Energise Self Promotion Bulletin - the catalyst to liberate your talent
Welcome to the monthly Energise Self Promotion bulletin to help you liberate your talent with insights and tips. To ensure you receive this bulletin each month, click on Update Profile/E mail address to manage your details. This month's Bulletin topic is Overcoming Self doubt.  
Ever hide away your talents
because of self doubt?
chickQuestion - What sabotages potential more than any other factor? The answer is self-doubt.  I didn't feel 100% confident writing about this topic (!) because of our often closed British culture, but it is a topic that I feel passionately about and which comes up in ALL the coaching I do.  
With more people applying for less jobs and competition getting hotter in business, it would be  a real shame  if you stopped your own success.
Research shows that over 85% of people suffer from low self esteem or self doubt. So why is this?
We live in a culture where it is thought egotistical to sing your own praises when actually if you don't, you miss out. It's as simple as that. There is a big difference between confidence and arrogance.
So what causes self doubt? There are many factors, and often the seeds are sown when we are very young. We create limiting beliefs and then look for evidence for the rest of our lives to support these beliefs.  It's a bit like a snowball. It starts small and gathers snow and gets bigger the more we roll it.
Common causes of self-doubt
  • Being criticised by a parent or teacher when young and not feeling good enough
  • Not being acknowledged and made to feel special for who we are
  • Not being heard or given enough time and attention in our busy world 
  • Being rejected or excluded - from the sports team, passed over for promotion etc
  • Naturally thinking negatively - it's just how your mind works
  • Being a perfectionist and setting impossibly high standards
  • Spending time with 'toxic' people who make themselves feel good at the expense of others by putting them down.
For some FREE tips to overcome self doubt, read on:
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5 FREE tips to overcome self doubt
Here's 5 tips to help you overcome self doubt:female  
  1. Identify the root cause - it usually starts when we are very young
  2. Identify your limiting beliefs and shift them. It's a bit like clearing out the loft!
  3. Keep a file of positive cards, e mails and messages and look at them when you need a boost
  4. Spend at least 10 minutes each day reflecting on successes and learnings, so you maintain a balanced perspective  
  5. Monitor what you say to yourself - your inner mental chatter, and what affects it


For an article about Fear, click here:  Fear 


For an article about Beliefs, click here:  Beliefs

To find out more about the impact of self doubt, read on.
What's the impact of self doubt?  
Self doubt has huge ramifications - on success, on health, on happiness, fulfilment and relationships
In a nutshell because energy follows thought and as everything is interconnected, because we doubt ourselves, we plant a seed of doubt in others and create/reinforce what we most fear - a vicious circle.
Here's some common impacts of self doubt:
  • You don't set up the business you really would love
  • You don't put yourself forward for the dream job or promotion you really want
  • You don't ask for help or advice
  • You don't contribute a great thought in a conversation and kick yourself when someone else does
  • You get a small pay rise that is less than you deserve because you didn't speak out  
  • You create anxiety, stress and even illness worrying aboutnot being good enough
  • You put up with just ok friendships and relationships that don't really give you what you need and want
  • You are needy in relationships with others, expecting them to fill the gaps in your confidence and help you feel ok about yourself   
For some inspiring words from Nelson Mandela, go to the last section of this bulletin.
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Remember that the most important thing in life is to be who you are and accept yourself. I like this quote:


"Don't be afraid to go out on a limb. That's where the fruit is."

H Jackson Browne

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Rachel Brushfield, Director
Energise - liberate your talent
The Talent Liberation Company
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In this issue
Ever hide away your talents because of self doubt?
5 Free tips to overcome self doubt
What's the impact of self doubt?
About Energise
Self reflective question  

What exactly is it that you doubt about yourself?

About Energise


Energise helps organisations and individuals liberate talent. We are the talent liberation company and help give you the edge in challenging and competitive environments.
We have the skills, experience and insights to unlock potential and offer an inspiring approach to bring about positive change.
We have been established for over 13 years and are practical and results focused giving our clients the tools,
confidence and knowledge to succeed.
We specialise in career change, working smarter and talent management and employee engagement.
Our clients are diverse and include lawyers, accountants, and many other professions such as architects and marketing.
Inspiring quote

"No-one can make you feel inferior without your consent, never

give it."

Eleanor Roosevelt

"I was so very stuck before I met Rachel. She works her magic to unblock you by tapping into the magic in YOU!
Sarah Oubridge, Nostalchick Greeting  cards

"I feel fantastic, quietly happy and will always be grateful to you for your help."  



"Coaching has given me a greater insight into who I am and how I function, more self belief and confidence in myself."
Nelson Mandela's words:
For me, no-one expresses about the benefits of overcoming
self doubt better than the great man:  
"Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure. It is our light, not our darkness that most frightens us. We ask ourselves, Who am I to be brilliant, gorgeous, talented, fabulous? Actually, who are you not to be? Your playing small does not serve the world. There is nothing enlightened about shrinking so that other people won't feel insecure around you. We are all meant to shine, as children do. It's not just in some of us; it's in everyone. And as we let our own light shine, we unconsciously give other people permission to do the same. As we are liberated from our own fear, our presence automatically liberates others."
Nelson Mandela
The vast majority of people have self doubt, so the good news is that we all feel the same! 
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