Imposter Syndrome affects us all, but as an entrepreneur, your ability to manage it can make or break your business.
The internet has turned the vast majority of us into hypochondriacs. Feel an unfamiliar pain in your back? Notice that your mood is shifting more quickly than usual? Probably best to do a quick Google search and see if you’re on death’s door. Of course, we all know this is unhealthy — and largely unproductive — behavior. However, it speaks to a tendency to fear our own frailty. We’re only human, after all.
On top of worrying about our physical and mental health, many of us have to deal with that nagging voice in our heads that tells us we aren’t good enough. Though it’s likely not a modern phenomenon, it took roughly a century of psychological study to give that annoying little voice a name — Imposter Syndrome. Studies have shown that Imposter Syndrome may affect women, especially women of color, more than men, but I can say from first-hand experience that it is a common issue for entrepreneurs, regardless of race or gender.
Why? Because Imposter Syndrome is identified as the feeling of self-doubt and the belief that you are somehow inadequate, even if you have plenty of real-world accomplishments to prove otherwise. Entrepreneurs, by nature, put their personal and professional reputations on the line for the sake of building a business. This career choice requires you to take on even greater responsibilities and put even more faith in your abilities than you would with traditional employment.
Consequently, if an entrepreneur lets Imposter Syndrome mess with their head, the negative consequences are amplified. It can put the future of your business at risk simply because your brain doesn’t want to recognize your talents, capabilities, and achievements. This is why I’ve come up with a few ways to fight Imposter Syndrome. These methods have helped me overcome my self-doubts and, in turn, be a better entrepreneur.
Get out of your feelings by getting your feelings out
One of the most difficult parts of Imposter Syndrome is separating fact from fiction. You may feel a certain way, but that doesn’t mean your feelings accurately represent reality. In fact, this is…