10 Tips to Conquer Imposter Syndrome
Impostor syndrome -
(also known as impostor phenomenon or fraud syndrome or the impostor experience) is a concept describing high-achieving individuals who are marked by an inability to internalize their accomplishments and a persistent fear of being exposed as a "fraud".
I believe the main reason entrepreneurs feel this is because we are all hard wired to seek approval. If we want a job, we must meet the expectations of the position, then interview for it, where other people must decide that we can perform adequately. There is always someone above us that let's us know we are good enough.
As an entrepreneur, you are that person above, you have to give yourself the "nod of approval."
I have made a list of ways to beat imposter syndrome when the feeling creeps in.
1. REALIZE THAT THE SUCCESS YOU HAVE SEEN IS BECAUSE OF YOU.
You did something to get to where you are today. You took a leap of faith on yourself and said yes to an opportunity. You took the opportunity that presented itself.
2. FIND A MENTOR.
By speaking with someone else in your niche, you can discuss these fears without judgement, and hear a first-hand experience from someone who has likely felt the same. Whether you are 1 year into business or 5, there is something out there that can teach you more. We learn from our experiences, but we can learn heaps from others experiences.
3. REMIND YOURSELF, NO ONE IS PERFECT.
Literally, no one. You cannot be 100% accurate at everything that you do. The way you design a PDF is going to be different than how someone else designs a PDF, that doesn't mean the way you do it is wrong. There may be someone that makes PDF's look phenomenal, but they still aren't perfect.
4. MAKE A LIST OF THINGS YOU DO WELL.
If you're struggling and it is getting in the way of your work, make a list! Visualizing the things that you do well will remind you why you went into the business that you did.
5. HELP SOMEONE ELSE.
Reach out to your business community. There is likely an entrepreneur that is newer than you that has questions you could answer. Helping someone else will make you feel better as well as remind you where you once were and how far you have come.
6. CONTINUOUS LEARNING.
Never stop learning! Invest in a platform that teaches tasks useful in your niche, such as SkillShare or Linda.com. By investing in your continued learning, you can fine-tune the skills you already have, and continue enhancing them.
7. KEEP TRACK OF YOUR SUCCESSES.
I mean this in the literal sense. Take screenshots when someone compliments your work. Write down in a notebook any time someone says something nice about a job you did for them. Keep track of the money you've made! Track it all, and when you are doubting yourself, take a look.
8. STOP COMPARING YOURSELF TO STRANGERS ON THE INTERNET.
There are SO MANY entrepreneurs. And nearly all of them are 90% online. Stop sitting on the internet and comparing yourself to "Masterminds" or people with paid-ads claiming they made thousands in mere minutes. Just stop comparing! Your success and your journey is your own.
9. FAKE IT TILL YOU MAKE IT.
No, really. This doesn't make you an imposter. This means you are learning! There is new technology and new platforms in tech every day. The first day a platform exists, there is no "expert" but eventually someone decides to learn it, and become that expert. So learn! If clients want a skill that you aren't an expert in, then put in the time to learn it and soon enough, you're the expert!
10. REALIZE THAT EVERYONE HAS FELT THIS WAY AND YOU ARE NOT ALONE.
Verbalize your feelings. As soon as you admit the feeling, I bet you realize that you don't actually feel that way at all. Talk with your peers.