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For many years while growing up, I doubted myself. Am I good enough? Is this the right decision? Will people reject me if I voice my opinions? The fear kept me on toes. There were fleeting moments when I would trust myself. But more often than not, I was critical. I was my own worst enemy.

As wisdom set in with age and experience, things slowly began to change. I began to believe in myself a bit more. I began to see that I was worthwhile. I thought back to times when I overcame obstacles and criticism. I looked back at achievements that were contrary to the beliefs of what some school teachers thought I’d ever be capable of. It felt good. It was equivalent to sticking up my middle finger to these people who fed the self-doubt for years on end.

Now that I have hit 30, I believe in myself so much more. I believe I am capable of change. I believe I am okay living life independently. I believe I am capable of moving out of my comfort zone. I believe I am a competent enough psychologist who is willing to learn and grow. I believe in my public speaking capacity. I believe that even if my opinions differ from others, I am entitled to them. I believe I am a capable and confident woman.

And my belief in myself shows.

It shows in the way I carry myself, the way I dress, the way I speak, the way I write. It comes across in my laugh and smile, in the passion when I stand up for my beliefs and the people I befriend.

My belief in myself shines through as I am willing to experience all that life has to offer me.

I want to believe.

How hard or easy has it been for you to believe in yourself?Β 

Do share!!

***This post is part of the April A to Z Challenge and the Ultimate Blog Challenge. You can read my previous posts here***

Until next time,

Cheers!!!

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  • Ananya Kiran
    April 2, 2014 at 7:28 am

    Every time I tried to believe in myself, there were many factors which let me down. After living a life of an introvert through my school days, I began to break the myth of disbelief that surrounded me. I began to look past the insecurities and started believing in myself. It didn’t happen overnight, But Yes today I can say “I believe in Myself “and its a beautiful feeling to see others around you do too.
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    • Psych Babbler
      April 2, 2014 at 11:25 am

      It’s so hard when other people’s beliefs about us impacts on how we view our self, isn’t it? Thanks for sharing your story Ananya!

  • Ananya Kiran
    April 2, 2014 at 7:28 am

    Every time I tried to believe in myself, there were many factors which let me down. After living a life of an introvert through my school days, I began to break the myth of disbelief that surrounded me. I began to look past the insecurities and started believing in myself. It didn’t happen overnight, But Yes today I can say “I believe in Myself “and its a beautiful feeling to see others around you do too.
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    • Psych Babbler
      April 2, 2014 at 11:25 am

      It’s so hard when other people’s beliefs about us impacts on how we view our self, isn’t it? Thanks for sharing your story Ananya!

  • swathi shenoy
    April 2, 2014 at 10:35 am

    Am still in the process of learning to believe! hope some day i wil believe in myself completely too.. nice read πŸ™‚

    • Psych Babbler
      April 2, 2014 at 11:26 am

      It takes time but it happens eventually Swathi if we can force ourselves to change things around…

  • swathi shenoy
    April 2, 2014 at 10:35 am

    Am still in the process of learning to believe! hope some day i wil believe in myself completely too.. nice read πŸ™‚

    • Psych Babbler
      April 2, 2014 at 11:26 am

      It takes time but it happens eventually Swathi if we can force ourselves to change things around…

  • floodproofmum
    April 2, 2014 at 11:09 am

    I love where you are heading for this challenge. I still have moments of self-doubt, mostly when I dwell on what other people may think. which I know is wrong. So glad you are comfortable and believe in yourself πŸ™‚
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    • Psych Babbler
      April 2, 2014 at 11:27 am

      It’s taken years Tanya and even now there are moments of self-doubt but I need to trust myself more.

  • floodproofmum
    April 2, 2014 at 11:09 am

    I love where you are heading for this challenge. I still have moments of self-doubt, mostly when I dwell on what other people may think. which I know is wrong. So glad you are comfortable and believe in yourself πŸ™‚
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    • Psych Babbler
      April 2, 2014 at 11:27 am

      It’s taken years Tanya and even now there are moments of self-doubt but I need to trust myself more.

  • Corinne Rodrigues
    April 2, 2014 at 11:14 am

    I have suffered from self-doubt for ages, PB. And it’s only when I reached my forties that things began to change . Even now, there are times I struggle with this and that’s where affirmations and self-talk come in.
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    • Psych Babbler
      April 2, 2014 at 11:29 am

      Self-talk is so crucial isn’t it? It helps to fight the talk by others too… Thanks for sharing Corinne!

