Self-doubt can be a beast.

Just when you think things are looking up, self-doubt creeps in and stops you in your tracks. It wonders who do you think you are. Reminds you of all the things that can go wrong. Throws a hissy fit when you so much as stick your little toe outside of the comfort zone.

But what if I were to tell you that self-doubt is perfectly normal. In fact, Dr. Daniel Friedland, this week’s podcast guest, did an informal survey on self-doubt at the San Francisco International airport. Of the 314 people surveyed, guess how many experienced doubts of self-worth.


The truth is, all of us struggle with self-doubt. Even the most successful achievers deal with self-doubt and impostor syndrome. All the time.

In fact, there are benefits to having self-doubt. It keeps us safe, socially appropriate, connected, and moving toward self-actualization. In other words, if we didn’t have self-doubt, we’d probably do and say a lot of things we’d regret.

This past weekend I hosted a mastermind event here in San Diego. I think my attendees were surprised to learn that I deal with self-doubt all the time. It’s an everyday thing that I’ve chosen to accept. Because the truth is, it’s not going anywhere.

On this week’s episode of The SC Sessions, Dr. Friedland, author of Leading Well from Within, discuss this topic and many more, including:

* The #1 cause of overreacting, and how you can rewire your brain to respond more appropriately and avoid burnout.

* How that one person in Dr. Friedland’s survey was able to turn off self-doubt.

* How to use your brain to unlock your ability to connect with others, be more creative, and feel a greater sense of significance.

* Why stress isn’t as terrible as the media makes it out to be … but only if your see it THIS way.

* Why a “wandering mind” while meditating is actually a GOOD thing.

Plus, you’ll hear from our friend, Dr. Heidi Hanna, host of the upcoming (and much-needed) Global Stress Summit.