This has lead to a lot of second-guessing and overthinking in the writing process. To the point that it has taken me months to decide on a name, and I have pushed the release date out twice from my original goal.
And this is just one area of my writing, and one area of my life, in which I doubt myself.
Do you ever doubt yourself?
Simply put, self-doubt is a lack of confidence in oneself and one’s abilities.
Self-doubt can show up in many ways…
Self-doubt is a form of insecurity.
It is a belief that in some way I’m not good enough and don’t have what it takes, which causes a lack of confidence when facing responsibilities and opportunities.
Self-doubt can be caused by:
The Biblical Antidote
The Biblical antidote to self-doubt is not more self-confidence, believing I am good enough, capable, and equipped in and of myself.
Because it’s the trying to do and be “in and of myself” that leads to the self-doubt in the first place. It’s the leaning on my own abilities, strength, wisdom, and plans that has my mind spinning with thoughts of I can’t do this. I’m not up to the task. What if I make the wrong choice? I’ll just let everyone down.
And it should.
Because in my own abilities, strength, wisdom, and plans, I truly can’t. My weaknesses will get in the way. My energy and motivation will burn out. My gifts and talents will be uninspired and unhelpful to others.
I need Jesus. I need His strength, His courage, His direction, His inspiration, His wisdom, His provision.
So the real antidote to self-doubt is trusting in God.
"Trust in the Lord with all your heart; do not depend on your own understanding. Seek his will in all you do, and he will show you which path to take. Don’t be impressed with your own wisdom. Instead, fear the Lord and turn away from evil." Proverbs 3:5
We can trust…
The Biblical opposite of self-doubt is confidence in who God is, who He says I am, and what He has called me to do, which leads to obedience.
5 Biblical Ways to Overcome Self-Doubt
Since trust in God is the antidote to doubting self, here are some ways we can grow our trust in God and overcome the self-doubt:
Get into God’s Word
“For the word of the Lord holds true, and we can trust everything he does.” Psalm 33:4
Through His Word, God shows us His character, gives us His promises, and tells us who we are in Him. Having these truths in our minds will help quiet the whispers of self-doubt.
Spend time in prayer
“Don’t worry about anything; instead, pray about everything. Tell God what you need, and thank him for all he has done.” Philippians 4:6
Talk to God about your doubts, and ask Him to give you the wisdom, guidance, and provision to do what you need to do, instead of trying to do it all on your own.
Remember God’s faithfulness
“I will remember the deeds of the Lord; yes, I will remember your miracles of long ago. I will consider all your works and meditate on all your mighty deeds.” Psalm 77:11
How has God shown Himself able in the past? How has He helped you when you thought you couldn’t do it? Remembering how God has shown up before can grow our faith in Him for facing what lies ahead.
“Praise him for his mighty works; praise his unequaled greatness!” Psalm 150:2
Let yourself be in awe and wonder of who God is, shifting your focus from the fears, the seemingly impossible tasks, and your own shortcomings, to the God with whom “all things are possible.” (Matthew 19:26)
Take the next step
“May he equip you with all you need for doing his will. May he produce in you, through the power of Jesus Christ, every good thing that is pleasing to him.” Hebrews 13:21
In faith and obedience, do what God has called you to do. Taking a step of faith doesn’t mean you won’t have any doubts or fears. It means you’re choosing obedience to the Lord over those fears, knowing He will be with you and will help you.
Because of who God is and the work He is doing in us, we can live from a place of confidence in Christ rather than doubting ourselves.