  • Corinne Rodrigues
    April 2, 2014 at 11:14 am

    I have suffered from self-doubt for ages, PB. And it’s only when I reached my forties that things began to change . Even now, there are times I struggle with this and that’s where affirmations and self-talk come in.
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    • Psych Babbler
      April 2, 2014 at 11:29 am

      Self-talk is so crucial isn’t it? It helps to fight the talk by others too… Thanks for sharing Corinne!

  • Rajlakshmi
    April 2, 2014 at 11:47 am

    That’s awesome girl πŸ™‚ truly inspiring… I do believe in myself… I know I have zero sense of direction yet I venture out, because I know I will find a way somehow πŸ™‚
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    • Psych Babbler
      April 2, 2014 at 11:52 am

      πŸ™‚ Thanks…that’s good to know you have so much belief in yourself. πŸ™‚

  • Rajlakshmi
    April 2, 2014 at 11:47 am

    That’s awesome girl πŸ™‚ truly inspiring… I do believe in myself… I know I have zero sense of direction yet I venture out, because I know I will find a way somehow πŸ™‚
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    • Psych Babbler
      April 2, 2014 at 11:52 am

      πŸ™‚ Thanks…that’s good to know you have so much belief in yourself. πŸ™‚

  • Patricia Lynne
    April 2, 2014 at 12:06 pm

    I think I’ve actually gotten worse at believing in myself as I aged. Or I’ve just become more neurotic. Not too sure. Hmm….

  • Patricia Lynne
    April 2, 2014 at 12:06 pm

    I think I’ve actually gotten worse at believing in myself as I aged. Or I’ve just become more neurotic. Not too sure. Hmm….

    • Psych Babbler
      April 2, 2014 at 7:49 pm

      Oh Patricia…sometimes our brains can drive us nuts! Hope you do start believing in yourself again…

  • Danny Simon
    April 2, 2014 at 12:36 pm

    Didn’t believe in myself till a couple of years ago and realized that many people don’t either…Been helping them with that! People can go a long way if they truly believed in themselves…Great post!
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  • Danny Simon
    April 2, 2014 at 12:36 pm

    Didn’t believe in myself till a couple of years ago and realized that many people don’t either…Been helping them with that! People can go a long way if they truly believed in themselves…Great post!
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    • Psych Babbler
      April 2, 2014 at 7:50 pm

      Thanks for sharing your views Danny…it’s so essential isn’t it? And sometimes, people just need a push

  • richa singh
    April 2, 2014 at 1:15 pm

    Such a bright morning read πŸ™‚ There was a time I had almost lost all my confidence and will to succeed, there in a friend suggested that I start writing. Make notes of what I actually want to be… there has been no looking back…
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    • Psych Babbler
      April 2, 2014 at 7:51 pm

      That’s an amazing story from your life Richa…thanks for sharing! πŸ™‚ So glad your friend encouraged you…sometimes we need a helping hand.

  • Beloo Mehra
    April 2, 2014 at 1:43 pm

    Very well said, PB! We have to believe in that inner guide which guides us, and let those doubts rest. Not always easy but it must be done. Often the pre-conceived notions and biased judgments of others and our own come in the way. I look forward to more of such insightful posts from you.
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    • Psych Babbler
      April 2, 2014 at 8:22 pm

      Thanks Beloo…it is not always easy…as you said, we are constantly around people who do bring us down sometimes. Thanks for sharing… πŸ™‚

  • Obsessivemom
    April 2, 2014 at 1:45 pm

    Hard hard hard.. it’s so hard to believe in yourself. There are so many talented people around it’s easy to compare yourself with them and come out at a disadvantage!! Sigh! I need constant reassurance specially if I’m trying out something new. And then there’s stuff I KNOW I’m good at and that’s that! So it’s all a bit mixed up.
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  • Prasanna Rao
    April 2, 2014 at 2:33 pm

    I’m still in the process of believing myself. There are some days that I am confident about myself and feel as if I’m on cloud nine and then some days the feeling of worthlessness surrounds me. Yeah, I’m wok in progress πŸ˜‰

    • Psych Babbler
      April 2, 2014 at 8:29 pm

      Welcome here Prasanna…oh I agree there are days when self-doubt will resurface its ugly head. I have those too…more so professionally. But I reckon we are all works in progress. πŸ™‚ Thanks for sharing your story!

