Do you Suffer from Imposter Syndrome in Business?
Imposter syndrome is that overwhelming feeling that you don’t deserve success.
It can convince you that you’re not talented, intelligent or creative enough.
You can also relate it to the fear of success, fear of failure or even, self-sabotage.
Typically, imposter syndrome shows its ugly head at the brink of success; starting a new business or job, receiving an award, rank advancement or when teaching others. It is often confused with lack of self-confidence or self-esteem where … there’s a whole lot more to it than that.
In this blog we’re going to explore it a little bit more and I want you to leave with tips on how to overcome and/or manage it. We see it so much in business and the network marketing industry that I felt strongly to talk about it. Sort of like, eliminating the elephant in the room.
Imposter Syndrome is Often Associated with High Achievers
Many people assume that imposter syndrome as someone (or ourselves) being a fraud. Let’s debunk that assumption because guess what? Frauds don’t worry about if they’re a fraud, right? Great, let’s move on.
The truth is, we often don’t realize when we are suffering from imposter syndrome and this is where a great support circle or a mentor is especially beneficial. For some people, this fear of success can motivate you to work harder however, the majority will downgrade their goals and lose ambition.
This happens (in summary) because we become afraid that if we can’t maintain the accolade, level of success or otherwise that others will call us lucky or, we shouldn’t have achieved it in the first place. Please remember this is what that nasty inner voice inside our heads are telling us because, the few that may believe that — aren’t your people anyways.
There have been a number of studies that support imposter syndrome being related to high achievers and I don’t disagree.
Has anyone ever told you that you’re selling yourself short?
I think we’ve all heard that at one point or another and, this is great cause to evaluate if we are suffering from imposter syndrome. It was believed that this syndrome was male dominant, generally those in executive type roles.
However, with the rise of women in these roles (and others), the data isn’t sufficient enough to support either way …
… BUT it is suggested that women are deemed more resilient and, are typically more positive than men, when being held accountable. (we can always learn from women, can’t we?!)
So, I would encourage you to think about your goals for a moment;
- Are they ambitious enough for you?
- Do you feel like you’ve set the bar high enough?
- Are your goals comfortable and safe?
- How confident do you feel in achieving them?
If goal setting is an area that you could use a little help with — please let me know how I can help!
Does your Team Suffer from Imposter Syndrome?
Impostor Syndrome doesn’t just hurt the people who experience it. It also hurts the teams and businesses that they belong to. So, if you are in a leadership role (or aspiring to be), it’s a good idea to keep an eye out for team members who are struggling with feelings of inadequacy.
Other ‘side effects’ include;
- Refusing to own success
- Perfectionist traits
- Over thinkers
Please Note: If you or someone you are working with displays the above traits it doesn’t mean they are dealing with imposter syndrome BUT, definitely something to keep on your radar!
Tips to Overcome Imposter Syndrome
Like many unfavorable things, admitting that we have imposter syndrome is the hardest part. Much of this is because we are under the assumption that the opposite looks like being self-righteous, arrogant or the all-too-important. I want to assure you that this is NOT the case.
So first and foremost, identify your feelings and write them down. Then, take some time to describe a situation that you were experiencing self-doubt, lack of confidence and/or fear of success as it relates to your business.
The more detailed you can be, the better.
Talk to Others!
Reach out and talk to people you trust. You might be surprised by how many of your friends and team members can relate to how you feel. Listen to the people you respect in your life and let them show you how your fears are unsupported.
Then, explore and understand your strengths and weaknesses.
Once you have a deeper understanding of your strengths and weaknesses, you won’t have to spend so much time worrying that you’re not qualified for certain projects or roles. Develop a supportive network of people who can help you to appreciate the reality of your situation and help you filter out your negative self-talk.
When we have a clear picture of our strengths and weaknesses, it can help us double down on the strengths and mimimix the weaknesses.
Lastly, own your SUCCESS!
Often, those who suffer with imposter syndrome struggle with accepting compliments. This can often look like attributing our success to outside factors like good luck or help from others. Although both may be true — it’s your success to own.
A great way to start owning your success is celebrating yourself once you’ve accomplished a goal or achievement. One way to help make this process a little simpler … visualize your success before it happens. This way, you can welcome it instead of being afraid of it.
Do you suffer from imposter syndrome? Know someone who does? Be sure to share this post with others who will benefit in identifying if they too, are dealing with this culprit!
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