While doubt is usually construed as a negative emotion, I’d like to put a positive spin on it. I believe doubt can do two things: make us feel less confident or be used as a springboard to become more confident. If we shy from doubt or believe it, then we do get worse. However, if we see it as a challenge or obstacle in our way of achieving actualization, then you can see the usefulness of doubt. Everyone, even confident people, doubt themselves at times. It is a reality check and a miniature crisis that we can ride out and trust once we’ve survived and kept our self-belief, then we become more confident on the other side.
I once had a mentor tell me to never doubt myself. Of course, I remain skeptical of myself and others and never emotions/opinions sway me from the truth – if I’m wrong and I admit it and I change (and apologize too if the need arises).
Be open to doubt, yet never close the door to your self-belief because you are your greatest fan, your best friend. Always treat yourself with love and respect! 🙂