Imposter Syndrome Anyone?

One of the questions I am hearing more from my clients and other friends is how to deal with imposter syndrome.  Often my clients don't use this term. It will creep into our conversations in different ways such as "I'm not sure I can do this..."  or "I don't know what to say or post..."  or "I'm not ready..." 

An estimated 70% of people experience these impostor feelings at some point in their lives, according to a review article published in the International Journal of Behavioral Science.

In case you are unsure of the definition of imposter syndrome, it is: the idea that you’ve only succeeded due to luck, and not because of your talent or qualifications; that you are unqualified to do the tasks or job at hand. 

Below are 3 ways to deal with imposter syndrome:

1.) Talk to yourself.  Yep!  You read this correctly.  I am a big believer in talking to yourself and getting your head together when necessary.  We often need to stop and ask ourselves where the whispers are coming from and why.  Learning to stop ourselves and know our triggers will be helpful for your growth. 

2.) Get Busy.  I am a firm believer that clarity comes from action.  If you are facing doubt or insecurity it normally means that you are NOT doing enough.  You have what it takes but you are not using your mental muscles to remind yourself that you capable.  You are enough!  So get busy doing the work.  Write the posts everyday.  Create the newsletter.  Do the video.  Start the podcast.  The more you do - the more you will see the value you bring to the world. 

3.) Create Your Tribe.  It is important to have a strong support system.  Those friends or colleagues that know your gifts, strengths and talents.  They will remind you of your magic when times are tough or you are feeling less than fabulous.  Create an amazing tribe. 

I hope these 3 tips will help. Let me know!  Please share with others or someone you know may be struggling get started and staying focused due to imposter syndrome!