Doubt can be good!

March 6, 2014

Doubt can be good!

Do you ever doubt yourself? Of course you do! Building your organization from the ground up comes with concerns, questions and fear. Everyone has them; some are just better about hiding them.

I’m not advising you to hide your trepidations. Not at all, I am asking you to deal with them. Yeah, easier said than done – I hear you. So how do you go about that?

Good question. (And I love questions!) I have six recommendations, based on my experience and advice from others, on how you can turn doubt into useful business information.

1. Listen to your direct environment.

Are you picking up similar vibes from your co-founder? Maybe there’s some truth in these shared concerns. Do people view your new idea as a golden opportunity? Then it might be just so. Do your (potential) clients share their concerns and drawbacks? Check your own doubts with theirs – there might be an easy solution.

2. Realize doubt can be good.

Although doubt and concerns seem negative, they also guide you to tough questions that need to be asked. Operating in safe mode with never a question or a fearful feeling means you are not pushing yourself to grow and learn. Constant learning and evaluating your business keeps you on your toes and helps you find opportunities to grow, streamline processes and offer new services.

3. Mind map it!

Too many thoughts and questions in your mind? Use a simple tool to explore your thoughts further and find out what the underlying reason for your doubt is. Mind mapping is an easy tool to organize your knowledge, feelings and opinions.

4. Share your concerns.

Talk to people whose opinions you value. This can be your business partner, a family members or your mentor.  No matter whom you are talking to, listen carefully to their perspectives and experience before you toss them aside and drown in your concerns.

5. Know it is normal!

Yep, we all have doubts and fears. How can we not? To succeed, we have to take risks and not know the full impact of our decisions and actions. Read some success stories of business owners and founders and you understand everyone has to tackle their anxieties.

6. Plan for doubts and answers.

A simple rule to keep in mind: when you have identified a risk, plan how to deal with the risk if it were to occur. Knowing what to do in case our worst nightmare comes true helps to get into action and mitigate or wipe out the risk.

It happens often fear stops us from gaining what we ultimately want because we are scared of the risks. Doubts and concerns can bog us down every day and make our inner-critics more forceful.

Don’t make bad decisions because you are in a downward spiral. Focus on the real reason for fears and plan for them!


Lisette Andreyko

Lisette is the founder of Kaleidoscope and is passionate about start-up leadership, personal growth and women in business (and psst.. about tea!). She enjoys connecting with small businesses through her network. You can find her on LinkedIn.