  • Debbie
    April 2, 2014 at 2:36 pm

    There’s always a little bit of self-doubt hidden somewhere in the depths of my mind, but, I think that’s helpful, in some ways. Makes me think and strive to do better! πŸ™‚
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  • Eccentricity
    April 2, 2014 at 2:36 pm

    Excellent blog. πŸ™‚ And yes, I do believe in myself too.
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    • Psych Babbler
      April 2, 2014 at 8:33 pm

      Welcome here Eccentricity! Thanks and great to know you believe in yourself!

  • Proactive Indian
    April 2, 2014 at 3:14 pm

    I know some people who generally believe in themselves (I’m one of them), and many people who are regularly, if not constantly plagued by self-doubt.
    I think belief in oneself, or lack of it, is instilled into a person during childhood by family, teachers and other influencers.
    Of course, change is definitely possible in later years.
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    • Psych Babbler
      April 2, 2014 at 9:05 pm

      I agree Proactive Indian…the messages we get from those who are important in our lives can influence us in many ways. But it is hopeful to know that change is possible! πŸ™‚

  • S(t)ri
    April 2, 2014 at 3:42 pm

    I love commenting on your blog. It automatically fills my details!!! πŸ˜› <3

    Btw, the post was much needed for me. I was having a lot of doubts. Will I be a good author? Am I a good daughter? Will I make a lovely wife? Well, I am now believing that I will be one!! Belief is the starting point, ain't it?
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    • Psych Babbler
      April 2, 2014 at 9:06 pm

      Haha…I love blogs that do that too! πŸ˜€

      I am glad this post was helpful…your mind will constantly bring self-doubt to the front and it’s important to not listen to all your mind has to say to you!

  • sugandha
    April 2, 2014 at 4:06 pm

    I still get phases of self doubts and desperation…it takes a lot of practice to begin to believe in yourself. Good that you can, sign of growing up.
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    • Psych Babbler
      April 2, 2014 at 9:44 pm

      I am with you on that Sugandha…there are moments when self-doubt resurfaces and it takes a lot of effort to let go of it…

  • Sfurti Juztamom
    April 2, 2014 at 4:38 pm

    Loved it. So true if you believe in yourself others will follow. To answer your question…It is easy for me to believe in myself. Ofcourse there are times when I question but these are relatively questions with easier answers. And like you my belief in myself is getting more and more strong since I have reached the magical thirties. πŸ™‚
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    • Psych Babbler
      April 3, 2014 at 4:27 am

      Thanks for your views Sfurti! Oh yeah…there are definitely days when I question too…but as you said, you do get better at challenging it. πŸ™‚

  • Aditi
    April 2, 2014 at 4:47 pm

    Self doubt I face every now and then but they say you are your best critique and motivator. Self love and acceptance has helped me become more confident and fearless!
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    • Psych Babbler
      April 3, 2014 at 4:37 am

      Best critique? I reckon we can be our harshest or worst πŸ˜‰ I am glad though that self-love has helped…it’s so important!

  • Shailajav
    April 2, 2014 at 4:47 pm

    I started reading and recalled your ‘Public speaking’ post and was so glad to see it linked a bit later in the post πŸ™‚

    As I said then, I say again, You are more than good enough. You are great πŸ™‚ Love you πŸ™‚
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    • Psych Babbler
      April 3, 2014 at 4:38 am

      πŸ™‚ Aw…that means a lot that you thought about that post! πŸ˜€ Thank you Shailaja!

  • Sheethal
    April 2, 2014 at 5:26 pm

    I was better when I was a kid, never had the prob in believing in myself…. but as years passed at times it seemed to be such a struggle… but not impossible! πŸ™‚

    • simple girl
      April 2, 2014 at 6:18 pm

      me too.. why re ? πŸ™
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      • Psych Babbler
        April 3, 2014 at 4:41 am

        That’s because we think more…stupid brains of ours!

