I am joined by my dear friend, Louisa Jewell, expert on self-doubt and self-confidence, author, professor, speaker, and founder of the Canadian Positive Psychology Association.
Louisa starts out by explaining why some self-doubt can actually be a good thing. Chronic self-doubt, self-doubt when there really is no justification for it, when it’s holding you back, this is when something needs to be done about it, when it needs to be released.
Louisa also addresses confidence, and in particular the action-oriented type of confidence called self-efficacy. In addition, Louisa and I discuss how self-efficacy relates to positive self-fulfilling prophecies.
Self-doubt and self-worth differ greatly between men and women, and Louisa shares her own theories as to why women tend to have more self-doubt than men, and what women can do about it to combat their own self-doubt.
She introduces Peace at 6, So What?, and some tools to start shifting one’s own beliefs from “I can’t” to “I can!” by gathering supporting evidence. Our brains naturally possess a negativity bias, and we discuss ways to combat that.
Building one’s competence is a great way to build your self-confidence, and there are always baby steps that you can take to build your competence. Break your goals into smaller, manageable tasks as a way to get started and start to feel success and forward progress.
Finally, Louisa and I discuss the socially-constructed nature of self-doubt, and how to handle the naysayers so they don’t feed into your self-doubt.
I end with Purpose Power Tips, which I offer at the end of every episode.
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May you live purposefully, may you love yourself, and may you love life.
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