When you enter the academic world as a Ph.D. student, you are full of motivation. You are confident about your knowledge, abilities, and capacities. Quickly, you start wondering on all of them. Am I good enough? Will I be able to solve it? Will I ever graduate?
You are taking opinions, and criticism too personally. You start thinking you are not good enough and you don’t deserve it. Let me tell you: YOU ARE COMPLETELY WRONG!
You try to shut up your inner voice by pulling more than expected, make full of personal sacrifices, feel the pressure to show you are relevant. However, then you fail again. You try and fail until you don’t accept yourself.
Self-doubts are just monsters in your head that keep you out from the solution by forcing yourself on negative thinking, don’t feed them with pessimistic thoughts. Hold your mind healthful and positive even at the bottom of the well. At least you know you cannot fall lower. Use this to start climbing again.
Never get lost in the comparison trap, you are different from others the same way they differ from you, and it doesn’t mean you are better or worst, you are genuine. The only competitor you should take into account is the best version of yourself.
Remember that you can always earn it. Just keep your mind positive and fight hard to win your prize. When you reach it, celebrate it, even if is a modest win, it is YOUR win, and YOU DESERVE IT.
I’d love to know what you thought of this post. How do you overcome yourself when feeling mental struggling?
After I realized that I never would be winning an Olympic gold in the 200m butterfly, I spend many years thinking about what to do in life, researching which path should I follow to accomplish my life goals that were on reach. So, it’s not surprising that after many efforts in this research I became a researcher. First a news researcher (or call it journalist if you prefer) and later a scientific researcher.