    • Psych Babbler
      April 3, 2014 at 4:39 am

      You know why Sheetal? Because we have the capacity to think more…to over-analyse. I was super-confident till I was about 11 and then self-doubt struck after a few negative experiences and over thinking. It sucks but it is workable. πŸ™‚

  • nabanita
    April 2, 2014 at 5:41 pm

    When I was in school I was petrified of speaking infront of an audience, infact a number of times I just stood there on stage..But as I began working I felt myself grow..I’m scared still but I can speak no matter what…I’m not afraid in engaging in activities and meeting new people…I’m more confident…In so many ways I think I’m a better version of my school-self… And yes it’s all about believing in oneself…Our own version of ourself and not someone elses!
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    • Psych Babbler
      April 3, 2014 at 4:39 am

      That’s so great to hear your journey Naba…glad you have more belief in yourself! πŸ˜€

  • simple girl
    April 2, 2014 at 6:18 pm

    For me the situation is different. No one has ever expressed or fed any self doubt in me. But that did not stop me from feeding myself with doubts and negativity. It is difficult to overcome but I am trying my best..
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    • Psych Babbler
      April 3, 2014 at 4:40 am

      Sometimes the messages don’t have to be from people you know Simple Girl…it can be from the media in the form of who they think you should be and your self-doubt starts if you don’t live up to media standards. It is hard but it is possible…sometimes forcing your mind to shut up is a good start! πŸ˜€

  • Soumya
    April 2, 2014 at 7:22 pm

    We all have such phases, but you need to believe in yourself to get out of it. Else no point moving on with life. Because unless you believe in yourself, no one else will.

    Great post here PB! I’m proud of you too πŸ™‚
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    • Psych Babbler
      April 3, 2014 at 4:42 am

      Aw thanks Soumya! I concur about needing to first believe yourself to get out of that funk of self-doubt…it’s an effort we need to make to make our lives worth living

  • Mi
    April 2, 2014 at 7:38 pm

    There have been times when I haven’t believed enough in myself. I doubt myself a lot. But I am like that, i think, i begin with self doubt and then go ahead and achieve something that I thought i wouldn’t have been able to do.

    this was a very inspiring post! πŸ™‚ thanks for writing this!
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    • Psych Babbler
      April 3, 2014 at 4:43 am

      You do doubt yourself a lot — at least in some of your posts Mi πŸ™‚ But you need to use your achievements to challenge any other upcoming self-doubts. You are so worth it! πŸ™‚

  • Cat
    April 2, 2014 at 7:57 pm

    Love your post about believing in yourself. YOU GO, GIRL! That really is the key, isn’t it? I’ve felt my confidence go down since I got laid off my job years ago and became a stay at home parent. While it’s been great creatively, I’ve found it hard on the self esteem in other ways. Your post has reminded me to keep believing in my self and that I am much more than just a person with a high powered career making big bucks. Sometimes the pressures to make money and get ahead in our society weigh heavily on me and I lose confidence in myself. It seems that society values these things way too much. I must keep believing in my self worth no matter what! Thanks for a great post, PB!
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    • Psych Babbler
      April 3, 2014 at 4:44 am

      Getting laid off would be hard. But as you said, it can help in other ways. Society makes us think about things in a certain manner and pressures us to live up to certain standards that can in fact be difficult for most of us! Thanks for sharing your journey Cat…so helpful! πŸ˜€

  • Bhavya
    April 2, 2014 at 8:08 pm

    Self doubt has been my companion for ages and I am still trying to end my relationship with it.

    Ishithaa
    #AtoZChallenge
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    • Psych Babbler
      April 3, 2014 at 4:44 am

      Hope you break-up soon Bhavya! πŸ™‚

  • Suzy
    April 2, 2014 at 8:47 pm

    I was a shy, timid, diffident, self doubting kid and teenager. then slowly that belief in self started to shine through – it’s transformational. Awesome post and so inspirational. You go girl.
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    • Psych Babbler
      April 3, 2014 at 4:45 am

      It takes effort but is so worth it, isn’t it Suzy? πŸ™‚ Thanks for sharing your experience…

  • Neelam Dadhwal
    April 2, 2014 at 9:13 pm

    I believe new developments cause us to be introvert till we develop expertise. The times are always challenging.

