3 Kinds of Self-Doubt That Are Actually Signs of Success

3 Kinds of Self-Doubt That Are Actually Signs of Success

As an advocate for happiness, I also frequently acknowledge that no one will or should expect to be happy all the time.

It’s OK not to be OK.

A similar point can be made with regards to success.

Success isn’t about feeling confident and “smashing it” every minute of every day! We might feel like that some time, but we will, all of us, for various reasons, also have doubts and uncertainty.

And that’s not all bad as this Inc.com article by Jessica Stillman notes …

Success isn’t like temperature. There’s no measurement tool you can wave around and get an objective reading on exactly how successful you are. Success is self-defined, and there’s a lot of anecdotal evidence out there that many of us, including many outwardly successful entrepreneurs, are pretty lousy at judging our success

Humans are naturally wired to focus on the negative. That kept us alive back in the day when a lion could be lurking behind every bush. But today our tendency to overweight problems and take achievements for granted means that many people find themselves in the strange position of being pretty darn successful but still being blind to that success. 

Evaluating your success requires self-examination and reflection. But even that’s complicated. You might think that the successful are full of confidence and unbroken good cheer. But that’s not what science, experts, and even simple observation reveal. Some forms of mental discomfort actually signal success. If you feel them you should congratulate yourself on your progress not beat yourself up for your self-doubt. 

1. Intellectual humility. 

Remember back when you were a grumpy 14-year-old and you thought you knew everything and adults were all dumb and out of touch? Did you actually know everything then? 

We can all look back and laugh at our youthful arrogance, but it’s easy to forget to continue to remember you’re probably wrong a lot of the time as an adult too. Intellectual arrogance was silly when you were a teenager, but according to both a ton of science and some of the smartest people in business, it’s also silly when you’re grown. 

Being willing to doubt your beliefs and hear alternative viewpoints and fresh evidence is a sign of intelligence. This sort of intellectual humility helps you learn faster, spot fake news, connect openly and honestly with others, and become more tolerant of difference. Not being sure what you believe can be uncomfortable but it is also a sign of a mature mind…

… keep reading the full & original article HERE