Self-doubt is preventing me from making progress. I keep convincing myself I’m not intelligent enough for this so I shouldn’t bother. Do you have any advice for getting past this?

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It's okay to feel this way, and it's tough to change this mind set in STEM fields. One way to not let this get in the way of your progress is to treat progress as a job or task to do. If you do great work and other people see this too, then you are probably ready to move forward. So treat progress as a series of tasks that's part of your job and keep moving up! Gl friend!


This is great advice!

We all have fears and insecurities, but the most important thing is to know how to deal with them, your mind believes what you tell it, if you think you will not be enough, so it will be. Start from now to think that you are intelligent and completely fit to do this job.

Start by making a list of your accomplishments and that way you will realize how valuable you are. It is important to know that no accomplishment is small.

The first step is acknowledging that this is a common issue for many people and it's normal to feel this way. Secondly, try focusing on your strengths and remind yourself that you are capable of achieving your goals. It is all mental, not real

Don't be too hard on yourself, and practice self-compassion. Seek out support from friends or professionals if you need help getting past your self-doubt. It's something you can get rid of, don't worry

Try to identify the source of your doubt. Do you doubt your intelligence or your ability to complete the task at hand? Once you have identified the root of your doubt, you can start challenging it. For example, if you doubt your intelligence, ask yourself why you think you’re not smart enough for the task. What evidence do you have to support this belief? Once you start questioning your doubts, you may find that they aren’t as strong as you thought.

Build up your confidence by focusing on your strengths. Think about times when you were successful in the past, and remind yourself that you have the ability to do it again. It may also help to get some outside encouragement from friends or family members.

Everyone feels doubt at some point, and it's normal to feel uncertain about your abilities. Practice mindfulness and be willing to experiment with new strategies. The more you practice pushing through your doubts, the easier it will become.

You're definitely not alone. What I found worked best was to break things up into smaller pieces instead of focusing on the daunting big picture. Maybe I didn't have the confidence to believe I could accomplish X, but I KNOW I am smart enough to finish the writing I had to do that day. The confidence built over time.

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