Truth be told, it’s easy for business owners to succumb to degenerative, debilitating business disease called “self-doubt”. But it’s also wrong to assume that all successful, confident entrepreneurs never have any doubts — that they are decisive about every choice, never have regrets and always know what to do.

The fact is, even the most positive and passionate leaders, doubt themselves. As they climb the ladder of success, almost certainly they are haunted by indecision. A little doubt is normal then, for it prevents us from crossing the fine line between self-confidence and arrogance.

However, highly successful business leaders don’t let self-doubt stop them from overcoming challenges and reaching their goals.

These tips will help you conquer your self-doubt, and become a more confident business leader.

1. Know You Are Not Alone



First, acknowledge that everyone has doubts. Business leaders can easily feel as if they have nobody to lean on, let alone think that they are the only ones suffering from a lack of confidence.  When not addressed immediately, this “lonely” feeling at the top can affect the overall performance of their company. Talk to your team, engage with your network, and don’t be afraid to seek advice from a mentor or business coach.

2. Avoid Making Excuses



Self-doubt often makes us rationalise a situation to fit our emotional needs at that moment. We may be afraid to fail, afraid to look bad, afraid to take on more than we think we can handle. So, we become adept at making a lot of excuses for why an opportunity before us isn’t right.

As William Shakespeare says, “Our doubts are traitors, and make us lose the good we often might win, by fearing to attempt.” Think back on opportunities you turned down. What reasons did you give yourself? Where these valid reasons or just mere excuses?

Excuses are mental barriers we erect that hold us back. If you want to achieve your goals, you need to overcome those barriers and, get back on track.

3. Recall Your Past Successes



Running a business is a challenging endeavor, and there are many times when you’ll have a hard time remembering why you started. Keep from feeling discouraged by reminding yourself of times in the past when you were able to step up to a challenge and move forward. When you realise you’ve done it before, it will help you to remind yourself that you can—and will—accomplish this one, too.

4. Stop Seeking Validation



There’s a fine line between seeking advice and seeking validation. Seeking others’ input and advice is helpful. However, if you always ask others what they think before making decisions on important matters, you might be losing your faith in yourself.

For instance, if you’re working on a presentation, setting up a website or undertaking a new project, and you continue to change what you have created based on the feedback you receive, you might end up losing your voice and the end product becomes a diluted version of you. Take some advice, but at some point, decide on what feels right to you.

5. Trust Your Gut and Face Your Fears



Finally, do not let fear or self-doubt dictate how you lead your life or operate your business. In Disrupt! Think Epic! Be Epic!, author Bill Jensen outlines the 25 successful habits of 100 contemporary heroes—people who found ways to cut through the complexity of today’s ever-changing environments to do extraordinary things.

The quality driving the majority of the best practices for these 100 entrepreneurs is “Trusting Your Gut and Values.” As time progresses, we are called upon to make quick decisions with very little information. When you know what you stand for and what is important to you, it becomes easier to make decisions that are aligned with your values, with what matters to you.

Know yourself and regularly evaluate the worst-case scenarios as well as the risk-reward ratio and face the things that scare you head-on.

If you need a business coach that is just as invested in your success as you are and someone that can help you overcome your self-doubt, contact Business Coaches Sydney today at 1300-833-574 or send an email to


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Garret Norris

Garret is the founder and CEO of Business Coaches Sydney and through his company, remains dedicated as ever to use his training and real life business experience to meet his passion to see business succeed through disciplined management, creative marketing and committed client service.