Facing the Imposter Syndrome
If you face Imposter Syndrome, you feel like a person who pretends to be another, a fraud. You have low self-esteem, you’re distracted and you don’t understand your personal strengths. You are not alone if you face the imposter syndrome.
You start seeing flashing lights everywhere in your brain saying not good enough. You don’t think you can ever be successful –you are not talented or good enough to be in your present line of work. You remember lyrics of the song you grew up and you start singing, nobody likes me everybody hates me, guess I’ll go eat worms. Long slim slimy ones, short fat juicy ones, itsy bitsy fuzzy wuzzy worms.
You now start looking up different ways to cook worms. You’re sure you can find some hidden nutritional benefit to eating worms. You compare yourself with all those people on Facebook, LinkedIn and Twitter. They seem to have it all together!
You start updating your profile almost every day to sound like you know what you’re doing and you’ve got great things going in your life. You wonder if anyone will find out that you’re really an imposter. You hope they won’t lock you up with the second cousin you don’t have. (click here to see Brain Hack #4) I can’t becomes your main branding statement. In fact, you now start most sentences with I can’t.
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Success Can be just 60 seconds Away!
SOME SOLUTIONS: Realize that most people post an inflated bio—your bio is probably fine. Remember your history: success can be just sixty seconds away-review the story about the British navy quitting at the Dardanelles (It happened in 1915 –look it up!) The Turks were just sixty seconds away from surrendering, but the British quit. Many lives were then needlessly lost. So don’t quit! Lay off comparing yourself with others. Go back to Brain Hack #1 (click here) and focus on your individual identity and your uniqueness.
Evaluate your business model and see how far you’ve come. Go back to Brain Hack #5 (click here) and eat some dark chocolate to reward yourself. Take an assessment of your main strengths and write them down in your journal. Re-evaluate your personal goals and write down three things you can do immediately. It will give you hope, which is a wonderful remedy for the not good enough feeling.
5 Tips to Get Over the Imposter Syndrome
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- Tip #1: Your bio is fine. Lay off comparing yourself with others and keep focused on your plans and goals.
- Tip #2: Don’t quit. Many battles are lost in the last minutes. Perseverance and tenacity are of greater value than a high I.Q.
- Tip #3: Identify your uniqueness. This takes thought and time to pinpoint how you’re different than all the other clones in your field. Journaling really helps with this process, as well as meeting with other like-minded professionals.
- Tip #4: Evaluate, re-evaluate, then act. Take the time to evaluate how far you’ve come and areas of weaknesses you can improve on. Then move on.
- Tip #5: Celebrate! After re-evaluating, celebrate even the small steps. Yes, you do deserve some chocolate! (did you know there’s almost no calories in small chunks?) Just kidding of course. But find something that gives you hope and makes you smile. I’m including my recipe for my dark chocolate torte. It’s gluten-free, low in calories and actually good for you!
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