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Self-Certainty, vs Self-Doubt

We’ve all had that feeling of self-doubt – doubt about who were are, what we’re doing, why we are where we are right now.

It might come up as nagging thoughts, that little voice in your head saying something like:

  • “I’m not supposed to be here, in this situation.”
  • “Was it a mistake in choosing/deciding x?”
  • “I can’t do this. I’m going to fail.”


It might also sneak into out lives at a deeper level, causing us to:

  • feel disconnected from what we’re doing
  • delay making any final decision
  • feel constantly drained of energy, just from doing what we do
  • constantly re-think and worry about decisions already made


The opposite of doubt is certainty. Feeling a deep sense of certainty in your identity, in your life’s story, in who you are and why you’re here – that is a powerful force.

Self-certainty is not to be confused with arrogance, vanity, or “being cocky”, which are just masking an underlying self-doubt.

Being self-assured in the decisions and actions we make, and in expressing our true character, comes from a base of strength. It means we’re comfortable in being challenged or questioned, leaving us open to new ideas and experience. Self-certainty can have a positive effect on those we engage with, putting them at ease with who you are, and maybe even inspiring them.


Want your input on making the change toward more self-certainty? I have a simple 2-question survey asking for your opinion on what is important in changing how self-certain you feel. I’m grateful for any responses given:


Published by WanderingMindfulness

The peripatetic psychologist - old wisdom, new perspectives 🐾️

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