How to Beat Impostor Syndrome

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How to Beat Impostor Syndrome

What is Impostor Syndrome

Do you feel like you don’t deserve the title you have? Do you think that sooner or later someone is going to find you out? If you’re starting a business, do you feel like you have no reason to believe you’ll be successful? This is impostor syndrome, and it can kill your dreams faster than anything if you let it. Here are a few ways you can determine if you have impostor syndrome:

  • You are a perfectionist.

  • You procrastinate often.

  • You fear failure.

  • You often wonder how you even got to this point of success in your business.

  • You fear someone will call you out for being a fake.

If any of these describe you, you most likely have impostor syndrome.

I really struggled with this when I started my business. I knew I was good at catching other people’s errors, but was I good enough to do this professionally for such a serious field of business?

I froze at the thought of marketing my business. I was so afraid of failing that I didn’t even want to try to get clients. It held me back for months until I decided to just go for it.

My husband’s sign of impostor syndrome showed up as perfectionism. When people started asking him to do work for them, he argued that his work wasn’t professional enough to get paid for, so he would work for such low rates that it wasn’t really worth doing the work. He has since raised his rates and is working on bigger, more detailed projects. I’m so proud of him.

How do you overcome impostor syndrome? Here are some tips that can help you beat it for good.

How to Overcome Impostor Syndrome

Acknowledge that you have impostor syndrome and accept it

This is always the first step. You can’t move on from something that you won’t acknowledge or recognize is there.

Know that you are not alone

No one is immune to impostor syndrome. Even the most successful people in the world have experience with it. Sometimes just knowing you’re not the only one with these feelings can help a lot.

Ask for help

Not asking for help is a major symptom of impostor syndrome. Sometimes we think that if we need to ask for help, why do we think we can even do this? We think that we should be able to figure this out on our own, but the truth is there are people out there who would love to help you. Asking for help is not a sign of weakness or incompetence; it’s a sign of maturity and professionalism.

Let go of perfection

I talked a little about this above, but I really just want to expand on that here. Impostor syndrome can cause perfectionism to the point that it will freeze you in your tracks. The truth is we are our own worst critics. That coupled with the fact that perfection is impossible to reach can have us feeling completely inadequate. Let go of the desire to make everything perfect. No one is going to notice the little things that you notice, and even if they do, they likely won’t care. Progress is better than perfection. Let it go and move on.

Be confident in your experience

Realize that there is a reason you’re here. You made it to this point in your business or job because of the talent or experience that you’ve had, not because you’ve faked it the entire time. You know what you’re doing. You took that training or passed that test or have had plenty of experience for you to know exactly what you’re doing. Be confident in that.

Stop procrastinating

Stop letting fear decide when or if you get things done to further your business. If you’ve followed the steps above, you’re ready to kick procrastination to the curb for good. One good way to do this is to make a plan for your year, month, week, and day. I have a weekly business planner printable in the free resource library that can help you do that.

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Impostor syndrome can be devastating to your new business if you’re not intentional about overcoming it. Following the steps above will help tremendously. These are the steps I used to overcome my fear of failure due to impostor syndrome, and I hope that they help you too.

Have you beat impostor syndrome? I’d love to hear your story in the comments below!

Until next time,

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