Stop Second-Guessing Yourself

  • November 29, 2011 by Corbett Barr
  • 10 Comments

The actions we need to take are usually straightforward. It’s the mental game we play with ourselves that really keeps us from succeeding.

In the short video below, I share why you have to stop second-guessing yourself and start taking action. I also explain how a little image I created turned into something thousands of people connected with recently.

(if you’re reading this over email, click here to watch the video)

Mentioned in this post: The Expert Enough Manifesto.

Have you been second-guessing yourself recently? What’s keeping you from taking action to move forward?

Written by . Corbett is cofounder of Fizzle, a place for creative entrepreneurs, writers, makers, coders and artists, all working to support themselves doing what they love independently on the Internet. Follow Corbett on on Twitter.


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Christina Ciani November 29, 2011 at 7:04 am

Go Corbett!!!!

Thank you – just finished getting together with a single mom who wrapped up a court case yesterday.

What does that have to do with this?! She called me at home to say, “You changed my life. Don’t stop what you are doing – I wouldn’t have made it without you.”

That was huge for me – it’s hard to keep going in the single mom field some days, because I took the leap to change the game. Luckily, single moms get it – even though people outside that tribe don’t.

A little boy is now safe, because I helped his mom bootstrap the courage to get on the stand, speak the truth while her ex harassed and threatened her right in the courtroom. She did it – she went for it, and outed his cruelty.

I used to second guess my willingness to tell people what happened to me, and what happens in the court system – because abuse can make you silent (the best tool an abuser has is your silence). Now, I remember the future – if I don’t keep speaking up, then I’m missing the opportunity to help people be happy. I still get butterflies, but I remember they must might be a sign that someone is about to spread their own wings – so I go for it anyway.

I love the video, the poster and congrats on your success! You are always an inspiration, thank you!

Rebecca Tracey November 29, 2011 at 7:06 am

LOVE this! I spent a yearrrrrr stressing over putting something out there to the world, and when I finally did it, it felt amazing. I was tired of second guessing what I should be doing, and finally said screw it and just went for it, and decided to see how it felt. and it feels great :)

I totally love the idea of expert enough, and it’s already inspired me to take action on some things that I may not be an expert in, but I know I can still help people with.

May have to get me one of these posters.

Great work Corbett!

Sarah Russell November 29, 2011 at 7:08 am

Absolutely, I’m second-guessing myself about my decision to go self-employed next year, although I’m trying to keep it in check as best as possible.

I like to think, though, that if I’m not second-guessing myself, it means I’m not attempting big enough things. :)

Sean Davis November 29, 2011 at 8:32 am

If that’s the case, just be sure not to second guess yourself to the point if retreat! I guess there’s a thin line between understand how big a challenge is and actually talking yourself out of it. It’s a hard line to recognize too!

andreas November 29, 2011 at 8:27 am

I love your always empty shelf in the background! Seriously.
I finally decided to follow trough and take some action to fulfill my dream.
Nobody will do it for you. Ever.
In the 90′s I had another idea – and just did it – with great success.

Bryan Thompson November 29, 2011 at 11:48 am

Love the video, man! The design looks slick! Thanks for sharing your story. Kind of interesting to think that the things that are making a difference in our world, from blogs to products, are products that didn’t exist before, and then they did. Suddenly. Because people chose to stop second-guessing themselves and take action!

Derek Jensen November 29, 2011 at 7:42 pm

Second guessing myself is actual the thing to blame for my tardiness to being more successful and noticed this year. I told myself in 2010 that I wanted 2011 to be my year. And now I have to say 2012 because it’s almost January.

Ever since Thanksgiving I’ve been more focused on just doing what I’ve told myself I want to do rather than just thinking about it.

Let the thoughts come later when you have to figure out how to continue the success.

Tyler Hamilton November 30, 2011 at 9:10 pm

How about a shirt? I would love to wear a shirt of this around rather than having a poster that either is just stuck to my wall, or I have to carry around to show to people. Thank you!

Tommy April 22, 2012 at 6:41 pm

I just stumbled upon this video today and it was like you were talking directly to me. It’s just the message I needed today. Thanks Corbett

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