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How to Overcome Self-Doubt and Launch

Wondering how to overcome self-doubt to launch your big thing out there in the world?

I am excited and honored to be the very first guest on SUCCESS magazine’s new podcast, Hustle From Home. Fun, right? I got to sit down virtually with co-hosts Josh Ellis and Amy Anderson. Our topic was “How to Overcome Self-Doubt and Start Your Business.”

Amy and Josh asked some great questions on how to overcome self-doubt and her sneaky sidekick, fear.  They both tend to show up just when we are about to make something big happen. Or, is that just me?

SUCCESS Podcast Highlight Reel: How to Overcome Self-Doubt and Launch 

Mindset Move #1: What will keep you stuck in launching your idea?

What keeps us stuck? In this clip, we talk about how self-doubt shows up in disguise. It’s so easy to be in the trap of this and think you are actually “working” on the launch of your course, product, or business.

Here’s how to see it when it’s happening:

Mindset Move #2: How to overcome self-doubt and gain confidence in your idea?

The only way you will gain true confidence in your idea is to get it out there. Confidence comes from doing your thing not thinking about your thing.

We chatted about some practical steps you can take right now to gain confidence in your idea:

Mindset Move #3: Should I leave my job before I start a business?

Starting a business doesn’t have to be an “either/or” decision that feels so permanent. Cue the fear shouting in your head, what if this doesn’t work? You can look for opportunities to focus on “and” in order to minimize the pressure of first starting your business.

Listen in:

Mindset Move #4: Why do we doubt that what we know is “enough”?

The more you know, the more likely it is that you will doubt if it is enough to wow other people. Some really smart people in lab coats have confirmed this phenomenon. Here’s why wondering if you know “enough” is actually a sign that you are smarter than you think:

Mindset Move #5: How do I figure out the right audience and what to offer?

It’s scary to get specific and narrow down the work you are here to do. It’s easy to think that going broad can hedge your bet and increase your chances of creating a winning offer. But, getting specific on your audience can help you figure out the right offer to create.

This is what we need to do instead:

Mindset Move #6: How do I figure out what kind of business to start?

You know you want to launch something. But, how do you figure out what to create? ALL the experience you have had in your life even those years folding sweaters at the Limited to pay for college can help you figure out what to offer. It can be hard to figure out your point of difference.

Here’s a quick exercise to help you see everything that you bring to the table:

Mindset Move #7: How to create a business that delivers the life I want?

Researching, pricing, and creating come after what we are talking about in this clip. I learned this the hard way. Give yourself permission to define your own definition of success. And, spoiler alert: it has nothing to do with money.

This is a quick exercise you can do to stay lasered in on creating a business the delivers the life you imagine.

AND, the big one…

Mindset Move #8:   How to overcome self-doubt and stay motivated?

Understanding the way our brains work can help us to get and stay motivated. Here are some simple ways to leverage both with a daily habit that works for you.

Watch the Full Episode: How to Overcome Doubt and Start Your Business

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How to Overcome Self-Doubt


  1. Alisa says:

    Great tips Jeanine!

    I especially love the idea of harnessing the fear and use that to motivate me into action. And creating a ritual to do now that will tap me into a possibility I want and move me into action.

    Curious how you make the jump from fear to possibility?
    How to make that shift is the gap I will be exploring.
    I think the reward of the possibility is often my motivation.
    I had not thought of using the fear to motivate.

    Thanks for this insight!

    • Happy to hear this. I think the leap from fear to possibility is an act of noticing and choosing. You notice the fear. Then, you choose to take action anyway. That is my mental process :)

  2. Arlene Penlington says:

    Thank you. Lots of great advice.

  3. Jeanine – I loved all of it, but especially the part about motivation coming from action. I notice that when I am DOING it truly fuels momentum, energy, motivation, “can do”… feelings of success..

    Thanks for the great reminders!

  4. Rick says:

    I think this is why I started following you in the first place Jeanine. I forgot you had a background in learning and development.

    I’ve lectured part time for 20 yrs and I just finished my Masters of Education and wondering what kind of work I can get. But I also want to work for myself, and I’ll looking for jobs in instructional design and elearning. ID is one of those things that people say I would be good at.

    My problem is always the struggle with good money for low enjoyment working for someone else, or better money but the seeming monstrous workload of being an independent consultant. How do consultants get clients anyway? And how I find out what kind of problems people have that my skills can solve?

    Otherwise I’ll probably just make online courses in Excel and hope it works ?.

    Sorry for the rant!

    • Hi Rick! I would suggest picking one business you could offer to help for free. Is there a local business that could use help with putting together a virtual workshop? I always find that the answers about how you can create offers comes from helping clients. They tell you what they want…and, what they will buy. Keep going!

  5. Zoe Rae says:

    These are fantastic, thank you! Reminding me to start with my Why – I’m pretty clear on this, but I’m looking forward to getting more clear on what my dream business will look like/what my dream life will look like, to use as a filter when I’m making decisions about my business.

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