Beating the Impostor Syndrome Blues

Last week I talked about impostor syndrome and how it can be detrimental to your success, regardless of what career you’re in. Fortunately, there are steps we can take to problem-solve. Do you remember what group(s) you belong to? Refresh your memory ( and then we can get to work! Like with any problem, the first step is to identify it.  What’s shaking your confidence? What’s causing you to doubt yourself? A new job? A high stakes project? Being able to paint a target on the issue can help you aim for success.

Once you know the problem, talk through your anxiety out loud with a trusted person. Sometimes just releasing bottled up feelings can help make a problem seem more manageable. At the same time, remind yourself of everything you’ve accomplished. Write them down! And don’t be afraid to toot your own horn.

Remember that the people who helped get you to where you are are very competent. These are people who believed in you and made deliberate choices to push for you based on your experience and potential. Then turn around and pay it forward! Realize that you have a lot of knowledge and share it. Maybe even mentor someone a couple of steps behind you!

Change your language. Use more confident vocabulary and eliminate words like “maybe” and “someday”. No more “if”, start saying “when” and put a plan to your ideas. While you’re at it, change your perspective! Write down your personal story of how you got to this point, sometimes looking back on how far you’ve come can serve as self-inspiration!

Take the risk and do it! Don’t let imposter syndrome hinder your growth and success, because there are enough things standing in your way for you to be your own roadblock. Take comfort in the truth that imposter syndrome is a symptom of success. Embrace and celebrate your achievements.

After writing about my personal struggles with Impostor Syndrome last week, I decided to take action. I’ve been toying with an idea to expand another business of mine, but that was as far as it went. Last week, I decided to reach out to my entrepreneur tribe to share my ideas and get their thoughts on it. As I was sharing and talking through the business model, I realized something - I actually know what I’m talking about! Just doing that gave me the strength to move this to the next level. I can’t wait to share the outcome, whatever that may be. But the point I’m trying to make is (1) take the first step and identify your struggles, then (2)  talk about them out loud with trusted friends and (3) write this down in a journal (or my case, a mini-blog). And (4) take action!

If you had the same ah-ha moment, share with us so we can give you a virtual pat on the back...and who knows, you may inspire someone else to overcome their imposter syndrome too!


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