Do you struggle with feeling like a pretender?

Have you ever felt like you have nothing to contribute to a conversation? Do you sometimes feel like no one will listen to you, or that you don’t have the expertise to call yourself a professional?

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 That’s imposter syndrome. It’s a mindset that makes us feel like we are pretending to be someone because we don’t have the {experience/knowledge/insert excuse here} to back it up.

 Listen my friend, we have ALL been there and we will continue to experience those feelings and thoughts for probably the rest of our lives. But it’s how we deal with those feelings that separates us from someone who throws in the towel, and someone who pushes through and succeeds.

 Here are 3 quick tips for overcoming imposter syndrome:

Recognize those feelings when they emerge

Being able to stop yourself, and ask why you are having those feelings is the first step to conquering them. Why are you having those feelings? Do you have social proof that they are real?  Once you can pin point the triggers of imposter feelings, you can be better able to manage them. 

Stop minimizing your value

Remind yourself that it is normal to not know everything, and that you will learn more as you gain more experience. You are never going to be “the best” social media manager or “the best” graphic designer, there will always be someone doing it better than you. If you are holding back until you learn a certain piece of software or until you have so many years experience, you will find yourself in this same position 6 months or a year or 2 years from now. I have a file where I save all the wonderful things people have said about me, and I go to that file when I feel imposter syndrome creeping in

Seek help when you need it

You are not alone. There are hundreds of thousands of people out there, who have been in the exact same position as you. It is through coaching and community that we learn from each other, and asking for help allows you to accelerate your growth so you don’t end up spinning your wheels week after week. 

Overcoming imposter syndrome is a lot of trial and error. What works for one person, may not work for another. But so long as you can be kind to yourself, you will find that you are one step closer to beating it. 

Hit reply and let me know what you do to overcome your fears!

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