5 Powerful Ways to Answer Self-Doubt and Step into Your Greatness

The Little Engine kept saying, “I think I can,” until he climbed the steep hill. But the story is wrong.

Thinking you can is helpful, but never enough to step into your greatness.


Doubters are protectors and preventers. You don’t have to face big challenges if you’ve already concluded you’re incapable.

Self-doubt prevents imagined failure. When self-doubt rules, a dissatisfying present is better than the imagined pain of failure.

Self-doubt justifies a dissatisfying present.

5 powerful ways to answer self-doubt and step into your greatness:

#1. Be transparent with self-doubt.

“Being real is the first step to being great.” Lolly Daskal, The Leadership Gap.

Lolly writes, “Most of the people you work with doubt themselves.”

Tell someone you trust that you doubt yourself. You don’t have to tell everyone. You must tell a friend, colleague, adviser, or coach.


Posted on Dan Rockwell (LeadershipFreak Blog) review of The Leadership Gap, book by Lolly Daskal

Lolly Daskal is one of the most sought-after executive leadership coaches in the world. Her extensive cross-cultural expertise spans 14 countries, six languages and hundreds of companies. As founder and CEO of Lead From Within, her proprietary leadership program is engineered to be a catalyst for leaders who want to enhance performance and make a meaningful difference in their companies, their lives, and the world.

Of Lolly’s many awards and accolades, Lolly was designated a Top-50 Leadership and Management Expert by Inc. magazine. Huffington Post honored Lolly with the title of The Most Inspiring Woman in the World. Her writing has appeared in HBR, Inc.com, Fast Company (Ask The Expert), Huffington Post, and Psychology Today, and others. Her newest book, The Leadership Gap: What Gets Between You and Your Greatness has become a national bestseller.

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