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How to Overcome Self-Doubt

Normally, I post my Simple Living News Update and video blog on Friday. But I’m leaving for Fishtrap tomorrow. In addition, I’ve received a lot of questions about how to overcome self-doubt and fear this week. So I decided to post my update sooner, rather than later. 🙂

For those of you who can’t watch the video, here’s a quick summary of my talk . . .

Even if you’re a chronic worrier like me, there are strategies you can use to overcome self-doubt. Here are a few that I use everyday.

1. Start small. I’m a huge believer in micro-actions. By taking one small step everyday, you can accomplish big projects.  For example, if you’re a writer make time to write. For instance, I write 2,000 words everyday. Most of the writing isn’t very good. But it’s a start. I can edit that content for my book or blog posts.

Taking the time to start and finish a project can help you overcome self-doubt.

2. Open your mind and read a few good books. Right now I’m reading a fantastic book called The Element. It’s full of tips, tools and stories that will inspire you to pursue your dreams.

3. Connect to your community. Volunteering benefits your community and you. It turns out that community-based work makes people very happy and it’s one way to keep your self-doubt in perspective.

Read: How to Overcome Self-Doubt & Start Contributing

Now onto the news . . .

You’ve Won the Lottery. Didn’t You Get the Memo?

“I don’t mean to be too brash today, but damn it, we really are so lucky. Yes, we all have our own problems —every human being on Earth suffers. It seems absurd to me that someone living in the United States or Europe could go hungry, but I know that it does happen, and that is incredibly sad.

The difference for most of us, though, is that our problems exist on another plane from the rest of the world—a plane where neither outcome, success or failure, affects our quality of life as drastically as it does for others. We’re free to take the risks that will improve our lives because our most basic needs are met. It’s too bad that has to be a luxury.”

How the Internet gets inside us

“If you’re going to give the printed book, or any other machine-made thing, credit for all the good things that have happened, you have to hold it accountable for the bad stuff, too. The Internet may make for more freedom a hundred years from now, but there’s no historical law that says it has to.

. . . Our trouble is not the over-all absence of smartness but the intractable power of pure stupidity, and no machine, or mind, seems extended enough to cure that.”

Old-Fashioned Augmented Humanity

“Like a cheesy sci-fi movie, the cyborg built on the strength of humanity will beat the cyborg tricked out with the latest technological innovations any day.”

Cool Stuff

New eBooks

I haven’t had a chance to read these eBooks yet, but I know the authors. Both Melissa and Christianna are amazing individuals! Check out their books and blogs.


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  • Brenda February 24, 2011, 3:27 pm

    The volunteer high is amazing! It’s amazing how giving to others instantly lifts your spirits. This past January for my 30th birthday I started a new volunteer opportunity teaching low income people how to cook healthy and sustainable meals. Not only do I feel amazing after I volunteer, but I am learning so much about food and myself as an instructor.

  • Heather February 24, 2011, 8:03 pm

    I usually try to turn self doubt into a form of entertainment. “Look at me and how ridiculous my silly brain is!” But sometimes (most of the time) it’s not so fun. I will try to remember your tips.

    Good luck at Fishtrap! You’ll be awesome!

  • Paul Strobl February 25, 2011, 6:12 am

    Hey Tammy! Great stuff. I wrote a short piece awhile back about dealing with negative self-talk that I thought could be useful here 🙂


    Saludos from Buenos Aires!


  • Melissa Gorzelanczyk February 25, 2011, 6:21 am

    Love your tip about writing 2,000 words everyday. I’m going to start doing that! I already know the power of getting started. Sometimes that is the hardest part. The actual work gets easier after that. (*sometimes*)

    Thanks for the ebook link love. Have fun at Fishtrap!


  • Domestic Kate February 25, 2011, 8:19 am

    I love, love, LOVE Ken Robinson. The Element was good, but I actually prefer his lectures on TED. He’s really inspired me over the past several months in both my personal life and professional (it helps that I’m a teacher).

  • James February 25, 2011, 1:36 pm


    Thank you for this timely and relevant post!



  • Anon February 26, 2011, 1:10 pm

    Thanks for the 100 link! Going to be fun to peruse.

  • Sandra Pawula February 26, 2011, 6:13 pm


    I love your idea of “micro-actions.” Your commitment to write 2,000 words a day is a great inspiration. I love to write and if I look at it that way, I could probably manage that goal easily. Thanks for your inspiration.

  • Tonja March 11, 2011, 8:52 am

    You always remind me so much of me, Tammy! Thanks for sharing. I really struggle with overcoming self-doubt.

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