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Self-doubt can be a troubling and persuasive voice that holds you back.

It holds you back from seizing your opportunities.

It makes getting started or finishing things harder than they need to be.

Sure, it can sometimes be useful as it helps you to soberly see your current limitations or simply recognize a half-baked or bad idea. But mostly, it holds you back in life.

So how can you get around that, how can you overcome those times of self-doubt so that you can move forward once again?

In this article I’ll explore 3 simple steps + one bonus tip that have helped me to decrease that destructive inner voice.

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“Since you get more joy out of giving joy to others, you should put a good deal of thought into the happiness that you are able to give.”
Eleanor Roosevelt

One of the best ways to create a happier life for yourself is to make other people happier.


  • You see it. You’ll feel happier as someone’s face lights up with joy.
  • You did a good thing. You’ll feel happier because you feel you have done a good thing. And so your self-esteem shoots up too.
  • You get what you give. In the long run you tend to be treated by others as you treat them. Plus, the way you treat and think about others also tends to be the way you treat and think about yourself.

So how can you make someone happier?

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6 Year Anniversary

NOTE: This offer is now over.

The Positivity Blog is now 8 years old.

And this year has been one of the very best ones so far.

Probably to a large degree thanks to what happened in 2013.

It was by far the worst year for the blog and my business with big problems with my webhost and the traffic declining to the point that I started to think about going out and looking for another job.

And all of that made me more motivated to work harder and smarter. It made me more grateful for my opportunity here.

And those things I have carried with me into this year too.

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”Chi Wen Tzu always thought three times before taking action. Twice would have been quite enough.”

One of my biggest problems used to be that I thought too much.

I overthought any little problem until it became a bigger and scarier thing in my mind. I overthought positive things until they didn’t seem to be that positive anymore. I overanalyzed and deconstructed things until the happiness that comes from just being in a moment and enjoying it fell apart.

This locked me into analysis paralysis. Little action was taken. Opportunities were rarely used. Life stood still and felt confining. And my self-esteem plummeted.

Based on the emails I get I’m not alone in this. One of the most common questions I get is about how to not overthink things.

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