    Good post.
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    • Psych Babbler
      April 3, 2014 at 4:46 am

      Thanks Neelam…sure, new situations can be quite scary for most of us but self-doubt only hampers the path to becoming an expert in that new area… πŸ™‚

  • belindareger
    April 2, 2014 at 9:16 pm

    It feels so good to believe in yourself and in the things you want to do but it takes time and effort.
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    • Psych Babbler
      April 3, 2014 at 4:47 am

      Definitely takes time and effort Belinda! Nothing worth having comes easy I suppose… πŸ˜€

  • Nibha
    April 2, 2014 at 9:33 pm

    It’s been never easy to believe in myself! Rightly said, we often become our greatest critics and biggest enemy! But we should always keep believing in ourselves and faith in God!
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    • Psych Babbler
      April 3, 2014 at 4:47 am

      We need to use our past achievements to challenge our present self-doubts…hard to do but worthwhile nevertheless…

  • Angela Christina Archer
    April 2, 2014 at 10:04 pm

    For the most part, I believe in myself. But, with that said, I have moments were doubt rears it’s ugliness. Kuddos to you!! πŸ™‚

    • Psych Babbler
      April 3, 2014 at 4:50 am

      Oh I have moments of self-doubt too…I think we all do! No one is perfect. But yes, it’s an effort to move past that…

  • Nick
    April 2, 2014 at 10:14 pm

    People always doubt themselves. It’s just human nature.
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    • Psych Babbler
      April 3, 2014 at 4:51 am

      Yes but we need to challenge it sometimes especially if it is interfering with our lives

  • Ana Ahmed
    April 2, 2014 at 10:15 pm

    You are so right babe! it is extremely important to believe in yourself. I used to think i couldn’t fulfill my dreams i am a huge day dreamer and have so much going on in my mind. but i used to get depressed thinking that maybe i cant do it bu then i started believing in myself and thank God, 2 of my ventures are starting out wonderfully.
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    • Psych Babbler
      April 3, 2014 at 4:52 am

      Thank you for sharing your story Ana…I’m so glad you pushed on and are now seeing capability… πŸ™‚

  • Cheryl Malandrinos
    April 2, 2014 at 10:34 pm

    What a wonderful post. I believe in myself in certain situations. I cope with more self-doubt than I would like, but definitely less than when I was younger.
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    • Psych Babbler
      April 3, 2014 at 4:53 am

      It does seem to be something that gets worse, then better with age… πŸ™‚

  • PeeVeeβ„’
    April 2, 2014 at 10:36 pm

    I think it takes courage to go from someone who doubts oneself to someone who can chin up and face the world, fueled on by one’s own confidence.
    Kudos πŸ™‚
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    • Psych Babbler
      April 3, 2014 at 5:01 am

      Oh it does too…you might need to wait for tomorrow’s post for a bit more on that πŸ˜‰

  • Chai a Cup of Life
    April 2, 2014 at 11:05 pm

    I guess as a psychologist you would be self analysing yourself and your thoughts! Sometimes I think I believed in myself more as a younger girl during teenage years/early twenties-possibly more naive? However, as cliched as it may sound, I am more comfortable with myself now and know my abilities and believe if I work hard, I can.
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    • Psych Babbler
      April 3, 2014 at 5:02 am

      Oh my goodness…psych can be a pro and a con…helps me but also makes me self-diagnose and over-pathologise! πŸ˜€

      I do think as we grow older, we do become more comfortable in our skins knowing that we have come this far… πŸ™‚

  • Sreeja
    April 2, 2014 at 11:10 pm

    Self doubt is the worst enemy, and belief is the best antedoete πŸ™‚ Superb point carried foth, PB πŸ™‚
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    • Psych Babbler
      April 3, 2014 at 5:03 am

      That’s brilliantly put Sreeja! Thanks for that… πŸ™‚

  • Modern Gypsy
    April 3, 2014 at 12:19 am

    This is something I’m still working on….but I am getting better at it! Love the photograph!!

    Dropping by from the A to Z Challenge πŸ™‚
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    • Psych Babbler
      April 3, 2014 at 5:03 am

      Thanks Modern Gypsy! It’s always a work in progress I reckon

  • Maanne Lopez
    April 3, 2014 at 12:54 am

    Believe πŸ™‚ I want to share a quote from my favourite cartoon:
    “The only thing that’s impossible is impossibility”
    – Phineas and Ferb
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    • Psych Babbler
      April 3, 2014 at 5:08 am

      I love Phineas and Ferb and they are amazing examples of believing in yourself no matter who is trying to bring you down! πŸ˜€

  • Kimberly Gauthier
    April 3, 2014 at 12:56 am

    Blogging has really helped me with my confidence and communication and I’ve never believed in myself more than I do today. Having a topic that is important to me helps a lot, because I’ll speak up to defend and protect our dogs – and social media has done a great job of showing me what works and what doesn’t work when it comes to communication.

