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WHAT TO DO WHEN IMPOSTER SYNDROME HITS
Take A Step Back
- Recognize that you’ve simply hit a zone of fear.
- Pay attention to the things you’re saying in your mind. They are probably self-limiting beliefs that are not true.
Take a Break
- Have you rested? Eaten food? Drank water? Handle these ASAP.
- Take an hour or two and zone out doing something you love that isn’t stressful.
- Call a loved one that supports what you’re trying to do.
Get Your Knowledge Up
- Do you feel inadequate in an area that you feel you shouldn’t? It’s okay. Start doing research on Google or buy a book on the subject.
- Allocate at least one day a week that dedicate to learning something new. Take a class, a webinar, listen to an audiobook.
- Take notes.
- Implement right away. The faster you use the knowledge, the better you will feel. Confidence is king.
Find a Tribe
- Find groups of people that are going through a similar journey. Join Facebook groups, meetups, or start a Mastermind group. Sharing ideas and learning from one another with expedite your growth and your confidence.
Remember Your Accomplishments
- Most people feeling this way have a long list of accomplishments. Write out a list of things that you’ve done and are proud of. Put up the awards hiding in your drawer. Recall the compliment someone gave you the other day.
- You are amazing and you don’t actually need anymore validation. If you do, refer back to your tribe and they will remind you that you’re doing a great job.
Focus Out, Not In
- Focus on your why. Most of use are in the business of service. If you have to give a speech, or build an important business relationship, or get funding for a cause – focus on the cause. It’s not about YOU, it’s about helping serve THEM.
I know most people reading this will not do any of the things they’ve read because they believe reading it is enough. Don’t be that person. DOING is what matters. If you hate feeling the imposter syndrome, then do something about it. I sometimes feel it too, and I have to do all of these things to get out of my funk. It works.
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