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When You Doubt Your Self-Worth

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Leadership positions can be incredibly isolating – they can lead to feelings of inadequacy and self-doubt. Here is how to overcome those feelings when you doubt your self-worth.

As a leader, it can be easy to doubt your self-worth and question your abilities. You may feel pressure to be perfect and to always have the answers, which can lead to feelings of inadequacy and self-doubt. However, it’s important to remember that you have a purpose, you have a mission, and you have a message.

Your team, family, and partners rely on you for your vision, strength, and passion to lead them through their own challenging times.

But leadership is also very isolating, here are five things to remember when you doubt your self-worth.

You’re Not Alone

While leadership is lonely, you are not alone. Recognize that everyone has doubts and insecurities. It is a natural part of being human and does not make you any less worthy or capable. To help overcome this, find a mentor, accountability group of peers, or board of advisors.

You Have Worth

Practice self-compassion and treat yourself with kindness and understanding. Instead of beating yourself up for doubting yourself, try to talk to yourself in a supportive and encouraging way.

You Are Strong

Focus on your strengths and accomplishments. Make a list of things you are good at and things you have achieved, and remind yourself of them when you are feeling down. This list should be easily accessible and visible at all times. In addition to the Post-it on the bathroom mirror, add it to your phone’s home screen, write it on top of your journal, or set an automatic reminder to review.

You Have Support

Seek support from others. Talk to a trusted friend, peer, family member, or therapist about your doubts and insecurities. It can be helpful to get a fresh perspective and some encouragement from someone you trust.

You Matter – Final Encouragement

Take small steps toward your goals. Don’t try to overcome all of your doubts and insecurities at once. Focus on making progress in small, achievable ways and celebrate your successes along the way.

You’re on this path for a reason.

All the best,


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