Self-doubt is a relentless beast. It’s like a shadow that follows you around, taunting you with its constant presence. You can’t get rid of it, but you can learn to manage it—and that’s where journalling comes in.
Journalling isn’t just about documenting your day, or keeping track of what you’ve done in the past. It’s about using your journal as a tool to help combat self-doubt and bring some order to your life.
Journalling is a practice in which you write down your thoughts and feelings in a notebook. This can be as simple as jotting down what’s on your mind, or it can be more involved, like writing an outline for a project or brainstorming ideas for your next big blog post.
The benefits of journalling are numerous: it helps you get clear on how you’re feeling, it can be cathartic and help you process difficult emotions, it helps you organise your thoughts, and it can help prevent writer’s block by giving you space to think without distractions.
But one of the most important benefits of journalling is that it helps combat self-doubt. Self-doubt can be paralysing when we’re trying to move forward in life—it’s hard to take action when we’re constantly second-guessing ourselves.
Journalling allows us to explore those feelings of uncertainty in private, so that we don’t have to worry about anyone else judging us or making us feel bad about our thoughts.
Self-doubt is the voice that tells you that you’re not good enough, or smart enough, or experienced enough to do what you’re trying to do. It’s the voice that whispers in your ear when you’re at your most vulnerable: “You’ll never get this right.” It’s the voice that makes you feel like a failure before you even try.
And it’s not just a one-off thing—it’s something we all deal with on some level. The trick is to learn how to combat self-doubt and turn it into something more positive and productive.
Journalling can be a great way to combat self-doubt because it gives us an opportunity to reflect on our day, our feelings, and our thoughts without worrying about what anyone else thinks of them (or if they’re even worth sharing). This is why journals are such an important part of my work with clients—they give us an outlet for all those thoughts we don’t want anyone else to hear or see. Equally, it helps clients re-frame their thoughts, reduce the magnitude of events and re-direct energy to more useful thoughts and pursuits.
Puja McClymont – certified coach, wisdom teacher, speaker and host of the SELF Care 101 podcast.
As a life and leadership coach, I help mission-driven individuals who are seeking direction, to gain clarity, by expanding their inner awareness through the ancient wisdom teachings of Ayurveda and Yoga; so that they can lead more purposeful and fulfilling lives.
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