The Five Self-Doubt Archetypes with Michele Molitor | POP 795

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Do you struggle with self-sabotage and self-doubt? Which of the five archetypes represents your struggle with overcoming self-doubt? How do want to show up in the world, your business, and in your relationships?

In this podcast episode, Joe Sanok speaks about the five self-doubt archetypes with Michele Molitor.

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Meet Michele Molitor

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As the founder and CEO of Nectar Consulting, Inc., and co-author of the best-selling book “Breakthrough Healing,” Michele works with executives and entrepreneurs bringing over 30 years of experience, intuitive insights and strategic business savvy to their success.
Michele’s unique Rapid RewiringTM approach is an integrative healing approach that combines scientific, spiritual and energetic principles for mind, heart and soul level transformation.

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In This Podcast

  • The 5 self-doubt archetypes
  • Procrastinating perfectionist
  • Shapeshifter
  • Reluctant resister
  • Anxious Avoider
  • Fearful Follower
  • Michele’s advice to private practitioners

The 5 self-doubt archetypes  

There’s usually [one] who’s leading the charge … each one is a little different based on the wounds that we’ve gathered over our lifetimes and create the sense of self-doubt and the head noise – if you will – that we carry with us.

Michele Molitor

1 – Procrastinating perfectionist

2 – Shapeshifter

3 – Reluctant resister

4 – Anxious Avoider

5 – Fearful Follower

Procrastinating perfectionist

Procrastinating perfectionists are people who are afraid to get something wrong, so they will keep going and adjusting until they get whatever project or deadline they are working on near perfect.

[They] keep tweaking and adjusting until they get it just right because they are afraid to be judged or ridiculed.

Michele Molitor

If they are nervous that it won’t be “perfect”, then they often put off working on it for as long as they can. 


Someone who struggles with being a shapeshifter when it comes to self-doubt and self-sabotage may have experienced some kind of trauma or abuse as a child because they will mold themselves to please those around them to stay safe.

Reluctant resister  

These are the folks who are reluctant to own their own value, worth, [and] expertise despite all of the accolades they may already have achieved because it’s never quite “enough”.

Michele Molitor

These people may struggle with believing in themselves, and as a result, they seldom put themselves out there to be recognized and celebrated by those around them. 

Anxious avoider

An anxious avoider is a person who often hides and avoids moving or taking steps forward due to a fear of being judged, abandoned, or feeling “not enough” by those around them.

This anxiety can build to such a level that the person feels overwhelmed and “freezes”, never taking action, and staying stuck, unless they can find a way to gain a little bit of momentum.

Fearful follower

They know that they have a level of expertise, but they are not willing to put themselves forward because they feel that they “don’t quite know enough yet”.

Therefore, they don’t allow themselves to shine fully because they think that they need to become the best of the best before they are worthy of receiving praise or stepping into the limelight.

Each one of these impacts all areas of your life, but I found specifically that it shows up in how you present [yourself] in your career or your business, how you communicate effectively in relationships, [and] how you’re dealing with conflict.

Michele Molitor

Michele’s advice to private practitioners

Remember that when you get caught in your head noise, take time to pause and breathe, and to re-center yourself. You are enough, you can do this, and keep doing what you are doing because the world needs you.

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Meet Joe Sanok

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Joe Sanok helps counselors to create thriving practices that are the envy of other counselors. He has helped counselors to grow their businesses by 50-500% and is proud of all the private practice owners that are growing their income, influence, and impact on the world. Click here to explore consulting with Joe.

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