Fear and feelings of being ‘a fraud’ when it comes to our businesses are a lot more common than a lot of us realize. In fact, many people experience these feelings, including me.
It’s become quite common, especially in this day and age of social media where people only share the super filtered, perfect version of their lives. Most people aren’t sharing the real-life, messy stuff that happens. The ‘oh crap a client is really pissed at me’ stuff. Or the ‘my business is currently really struggling and I’m in debt’ stuff. Or the ‘my son peed the bed for the 4th time this week’ stuff. The ‘my partner and I are having some difficulties’ stuff.
We fall into the trap of comparing ourselves to others and thinking we’ll never measure up. If you let that train of thought keep going, soon you’re in the ‘hey I’m not cut out for my job’ or ‘hey why should people pay me when I’m not as good as this other person’ trap. You know, impostor syndrome.
For those of you who have never really heard of this term, Impostor Syndrome refers to the idea that you’re an inadequate and incompetent failure, and that any success you’ve had was totally by fluke or because you happened to know someone or other things outside of your control. This is despite evidence that points to the total opposite, that you’re skilled and deserve your successes! But that doesn’t matter when you’re in that mindset.
Now. this isn’t a new thing or some term that someone came up with to sell a few e-books on confidence. This is a real thing that the media has been reporting on quite a bit over the last few years. So that’s what we’re talking about on this episode, and touching specifically on how it can affect you guys as health, wellness or fitness professionals.
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