Self-doubt and perfectionism are like two annoying roommates who never seem to leave. But don't worry, there is a way to get rid of them.
Yep, you heard me right. Self-doubt and perfectionism are not your friends. They're holding you back from achieving your full potential and building the wildly successful business of your dreams.
I know what you're thinking: "But Midori, self-doubt and perfectionism are just a part of being a woman entrepreneur, right?"
What is self-doubt and perfectionism?
Guess what - self-doubt and perfectionism are not inherent to being a woman entrepreneur. They're just blabbing voices in our heads that try to tell us that we're not good enough, smart enough, or strong enough to succeed.
The truth is, we're capable of so much more than we think!
We can build wildly successful businesses. And we can enjoy the journey along the way.
But only if we silence the annoying voices of self-doubt and perfectionism.
Here's the thing: self-doubt and perfectionism are silent killers. They don't make a lot of noise, but they can be incredibly destructive. They can hold us back from taking risks, starting our own businesses, and achieving our full potential.
Why are self-doubt and perfectionism so common among women entrepreneurs?
There are a number of reasons why self-doubt and perfectionism are so common among women entrepreneurs. One reason is that women are often socialized to be less assertive and less confident than men. This can lead to women doubting their abilities and feeling like they don't belong in the business world.
Another reason why self-doubt and perfectionism are common among women entrepreneurs is that women are often stereotyped as being less competent than men in business. Crazy, right?! This can lead to women feeling like they have to prove themselves and work harder to be taken seriously.
Finally, women entrepreneurs often face unique challenges, such as balancing work and family life and accessing funding. These challenges can lead to stress and overwhelm, which can make it difficult to overcome self-doubt and perfectionism.
Here are 5 tips to silence the voices of self-doubt and perfectionism:
- Recognize that self-doubt and perfectionism are normal. Everyone experiences them from time to time. The important thing is not to let them control you.
- Challenge your self-doubt to a fight. When you start to doubt yourself, ask yourself if your thoughts are based on reality or fear. If they're based on fear, challenge them with evidence to the contrary. Then kick their butt to the curb.
- Perfectionism is the enemy of progress. Don't let perfectionism stop you. If you wait until everything is perfect before you start something, you'll never get anything done. Remember, there is no such thing as a perfect business. Every business has its flaws. And that's okay.
- Celebrate your successes. I'm all about celebrating! No matter how small they seem, take the time to celebrate your accomplishments. This will help boost your confidence and triumph over self-doubt.
- Seek support. If you're struggling to overcome self-doubt and perfectionism on your own, seek support from a mentor, coach, or other women entrepreneurs.
If you're struggling with self-doubt and perfectionism, please know you're not alone. There are millions of us out here who are facing the same challenges. But together, we can overcome them.
So here's to silencing the voices of self-doubt and perfectionism, and building wildly successful businesses that we love!