Learning to work and walk through self doubt
In the last year I moved out of my comfort zone to handle content writing projects in niche industries I never heard of or had any interest in before I was hired - eSports, Supply Chain and more. Before every project, I've been plagued with second-guessing questions like Is this good enough? Will the client be happy with this? Will my manager like this work?An intention to be more time-conscious made me more aware of how much I procrastinate getting things done because of the feeling that I won't get it right. I also noticed that whenever I eventually ignored the doubt and started writing - it didn't magically become easier but I always regretted not starting out earlier.Self doubt steals your time. When you look at it closely, you'd see that the time spent thinking you are not good enough would have been better allocated to 📌Upskilling if it's really true that you can't do it. Take a professional course in the field.📌 Researching how others have done it. Thank you Google + YouTube.📌Asking someone (colleagues, boss, mentor) for help.📌Getting the first (often shitty) version done so you can get the corrections and move on fast.I spent a long time trying to learn how to to overcome impostor syndrome, now I'm learning to live with it and navigate through it. If I'm worried my work isn't good enough for magazine, I go ahead and research what they've previously published, craft the best possible pitch I can and email it anyway. If I get a no, I sulk over it, take the feedback I received and refine what I already did. I might also pitch it somewhere else because maybe it's just not a good fit. Frankly, it got boring at a point to keep seeing work out there that I knew I was equipped to do and wishing that it was my name on the byline. The goal is to keep moving while improving.What are the ways you overcome self-doubt when you are struggling?