Do you ever feel like a fraud? Do you worry that you will be “exposed” at any moment? Have trouble accepting praise? You may be suffering from Imposter Syndrome.
According to Psychology Today, people who struggle with imposter syndrome have an underlying belief that they are undeserving of their achievements. They feel that they aren’t as competent or intelligent or creative as others might think—and that soon enough, people will discover the truth. It It often disproportionately affects high-achievers, who find it difficult to accept their accomplishments.
Originally referred to as “Imposter Phenomenon” the concept was first brought to public attention by Psychologists Pauline Rose Clance and Suzanne Imes in a 1978 Study, which focused on high-achieving women. They say “Despite outstanding academic and professional accomplishments, women who experience the imposter phenomenon persist in believing that they are really not bright and have fooled anyone who thinks otherwise.”
If you experience this feeling of being an imposter - You are not alone. Turns out 70% of us experience impostor syndrome at some point in our lives.
You may have found yourself asking yourself the same questions over and over.
Who am I to start a blog, youtube channel, or podcast? Who am I to write a book, become a coach, or create an online course? Who am I to be a CEO or a Founder or an Influencer? Who am I to charge for my work? Who will listen? Who will watch? Who will care? What will people think of me?
The truth is you have a mission and a message to share with the world. With the news and media bombarding us with negativity, why wouldn’t we as artists and creatives and visionaries and entrepreneurs want to be bombarding the world with our gifts, our passions, our creativity?
Marianne Williamson says, “Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure. It is our light, not our darkness that most frightens us. We ask ourselves, 'Who am I to be brilliant, gorgeous, talented, fabulous?' Actually, who are you not to be?”
Why can’t you start the next cutting edge podcast, blog or write that book? Why can't you be the CEo of a fortune 500 company? Why shouldn't you be the next YouTube or Spotify sensation?
The good news about imposter syndrome is that you wouldn't feel these feelings if you weren't on the precipice of greatness. If you weren't a high achiever. If you weren't following your dreams. So congratulations! You're about to step into who you are truly meant to be!
In this episode we deep dive into identifying the role the Imposter Syndrome plays in our lives and how to overcome it and gain the confidence we need to pursue our dreams.
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