If you haven’t heard the term “Imposter Syndrome” before, either you’ve managed to escape its grip, or you haven’t known the term to describe the crippling self-doubt that comes with putting yourself out there. So, before we discuss how to overcome Imposter Syndrome, let’s define it.
Imposter Syndrome is the idea that you’re a “fraud” amongst professionals. You haven’t earned the success you’re achieving. Or you never will experience any success because you don’t know what you’re doing, and soon enough, everyone else will find that out, too.
I have been there. Starting my business was me being and feeling like the biggest Imposter. Cue the fake glasses, big nose mustache costume. That’s exactly how I felt.
The thing is, everyone feels this way. Where do you think the phrase “fake it ’til you make it” came from? Have no doubt that the most successful people, the ones you admire and aspire to be like, have felt exactly like you do right now.
What you need to do is be yourself and do what feels right, because you’ll be criticized either way. Do what you know you want to do. Lean into the fear—the “fraud,” if you will—and do the damn thing! That’s the only way to get beyond it.
I help clients verbalize their imposter and see it for what it is without allowing it to cripple them. You are stronger than those fears and thoughts. Because, really, that’s all imposter syndrome is—fear manifesting in a different way.
I encourage you to let go of the idea of needing to be perfect to make the (or any) move. Wait for X number of degrees, training, certifications, etc. There will never be the perfect time. The perfect time to start believing in you is now.