Indecisiveness doesn’t work during the execution of a project or plan. The time to second guess yourself is at the beginning – during the planning phase. All options should be considered at that time, some culled out while others stay in the plan.
The problem with second-guessing and doubting yourself at mid-stream of a project is that you lose precious momentum. That one thing can put you in jeopardy of giving up or making it much more difficult to meet time lines and financial obligations.
Some negative results that could happen when you second guess yourself during the execution of a plan include more worry, stress and anxiety. You may feel discouraged and that you’ll never get it right – so you give up.
Learn how to stop second-guessing before it happens and gain control of your self-defeating thoughts and actions. Sometimes, second-guessing comes from inner fears of failure. Careful planning on your part can sometimes alleviate those fears.
Needless worry and anxiety has kept many a great idea from ever materializing. That’s why it’s so important that you overcome these negativities before they ever take hold and make you doubt yourself and your abilities.
You may be overestimating the likelihood of your project failing – or you may be underestimating your capabilities in completing a project or plan efficiently and effectively.
It’s important that during these times of self-doubt and urge to go back to the drawing board that you resist the negative self-talk, take control and follow through with the plan just as you outlined it.
Focusing on the plan just as it is will keep you from second-guessing and as you progress by meeting each goal as it comes, you’ll gain a tremendous amount of self-confidence and assurance that you will be successful.
Hesitation or uncertainty isn’t the mark of a truly successful person. When you have done your research and come to conclusions that help to formulate your plan, it should be solid and your resolve should be firm.
If you do have doubts, it was likely because you didn’t do or complete all the necessary research or you’ve had something shake your belief in your capabilities. Take some time to figure out what might have happened and address the issue immediately.
Letting the issues go unaddressed can cause you to procrastinate and hesitate to go forward. Momentum is lost and you may never get back to the place you were before the second-guessing obstacle happened.
The planning phase is definitely the time you should get any doubts and second-guessing out in the open and either change the plan accordingly or set it in stone and carry through with the execution.