One of the keys to developing our talents is believing in our abilities and competence.
Chris and Janet Attwood of The Passion Test point out “there are only three things that prevent anyone from living their passions: false beliefs, false concepts and false ideas.”
“In coaching thousands of people on The Passion Test, the one thing we can be sure we will find when someone is having a hard time believing they could fulfill their passions is a case of low self-esteem. This is nothing to be embarrassed about because it is common and it is manageable.
“What accompanies low self-esteem is the belief that I am not worthy and therefore I can’t possibly fulfill my dreams.”
“It truly transformed the way she saw herself and it can work for you also. We call it the Appreciation Game and here is Janet’s explanation of how it works. And it does work!
“Every day I would review what I had done that day and somehow find something I appreciated about myself. It didn’t matter if it seemed like a small thing. The exercise was to find something I could appreciate about myself, no matter what.”
That may be a challenge for those of us who tend to be perfectionistic. Thankfully, I have friends and readers of my sites who regularly remind me of the value of my publishing all this content.
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This self-doubt can also show up as impostor feelings.
Read quotes by actors Gerard Butler and Tilda Swinton, author Jonathan Safran Foer and others about their experiences in my Psych Central post Feeling Like A Fraud.
Dr. Valerie Young, who has studied this for years, says that for impostors self-doubt is chronic, but can be changed.
She refers to the book by Carol Dweck, Mindset, and says, “Our perceptions of what it takes to be competent, has a powerful impact on how you measure yourself and therefore how you approach achievement itself.”
Young has developed a program: Overcoming the Impostor Syndrome.