Do you fear that people think you’re just “faking it” and don’t really know what you’re doing?
Do nagging thoughts of being seen as a “fraud” stop you from realizing your potential as an entrepreneur?
Do you notice that being seen as “an “imposter” stops you from taking that next leap in your business and potentially stops thousands, tens of thousands, or even millions of dollars in income?
“There are still days when I wake up feeling like a fraud.”
Sheryl Sandberg, the COO of Facebook, said these words in a very vulnerable moment recently.
Many high-achievers (up to 70% according to recent research) struggle to own their success while fighting a persistent fear that they’ll be exposed as a fraud.
For us entrepreneurs, imposter syndrome usually looks something like this:
- You’re meeting with investors or fellow entrepreneurs and you notice a feeling of panic that they’ll realize you have no idea what you’re talking about.
- To the outside world, you’ve had a string of successes. People look up to you. But for some reason you can’t internalize your wins. Instead, you beat yourself up about what could have been.
- You’ve been invited to give a talk or lead a panel. You feel excited one moment. But the next moment, you feel sheer panic and wonder, “Why did they pick me?”
- You get a great idea for a product or ways to tweak something you already have. That thought is quickly silenced by a flood of thoughts that range from “why bother?” to “no one’s going to buy it.”
Imposter Syndrome zaps your emotional strength, motivation, and creativity and often brings your business to a screeching halt.
On the other hand, imagine creating a business and life that aligns with your hopes and dreams instead of your fears.
Imagine waking up energized and being confident in your ability to create.
Imagine standing with peers, knowing “I belong.”
The purpose of counseling is to help you learn practical skills to make peace with imposter syndrome and, most importantly, not let it derail your dreams.
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