Welcome back to the She Dreams All Day podcast, where today we talk about something I’ve wanted to discuss for a long time.
As business owners and entrepreneurs, I find this is something that comes up a lot. And it’s something we need to work on to have a successful biz.
So join me on today’s podcast for some simple ways to overcome the dreaded *imposter syndrome*.
IMPOSTER SYNDROME IS NOT A VIBE.
Imposter syndrome is a real thing. It’s a huge, giant thing that can affect your everyday life and massively slow down your dreams and progress.
That’s why it’s important to know imposter syndrome doesn’t define you. You are not an imposter.
You are a dreamer.
There’s no room here for self-sabotaging.
Imposter syndrome shows up in our minds, like we don’t deserve what we want the most.
It tells us we don’t deserve passive income or a thoughtful and engaged audience.
But it’s BS.
This imposter syndrome that creeps up as self-doubt isn’t right when it tells you to not strive for a dream pyjama lifestyle or an extraordinary life.
You are not a fraud because there’s no evidence of you being a success. Everyone starts somewhere, and don’t let Regina George sit on your shoulder and tell you otherwise.
Where do these thoughts come from?
I don’t believe there’s just one reason for experiencing imposter syndrome.
Imposter syndrome is going to affect everyone differently, for different reasons.
Whether it’s the environment you grew up in, being alongside people who expect a lot from you, or even the pressures of social media and everyday life in general.
It’s especially common in content creators and entrepreneurs, maybe even more so with introverts.
We’ve all had our fair share of imposter syndrome, and back in my secret blogger days, I just felt embarrassed. Embarrassed that I wanted an extraordinary life, and that I wanted more.
I kept asking myself; why would anyone listen to me? Or follow me? Why does it matter what I say?
The truth is, these ‘boo boo, feel sorry for me’ thoughts are powerful. And it’s heartbreaking to think about how much they affected me.
There will be times when the imposter syndrome is more present.
When you’ll think nobody cares or is listening and watching. And at first, they might not be. We all start with zero followers. Zero people who care or listen, but it’s the confidence and consistency that will get you there.
It’s sad to see creators stop creating.
Make sure you stick out these tough times. Repeat them. Keep going. Remind yourslf, just because you think you’re an imposter, doesn’t mean you are one.
If you were or anyone else, there wouldn’t be successful entrepreneurs.
We cannot let imposter syndrome win.
Take your power back and say goodbye Regina George, you’re not welcome here.
HOW TO ESCAPE IMPOSTER SYNDROME:
Share your journey
Tell the truth! Share your journey.
Share it with your audience, even if only one person is listening.
No one is better equipped out there to tell your truth but you, and trust me, we’ve all experienced some kind of imposter syndrome in our lives (even the creators you look up to).
Share your truth with all your heart. Your audience will get it.
Remember you don’t need to be an expert to share your story and knowledge
Take that unnecessary pressure off yourself.
People don’t connect with projects. They connect with people.
The unique experiences and knowledge that you will have acquired on your journey matters.
You might share a tip or trick that is normal to you, but brand new information to someone else.
For example, there are so many articles about the best productivity tips.
What’s going to set your article apart? Your ideas. Perspective. Your truth could change the life of someone else!
So don’t think; ‘I can’t post this because it’s been said before.’ It might have been, but it’s not been said by you.
And remind yourself, no one judges you the way you think they do!
No one is worried about your business like you are.
They’re wrapped up in themselves and their own life.
Zoom out, get perspective.
Show up. Disassociate yourself from limiting beliefs and imposter syndrome.
Follow your dream vision.
Think – why did you start your blog/business in the first place? What is your core message? Everything I do relates back to this message (like quiet people can do amazing things).
That’s what matters. Not your thoughts.
Your message is what you’re here to do and share.
We have to believe.
Believe in ourselves to have success online.
That is the true shortcut to success.
No wise words or strategies are going to be that quick fix to grow that audience. It starts with your believing you can have it. Believing we all have something to share.
So no, you’re not an imposter.
You’re a dreamer going after something you want!
Oh, and when it happens, please know it’s not a fluke.
After all, you were meant to do amazing things.