Imposter Syndrome

coaching coaching practice imposter syndrome Feb 16, 2022
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Imposter Syndrome - such a buzz word around the online coaching industry. It’s used to capture the insecurities in people… especially in those that are stepping out and doing something new. 

 

Let’s break down Imposter Syndrome... It really is about lack of confidence. 

Confidence can be defined as:

  1. The state of feeling certain about the truth of something.
  2. A feeling of self-assurance arising from one's appreciation of one's own abilities or qualities.

 

So Imposter Syndrome, or lack of confidence, can happen for two reasons: 

  1. Lack of confidence because you don’t actually know what you are doing. You actually lack the SKILL. If someone asked you to build a house, and didn’t know a thing about how to do it, you would be feeling like an imposter telling them "yes" because you legit have no clue what you are doing! It’s super easy to “cure” this…you find out HOW to do it.
  2. Lack of belief in self. This is a little harder to address. Most times when we are lacking a belief in self, we will seek out more “certifications/tools” because it makes us FEEL credible… this is a false sense of confidence. 

 

A few things you can do to reduce when imposter syndrome rears its ugly head:

  1. Check in with yourself. Have you been CONSUMING too much of other people’s content and are now feeling “less” about yours?
    • If the answer is yes, do a social media purge. Stop following others like you…follow leaders or ones who inspire you versus those who trigger you and focus on content that will help you better understand and reach your ideal client.
  2. Before you sign up for the next “certification” check in with WHY you want/need it. If it's because you are feeling “unqualified” find a mindset coach/mentor who will help you unpack this. DO NOT AVOID this part. And then sign up!
    • If it's a lack of confidence because of lack of experience, find ways to practice in your day to day, or ask a friend to help you, role play, etc.
  3. AND FINALLY, reach out to me, I am here to help!

Is Imposter Syndrome something you've struggled with? Is it something you continue to face or something you've overcome?

I want to hear about the things YOU'VE discovered have worked for you in overcoming this incredible obstacle.