

    You are too. Hit PUBLISH :)
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  2. says

    Publish those posts!! You are awesome and I love reading your blog because you’re “you.” You don’t pretend to have it all figured out and you’re honest when you write!! Go go go! Hit publish!
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  3. says

    Personally, I am LOVING all of the pictures you’ve been posting. You’re great! Which lens are you using these days? Keep on snapping away. :)

    And your blog is REAL and that is exactly why I love it so much. You should definitely publish those posts. Maybe not all at the same time, because sometimes I get overwhelmed when I see 90 new posts to read, but I think you should definitely share them with us. ;)
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  4. says

    It is such an awful thing to suffer from, we miss so many opportunities. I just have to tell myself positive words and carry on – try it – I promise it does help :) xx

  5. says

    You are right. You are so not alone. I’m not sure how many drafts I have sitting in around. TOO MANY, that’s for sure. Well…some of those should probably just be deleted. I do draft a lot of nonsense that is just process. Haha. Thanks for writing this and sharing, though. We all constantly have to battle the self-doubt. Sometimes we win and sometimes, not so much. Here’s to the times we win!
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  6. says

    You are so right! I don’t have 90 drafts but I have quite a few and even when I publish a post I start to panic thinking “What was I thinking publishing something like that?” I usually have to walk away from the computer for a while to leave it. Thanks so much for this! Made me feel like I’m not alone :)
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    Self-doubt is an evil, evil witch (feel free to replace the W with a B if necessary) who can be difficult to deal with. Throwing water on her doesn’t do anything and alcohol is only a temporary solution. I wish I had the answers for how to defeat her but she hangs out in my head way too often. When I’m feeling really good she does shut up for a bit but one bad day and she’s right there laughing at me. Ugh.
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