Who do you think you are or how to deal with the impostor syndrome.
This past weekend I was shooting videos to share my content with the world. This is my biggest offering to date. I was venturing way out of my comfort zone making my work public and widely available. This, of course, raised some fears, and the biggest one was the fear of being seen as an impostor. As a result I struggled for 2 days doing take after take and not being able to keep my focus long enough to have a satisfactory video segment. The voice in my head kept distracting me with the question “who do you think you are?”. At times I felt like crying but I did not want to ruin the beautiful make-up work that my cosmetician did.
Since I was determined to finish, I kept trying. Then I reached Step 6 of The Authentic, Empowered and Connected Process called Learn How to Feel the Fear and Do It Anyway. I thought to myself: “see you are an impostor you need to learn your own material first”. I then applied some simple strategies and eventually I was able to finish the task.
Here are 5 strategies to deal with the impostor syndrome:
- Counteract the negative self-talk. Remind yourself of your achievements, if you are an entrepreneur read you client’s testimonials, and also remind yourself of your strengths.
- Fully accept that you will be criticized, judged or envied and think about what is the worst it can happen. Once you shine a light on this fear it usually loses it’s power.
- Always keep your purpose in mind. Why is it important for you to do this? The stronger your WHY the stronger the determination.
- Delight in the positive outcomes of your daring. Think about everything positive that will come out of this.
- Accept failure, even if you might fail why is still good that you have taken the action.
It was 2 am on Sunday night when I finished the videos, they are far for being perfect but I was proud that I stuck with it and did it despite the voice inside my head. I have been receiving good feedback. Register here to see them all and learn even more strategies.
Your Strategic Achievement Assignment:
When was the last time you felt the impostor syndrome? What strategies have you used to move yourself forward?
I would love to hear from you, please comment below.
Remember, you are amazing!