You look at her standing there on the stage talking with such conviction. She seems so confident, so sure of herself, like she has it all figured out. You watch her work the room at a networking event, she’s poised and gracious and exudes confidence. You wonder how? How come some people seem to just have it? They seem to just belong! While you feel like you stand out like a sore thumb in the crowd because ‘everyone knows you don’t belong there’, right?!
Here’s the thing though, if you’re there, it’s because you belong there!
All you’re having is a massive dose of Imposter Syndrome and let me let you in on a secret: see that woman you perceive as so confident and sure of herself? She’s had it too. She’s just learned to manage it.

Imposter Syndrome can be crippling for some women, exhausting for others and down right overwhelming for others and it has the ability to stop your business growth right in its tracks. So, how do you recognise it and what can you do about it?

Here are the 5 most recognisable signs of Imposter Syndrome:

1 Constantly waiting for the day when you get found out!

Maybe it pops up when you’re asked to speak at an event or work with a high profile client. This leads to nerves, overthinking or maybe cancelling altogether. That’s not good for business, right?!

2 Putting all your achievements down to luck.

What happens when the luck runs out? This leaves you in a constant state of stress and who can perform at their best when they feel constantly stressed?

3 Over-performing/ achieving/ working

OK, this one might sound a little counter-intuitive because any level of success requires work, but, imposter syndrome induced over-performing leads to feeling constant pressure to perform at that level all the time, leading to burnout. Burnt out people don’t tend to make the best decisions.

4 Pointing out your flaws and/ or minimising your achievements.

You believe that if you can do something, it can’t be that hard, right?! You can’t receive compliments about your work or your abilities without putting your self down and you think: ‘well if I can do it anyone can so why would anyone pay me to do it’… and just like that your business ideas and aspirations fade into the darkness, never to be seen again.

5 – Never trusting your own decisions.

This can lead to constantly changing your mind. Starting projects and never finishing them. If you can’t decide what you’re doing how will customers or your teams know what you do or what they’re meant to be doing?

Do you identify with any of these traits?

Imposter Syndrome all comes down to identity and who you believe you are and where you believe that you belong. Somewhere along the line, you’ve decided that you are not worthy, that you don’t belong, that you’re not good enough. As a result, you’ve developed habits and strategies to prove yourself right, time and time again. And that proof is led by your imposter rearing its head.

Imposter Syndrome is a little like an itch that never goes away, you won’t ever kick it to the curb or get rid of it once and for all, but you can work on the limiting beliefs that have formed your identity, you can get to know your imposter so that you recognise that it is trying to protect you, you can identify the habits and strategies you use to give power to the imposter and you can then begin to foster new habits and strategies to manage it.

If you really want to start taking control of your imposter syndrome then head over and book your place on the live (via Zoom) Goodbye Imposter, Hello Confidence course starting on 14th October.

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