I feel like an imposter every day.
Imposter syndrome is loosely defined as doubting your abilities and feeling like a fraud. Being an entrepreneur, I've always been hard on myself. At times too hard. My archetype is the perfectionist.
Here are 6 ways I battle it.
1. Acknowledge It Exists
It sounds simple, but in reality, it's not. As I write this, I feel it, like someone looking over my shoulder saying I am not a good enough writer to write this thread. Thanks to Adam Tank, I can now label it a Demogorgon and slay it.
2. Get In Front
I've realized over time there are situations where my imposter syndrome is heightened.
Setting unrealistic goals
Putting too much on my plate
Not getting enough rest
Leaving things to the last minute
By knowing my trigger, I can avoid being an imposter.
3. Let People In
I have an amazing support system. My fiancé, friends, and family have always had my back. Simply talking with someone who knows me when I feel the creep of I.S. always talks me off the ledge. Lean on your inner circle when you have to.
4. Take A Break
When I feel overwhelmed, I stop what I am doing, close my eyes and breathe. Meditation is also a helpful tool. It would serve me better if I focused more on being mindful in these situations. When I reset my mindset, I come back with a fresh set of eyes.
5. Positive Vibes
I'm a perfectionist.
I deeply care about the work I do. When I fall short of my expectations, I go back and read some of the messages I've received over the last few years. Knowing I can make a difference gives me those vibes.
This is by far the most effective way I deal with my creep. Pro athletes do it all the time. They're human just like us. I close my eyes and manifest the outcomes I desire.
Imposter syndrome is very real. I thought I was alone in this. What I've come to find is we all suffer from a touch of this creep. Don't let him defeat you. Show him that you are worthy and capable to do whatever you put your mind to.
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