Psst! At the end of this post is a link to my free worksheets on managing those imposter syndrome fears, so you can make progress on your personal quest.
As human beings, we worry. Our minds focus on the problems we might be faced with, and try desperately to fix problems before they arise. We plan for conflict, or confusion. We question what we’re doing, and if it’s okay to be doing it. Especially when thinking about starting or transforming our lives or business.
That voice creeps in, sometimes amidst the excitement of expansion. At other times it lurks in the back of your mind as you stare up at the ceiling.
We ask ourselves “What do I have to offer?” or “Why would anyone trust me?” We worry “Can I really deliver what I promise? What if they don’t like my work, or feel cheated?”
The Imposter Syndrome
Fears of not being good enough, or feeling like an ‘imposter’ can change our behaviour from self-talk to the way we act. This often results in down-playing what we do, and missing out on opportunities.
Often people worry about not living up to a set expectation, fearing they actually can’t do what they’ve said they can, or just don’t know what to expect of a change.
But these thoughts are just that: thoughts.
And our thoughts are not facts.
And not only that, but we actually have some level of control over how we think and what we say to ourselves or other people. Let’s get started:
- What are you afraid of? Define the worry that is holding your fear hostage. When we know a specific concern, it’s much easier to really question it, and make a balanced judgement.
- Is this worry ‘real’? Ask yourself if there is some truth behind the concern. Have you let people down before, or received negative feedback that you haven’t analysed and made changes based on? What evidence is there behind the thoughts?
- Is there another side? Our thoughts do come from something, so it’s likely you found some evidence for that concern — but we often forget to look at the whole picture. What evidence do you have against the concern? Have you ever completed a task or created something that you didn’t feel ‘qualified’ for, and it didn’t go entirely wrong?
- If this worry came true, how bad would it be? Often the worries we have are quite out of proportion to the ‘realistic’ outcome. If the event were to go badly, or someone didn’t like it, would it really be as bad as you think?
- Balance it out. Use the evidence you’ve found to balance out the worry. “Although I may not be an expert, I can definitely help my client improve in this skill, which is all they are asking for.”
Our imposter worries come from a place of self-preservation. After all, we want to be liked, which is especially useful in business. We want our clients to be happy with our work to buy from us again!
Therefore, it’s good to remember that these concerns aren’t ‘bad thoughts trying to harm us’ but actually a tiny worried voice that just needs some reassurance.
And if we befriend that concern, taking on board the truths behind it, our mind becomes a uh more pleasant place to spend time.
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This post was originally published on Her Hustle. It’s been refreshed and re-shared here for your enjoyment, with a link to it’s new companion worksheet.