In this episode of Confidence on the Go we’re chatting about:
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Impostor syndrome (also known as impostor phenomenon or fraud syndrome or the imposter 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”.
Feeling like a fraud and like you are going to be “found out”
Feeling like you don’t belong and never will – that you’re just pretending in life
Feeling unworthy and less than, like you are faking it at life
Feeling afraid of being found out to be a fool or to look stupid
It makes you hide.
It makes you not want to take action at all.
It causes deep internal anxiety
“I have written eleven books, but each time I think, ‘uh oh, they’re going to find out now. I’ve run a game on everybody, and they’re going to find me out.’ “ – Maya Angelou
“Sometimes I wake up in the morning before going off to a shoot, and I think, I can’t do this. I’m a fraud.” – Kate Winslett
So stop waiting for permission – life has given you permission because you are alive and because you have your own story. Your story and your willingness to learn and grow qualifies you RIGHT NOW.
When you see Impostor Syndrome as a friend – as a sign that you’re actually doing something with your life and you are in the ranks of those who pursue greatness – then you will learn to embrace it more openly and ignore it’s whisperings. Instead its whisperings will just be a sign that you are indeed on your way to doing something that matters … that, no matter the internal self-doubt and self-chatter in your mind, you are indeed on the right path.
You are smarter than you think.
You have had a hand in your own success.
You have more self-efficacy than you think.
You have the ability to grow and adapt – trust that.
Take action because you are destined to – not because it’s about you, but because it’s about others and helping them.
Stop worrying about “what people will think of you” – who cares?!
Keep compliments, notes, feedback, praise, affirmation.
Make a list of your strengths, values, talents.
Stop minimizing yourself and thinking that you are “just average” or that you don’t have anything to offer the world.
Having setbacks or hiccups along the way doesn’t mean you didn’t or don’t belong … it means that you are growing. Don’t interpret “losing” as prove that you were wrong to try – that you didn’t deserve to be a contender – it’s simply part of life.
When you hold back, you are robbing the world. It is better for you to venture out and feel like an impostor than to selfishly sit on the side – thinking about all the things you want to do and could do, but feeling inadequate to do them.
Life is short – don’t allow yourself any room for the regret of not having tried or having put yourself out there. Most often it is fear of judgment or exposure that causes the lie of the impostor to ring deeply. Focus your thoughts and energy instead on your desire to leave a legacy – to do something that matters – and realize that the only day you have is today, so take action and do something!
Be empowered to know that you are not alone – and life is a puzzle that we get to piece together one day at a time. Live with boldness .
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Hey, oh my goodness I just read your book Insecurity Detox and I totally forgot your podcast until I read it and I got this email today. I loved your podcast today and I’m about to go through all of them. I’m on the road to transformation and transforming myself to be a woman of God where He wants me to be. I’m done with being afraid of speaking up. My husband and I have our own ministry brand new carrying a cross around our community early mornings even though we don’t have funds to do what we need to do yet. We are starting small. I have a photography business I don’t get much traffic because I don’t speak up so many people don’t know about it or some do but don’t get support. But my photography is gonna be for inspiration and for people who came a long way and stuff like that. Then we have started up a new thing called faithful harvest creations based on working for God and having prints on sell, signs and stuff like that. Also I’m in process of trying to write my own book my story of cutting myself and having other wring stuff on my mind. But also I want to inspire young kids and women that you can overcome anything. Right now I’m preparing myself to eat healthier, work out more, get my self-confidence in check and look forward not backwards. I would love for you to coach me but can’t afford it but I will be listening to your podcasts, your emails, and stuff that you write. Thanks for being an inspiration to many and being you. Praying everything that you set your hands on that God will bless you.