You’re Not An Imposter- You’re The Real Deal Report
It happens all the time. We start coaching an eager business owner or entrepreneur and run into a roadblock: imposter syndrome. When people start saying things like:
- “Nobody is going to hire me”
- “I don’t know enough to…”
- “I’m not smart enough, good enough, rich enough, funny enough to..”
- “I don’t belong in these circles”
We know we’re dealing with imposter syndrome. Impostor syndrome, something many people experience, is when you doubt your abilities and feel like a fraud, even when you've achieved success. It's like having a constant fear that others will discover you're not as capable as they think you are.
People with impostor syndrome often downplay their achievements, attributing them to luck or outside factors rather than their own skills and hard work. They compare themselves to others and believe they're not as smart or skilled, even if evidence suggests otherwise.
We’re here to remind you that you are right where you need to be. You’re smart enough, experienced enough, and deserve a spot at the table. It's important to know that impostor syndrome doesn't reflect reality. The feelings of inadequacy and self-doubt are often unfounded, and many successful and capable individuals struggle with this. Recognizing and addressing it is crucial for personal growth and mental well-being.
When we have clients struggling with this kind of negative self-talk, we do a few of the following things to shut that voice up (it's a liar) and help them acknowledge what they know to be true:
- Write down your accomplishments and reflect on the hard work you put in to get there. Sometimes seeing your achievements on paper can help you recognize your worth.
- Establish limits with systems or people that hinder your well-being and progress.
- Claim responsibility for clear achievements.
- Regularly conduct self-care assessments.
And in case you didn’t hear us the first time: you are worthy, you are smart enough, good enough, and you have something that the world needs. You’re the real deal.