    This is something I struggled with most of my life, but I’m happy to finally start seeing the light at the end of a long tunnel and I love being opinionated πŸ™‚
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    • Psych Babbler
      April 3, 2014 at 5:13 am

      That’s an amazing journey you have had Kimberly…thank you for sharing! Social media I think has been a great confidence boost for so many of us who previously might have been unable to voice our opinions!

  • Heather
    April 3, 2014 at 12:56 am

    I try to believe in myself … and when I fail, my husband is there to help remind me. It is so important to remember you can do it because you never know if you will have anyone else there to push you. (visiting from Birdcage Media – A to Z Challenge)

    • Psych Babbler
      April 3, 2014 at 12:55 pm

      It’s always nice to have someone supportive in our lives that reminds us of how worthwhile we are! πŸ™‚

  • Cathy Dean
    April 3, 2014 at 1:12 am

    I used to be riddled with self-doubt and fear but I worked hard on myself and now I spend my life helping others to overcome those same blocks because I know that at the heart of each and every one of us is something wonderful. Good for you, keep doing what you’re doing. Love the blog πŸ˜‰
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    • Psych Babbler
      April 3, 2014 at 1:31 pm

      That’s amazing to hear you are trying to help others overcome this evil Cathy…thanks for sharing your story. πŸ™‚

  • Lisa Williams
    April 3, 2014 at 1:16 am

    Awesome post! The older I’ve gotten the more I believe in myself and to me, it’s very liberating.
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    • Psych Babbler
      April 3, 2014 at 2:15 pm

      I think we do get to know ourselves better the older we grow Lisa and that certainly helps in our self-belief. πŸ™‚
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  • vishalbheeroo
    April 3, 2014 at 1:50 am

    B for Believe. We were in the same boat and always looked to others nod or approval. Today, I am happy I live life on my own terms. Wayy to go and respect:)
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    • Psych Babbler
      April 5, 2014 at 9:57 pm

      Good on you for living your life on your terms Vishal! πŸ™‚

  • Kathy
    April 3, 2014 at 1:51 am

    When I was growing up, I never believed in myself. Even now I often struggle to believe in myself. I believe more in God and his ability to help guide me in everything, to give me the courage to try, and in the end belief in myself.

    • Psych Babbler
      April 5, 2014 at 9:58 pm

      That’s a lovely way to inspire belief in yourself too Kathy! πŸ™‚

  • Towharmony
    April 3, 2014 at 2:03 am

    So true PB! Believing in yourself is sometimes all you have to rely on.

    Your acceptance and belief posts could be part of the Autism Acceptance month theme too. Looking forward to the days to come πŸ™‚

    • Psych Babbler
      April 5, 2014 at 10:06 pm

      That’s great that these two could have been part of Autism acceptance month. Maybe an idea for next year?

  • PNA
    April 3, 2014 at 2:28 am

    Ah! I find that belief in our selves is something we have to work on daily. Belief and then resilience to get back to the state of supreme belief when undone in someway…
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    • Psych Babbler
      April 5, 2014 at 10:07 pm

      Oh most certainly PNA…it’s a work in progress all the time. We will have setbacks and need to challenge the negative beliefs to get back on track!

  • Kris
    April 3, 2014 at 2:33 am

    I love your post! It really is a shame that we can’t come in to our confidence at a younger age, but the good news is that it continues to grow. I definitely give the middle finger to those that don’t believe in me.
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    • Psych Babbler
      April 6, 2014 at 10:11 am

      Thanks for sharing Kris! I agree…it would be nice if we could have that confidence during our teens and twenties…but at least, all is not lost! πŸ™‚

  • Sitara Nair
    April 3, 2014 at 2:37 am

    Agree with you to the T
    And yes I also share the same feelings of lacking self confidence…..and slowly realising my potential
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    • Psych Babbler
      April 6, 2014 at 10:09 am

      That’s great to hear you are realisinng your potential Sitara and fighting that inner critic… πŸ™‚

  • sunila
    April 3, 2014 at 3:01 am

    Such an important trait to inculcate ,nurture and develop to let our self shine through, great post πŸ™‚

    • Psych Babbler
      April 6, 2014 at 10:09 am

      Thanks Sunila…it is so very important! And so worth it! πŸ™‚

  • Vidya Sury
    April 3, 2014 at 3:06 am

    While I was confident about many things, there were times I would hesitate to initiate things. I needed an extra push, which my Mom was always around to give. We had a great relationship and I could tell her anything. Over time, of course I improved, but every once in a while, self-doubt sets in. I am happy to say my inner critic sulks in a corner most of the time now πŸ˜€

    Love this post, Psych! β™₯
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    • Psych Babbler
      April 6, 2014 at 10:08 am

      It’s so great that your mum was the voice that countered some of the self-doubt Vidya! Thanks for sharing your story… πŸ™‚

  • Kajal
    April 3, 2014 at 4:10 am

    Such a strong and wonderful post, this is PB!

