Self doubt will creep into your career at some point in your journey. Let’s be real, at any point in your life. It can be like a bad cold that you get when you least expect it. Brewing in your body over time until all of a sudden you have a fever and you are bed ridden.
You may loose trust in yourself, question the choices that you have made; you may even question your knowledge base. Even with the highest level of degrees and experience, the most successful individual passes through this season at some point in their career. Often self-doubt isn’t self-inflicted, but provided by an outside source. Individuals who feel they have the right to question your abilities and express doubt towards your judgement.
How do you choose to deal with the skeptics? Manage the judgment, criticism or discouragement that tries to engulf you? Recently I came to one of those cross roads in my career where I encountered what you may call “shade” being thrown in my direction. I took a moment to check myself before that situation engulfed me and overwhelmed my psyche. If it was a few years ago, I would have probably unraveled and managed the situation poorly. With experience comes a level of maturity. Maturity also helps you utilize tools that assist facilitating manuvering out of self-doubt. Recently reading an article by tinybuddha.com, she mentioned 5 Steps to Deal with Self-Doubt:
- Ground yourself
- Balance the negative
- Take a break
- Nurture yourself
- Connect with others
With the aforementioned steps I initiate self-reflection with the question, “did you do the right thing?”. The following steps become a little easier when the first question is resolved, then the rest is less unsettling. Within the profession of athletic training there will always be individuals that will question your judgment (players, coaches, administration, etc..), but first and foremost doing the right thing should always be priority on your list. One thing I have learned is that when push comes to shove you have a better argument when you cover that bases first, knowledge and experience will get you even further.
What tools are in your tool box when you begin to wander to the dark side?
“When you doubt your power, you give power to your doubt.” ~Honore de Balzac