9 signs you’re on the right path in life, even if you’re full of self-doubt

We’ve all been there—completely lost, just wandering aimlessly through life.

That’s what happens when you’re filled with self-doubt. Doing all you can, yet you still question if you’re on the right track.

But you’re not alone.

In fact, this might actually show that you’re on the right path, even if you don’t think so.

Curious? Well, this article is for you.

Below, we’ll delve into the signs that you’re on the right path in life, even if you’re full of self-doubt.

These signs are often subtle and easy to miss–they might even surprise you.

Let’s begin.

1) You feel content despite the uncertainty

I know what you’re thinking: how can you feel content while full of self-doubt?

It sounds ironic, I know, but hear me out and let me share my experience.

I remember when I first decided to quit my nine-to-five job to pursue my passion for writing.

It was scary and filled with uncertainty.

But amidst all the doubts, there was this underlying sense of peace. It was like I knew I was doing what I needed to do, even if it didn’t make complete sense at the time.

I realized later that it was a sign of being on the right path.

So, if you’re feeling this strange mix of contentment and confusion, you might just be on the right track, even if you don’t think so.

2) Challenges excite you

When you’re on the right path, challenges don’t seem like massive roadblocks. Instead, they will feel more like interesting puzzles to solve.

Personally, I had a similar experience.

I had a writing gig that was completely out of my comfort zone. I am a writer, yes, but this one was totally different from what I’m used to writing.

I faced countless hurdles and went down several spirals of self-doubt, but instead of feeling discouraged, I felt invigorated.

For me, each challenge was an opportunity to learn something new and to grow a little bit more.

It was hard, sure, but there was a deep sense of satisfaction in overcoming those challenges.

So, if you’re eager to face challenges head-on and see them as opportunities for growth, it’s a pretty good sign you’re on the right path.

3) You’re not afraid to make mistakes

Do you know Thomas Edison made thousands of unsuccessful attempts at inventing the light bulb?

When asked about this, he said, “I speak without exaggeration when I say that I have constructed three thousand different theories in connection with the electric light, each one of them reasonable and apparently likely to be true.”

When asked if it feels like a “shame” to make so many attempts with no results, he amusedly said, “Results! Why, man, I have gotten lots of results! I know several thousand things that won’t work!”

Edison’s story shows that we often see mistakes as failures, but when you’re on the right path, they become lessons and stepping stones to success.

In fact, it helps you understand that every mistake brings you one step closer to your goal.

4) You’re making a difference in others’ lives

Deep down, we all want to leave our mark on the world, to make a difference in some way.

And when you’re on the right path, you’ll find yourself doing just that.

Maybe it’s through your work, where you’re helping clients solve problems. Or perhaps it’s in your personal life, where your kindness and compassion are impacting those around you.

This means you don’t have to be a world leader or a billionaire to make a difference. The smallest act can have the biggest impact.

5) You’re continuously learning and growing

When I was younger, I thought I had it all figured out. I believed that, by a certain age or career milestone, I’d know everything there was to know.

Boy, was I wrong.

As I’ve gone through life, I’ve realized that the real journey is in continuous learning and growth. The moment you stop learning is the moment you stop growing.

I’ve made it a point to learn something new every day, whether it’s a new word, a new cooking technique or even a new perspective on life. This constant thirst for knowledge keeps me engaged and excited about life.

6) You’re not seeking approval from others

It’s human nature to want to be liked and approved by others.

But when you’re truly on the right path, you understand that the only approval you need is from yourself.

This realization came to me when I constantly found myself seeking validation from others for my decisions. But over time, I realized that it was my life and my path, and the only person who needed to approve was me.

7) Your intuition is your guide

There’s a voice inside all of us—some call it intuition, others call it a gut feeling…

…but whatever you call it, when you’re on the right path, this voice becomes your guide.

For instance, when I was deciding whether to pursue my passion for writing full-time, my mind was filled with doubts and fears. But deep down, there was this intuitive pull telling me to go for it.

And I’m glad I listened.

8) You’re embracing change

I’m sure we’ve all heard the quote, “The only thing constant in life is change”.

It’s cheesy, but it’s the truth. 

Because change can be scary. It can throw us off our paths and make us doubt ourselves.

But when you’re on the right path, you learn to embrace change as an essential part of growth.

I’ve moved cities, changed careers, and met new people. Each change has brought its own set of challenges. But looking back now, each change has also brought me closer to where I am today.

Because when you embrace change, you’re given many opportunities to meet different versions of yourself. It shows you that you’re capable of things you never thought you’d be capable of doing.

And isn’t that absolutely wonderful?

9) You’re following your passion

Did you know that only 13% of people worldwide actually love going to work?

It’s scary and even incredulous to think that the majority of us are stuck in jobs we’re not passionate about.

So, if you have a job you love–a job you’re passionate about–consider yourself lucky. It’s the strongest indicator that you’re on the right path in life, even if you’re full of self-doubt.

I remember the day I finally admitted to myself that I was passionate about writing. It was liberating and terrifying at the same time. But it was a crucial step towards finding my path.

If you’re pursuing what you love, despite the challenges and self-doubts, it’s a sure sign you’re on the right path in life.

Final thoughts

Self-doubt is a part of life. It’s what makes us human.

But don’t let it hold you back. Don’t let that inner saboteur prevent you from achieving great things in life.

So, look out for these signs, trust your journey, and know that you’re on the right path, even if it doesn’t always feel like it.

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