The average adult has six moments of self-doubt a day — including whether they’re good at their job.
A survey of 2,000 people found that the biggest concerns relate to their work life – 14 percent are also concerned about their ability to climb the corporate ladder.
While 25 percent doubt themselves and lack self-confidence, 23 percent worry about making the right decisions in life.
More than a third (34 percent) also worry about whether they will achieve their personal and professional goals for the future.
It also found that 18-24 year olds were the most likely to doubt themselves – an average of eight times a day.
But those over 65 who only have self-doubt five times a day feel safest.
The study was commissioned by Cadbury, which has partnered with the Prince’s Trust to launch its Give a Doubt campaign – which hopes to boost younger people’s confidence by encouraging the public to share their own self-doubt .
Offering support, advice and guidance from The Prince’s Trust, the hub gives young people the tools to help them overcome their self-doubt and thrive in their personal and professional lives.
Michael Moore, a spokesman for Cadbury, said: “Through the ‘Give a Doubt’ campaign, we want to get everyone to voice their own doubts and start a conversation to show that everyday insecurities are normal and that we all have them experience you.
“Supporting young people to realize that these insecurities need not hold them back and sharing their doubts can help overcome their doubts and restore their hope for the future.
“Sharing a doubt of your own is an act of generosity that will help young people across the country feel more confident about their future.”
The study also found that only 22 percent of 18-24 year olds currently feel confident, compared to 53 percent of adults aged 65 and over.
The turning point, however, turned out to be the age of 28 – the point in time when people get their first sense of self-confidence.
It also found that only 26 percent of people surveyed via OnePoll talk to others about self-doubt, with others preferring to solve their problems on their own, not wanting to bother others, or want to appear “weak.”
Jonathan Townsend, UK Managing Director of The Prince’s Trust, said: “Self-doubt and a lack of opportunity should not prevent young people from having a thriving, positive future.
“We help young people get into work and education, and we know that with the right opportunities and the right confidence, any young person can thrive and achieve their goals in life, no matter what the odds.”
The partnership also sees the launch of special limited edition packs of Cadbury Dairy Milk bars, voicing the doubts of football legends Ian Wright, Steph Houghton and Gary Neville.
Former Arsenal striker Ian Wright said: “We all have doubts. I didn’t think I would ever make anything of myself.
“I doubted whether I could be a footballer, I doubted if I could work on television.
“When I started working in television, I doubted I would stay there for long – I had no television training, no high school diploma, but there I hosted a prime-time game show for millions of people.
“Everyone has doubts, but over time I’ve gotten better at handling them and making sure they don’t stop me from doing the things I want.”
Former Manchester United and England international Gary Neville added: “I can definitely relate to moments of doubt.
“It happened to me when I was playing during a European quarter-final, I didn’t want the ball, my faith went away.
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“That’s why I’m so proud to be part of this campaign, which aims to normalize these moments of self-doubt and empower young people to overcome them.”
THE TOP 10 BIGGEST DOUBTS OF BRITISH PEOPLE IN LIFE:
- Lack of self-confidence
- Having the confidence to make the right life choices
- Losing the confidence you had when you were younger
- Lack of confidence to keep in touch with friends and family
- If you’re good enough at work
- Are you confident enough to speak up?
- Whether you are confident enough to make friends
- Whether you have the confidence to change career paths
- If you dare to climb the corporate ladder
- If you are successful in your career
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