How to start overcoming Impostor Syndrome
We have all heard someone say they don’t care what people think. We’ve also said it ourselves. But the truth is people do care what others think.
Whether it’s wanting a compliment on how you look before going out, or needing input on an idea to pitch to a group. We do care what people think.
As humans we are drawn to some level of acceptance. We want to be recognized in a good way about something we’ve done or said, because we are communal beings.
But one thing that most struggle with is something called “Impostor Syndrome”.
To simplify the meaning, it’s when a person internalizes a fear that the outside world will see them as a fraud, or not being adequate enough to do what they claim to do.
They are more than capable by having the knowledge and experience, however the inadequate feeling that resides in them is fear of not being good enough.
So how does this hurt us in business?
As my grandmother used to say, “There will always be someone more advanced than you in life.” In this particular case, it’s your field of expertise. However that does not mean you’re not great at what you do. Everyone has room to grow. Even the best. But that should not stop you.
How do start overcoming the impostor syndrome?
Keep moving and put yourself out there.
Discontinue being a secret entrepreneur and business that no one knows about. Post your work, product and expertise. It could be through blogs, vlogs, social media or networking. People need what you have.
Continue to learn and sharpen your craft.
There’s no such think as knowing too much. You will continue to grow and learn while you’re running your business. Experts become experts by continuing to learn and work on their craft and the same goes for you.
Focus on how and who you can help.
Redirect your thoughts from you and what you don’t know, and put that attention into helping your clients. This will make a world of difference in your approach and confidence.
9 times out of 10 you know more than the people you help. And that’s why they choose to work with you.
I bet people are blown away with what you do and how you do it. But we are our own worst critics.
Remember, if no one knows you exist then you can’t make money. And you need money to survive as a business.
Don’t sell yourself short because of your own insecurities. You have too much to offer and your future clients are waiting for you.
Tell yourself everyday that you are phenomenal at what you do and you belong in this field. Keep saying this until you believe it!
Hope this helped you because it really helped me and I wanted to share this with you.
Feel free to leave a comment telling what you can do differently to get out of the Impostor Syndrome rut.
Until next time,