    Yes, my journey has not been an easy one in self discovery but its so damn worth it. Yes, it took me time to believe in myself but am glad am there now and feel so much more empowered πŸ™‚ Great writing!
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    • Psych Babbler
      April 6, 2014 at 10:07 am

      Thanks Kajal! Self-discovery is always hard, isn’t it? But once we know ourselves better, life becomes so worthwhile…

  • Garima
    April 3, 2014 at 4:15 am

    A very lively blog….colors, pictures, quotes, text and ‘coffee’, it has everything that makes you keep your eyes open πŸ™‚
    Landed up here through AtoZ, I can very well connect with your post my yesterday’s post was something on the same lines. The process of self realization is so dynamic that no matter if it is you in center or someone else, it makes you feel better. So while I was reading your post, I felt happy for you!

    Stay blessed,
    Garima

    • Psych Babbler
      April 6, 2014 at 9:54 am

      Welcome here Garima and thanks for the lovely comment! I do agree about feeling happy for someone when they believe in themselves or are courageous to take risks and change their lives… πŸ™‚ Hopping over to your space now…

  • Zita
    April 3, 2014 at 6:53 am

    Oh at times it is so hard to believe in myself… And seem to be full of self doubt and worries.. Wish I could just let it all go!!
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    • Psych Babbler
      April 3, 2014 at 6:55 am

      Oh there’s definitely moments of self doubt when triggered… I doubt we completely let go. But as long as we keep reminding ourselves to bounce back…I think that’s important.

  • Monica
    April 3, 2014 at 8:31 am

    A really good post for a week when I’m riddled with self doubt. I suppose on another day I would have answered the question differently. I must admit it has got easier over the years but I think it will always be ‘work in progress’. πŸ™‚

    Thanks, PB.
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    • Psych Babbler
      April 6, 2014 at 9:20 am

      Totally concur Monica — it’s always a work in progress but we need to give ourselves timely reminders! πŸ™‚

  • Amrit Rukhaiyaar
    April 3, 2014 at 8:41 am

    great post…

    I believe it’s a natural thing that every kid face during teenage and school… then in college, people learn to open up and debate and argue or discuss, this thing finally reaches to wisdom when you leave college… that you learn to decide and believe in the choices you make…

    Amritt
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    • Psych Babbler
      April 6, 2014 at 7:09 am

      Certainly Amrit…I think self-doubt plagues us often…even as adults. And it’s a work in progress to challenge it and live the best possible life we can

  • Shail
    April 3, 2014 at 6:03 pm

    Only when one believes in oneself do the rest of the things click into place. Love your post.
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    • Psych Babbler
      April 5, 2014 at 10:10 pm

      I love that quote too Shail! Thanks…

  • Shesha Chaturvedi
    April 3, 2014 at 6:34 pm

    Such a confident post… πŸ™‚ Believe in yourself challenging the self doubts, passing the odd tests and winning at last πŸ™‚
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    • Psych Babbler
      April 5, 2014 at 10:09 pm

      Welcome here Shesha…thanks for the lovely comment! πŸ™‚

  • Jas
    April 3, 2014 at 8:12 pm

    I think we all self-doubt at one point or the other in our lives. Some more often and some not. I doubt myself a lot and have to keep encouraging myself.
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    • Psych Babbler
      April 5, 2014 at 10:09 pm

      Our minds are constantly going to tell us negative things about ourselves Jas and yes, it’s a work in progress to keep the encouragement going!

  • A Writer
    April 6, 2014 at 4:38 am

    I am new to blogosphere…how true it is!it literally game me the strength…

    • Psych Babbler
      April 6, 2014 at 10:12 am

      Welcome to blogsphere A Writer! And to this space! Do leave us a link so we can all check out your space… πŸ™‚

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