What helped me overcome the Imposter Syndrome
Ok I want to talk about something that many of us have gone through or are going through! It’s not easy to just turn a switch and forget about what the world is going to think of you when you decide that you’re going to quit your well-paying corporate job and start your own business in something you had no previous experience in, I felt like a fraud! It might take time to overcome that feeling but I promise you’ll get there and you’re going to be feeling sooo FREE when you do.
Imposter Syndrome is no joke I remember when I was just beginning my journey as an online entrepreneur and I was beat with negative thoughts running around my head. I graduated with a Marketing degree not web designing degree. So there I was stuck and feeling like I wasn’t good enough. It took a whole lot of trial and error in order for me to get to where I am today, I had no clue how to design websites let alone start a business. I would doubt myself every second and think that I just wasn’t good enough to be able to launch my business and start booking clients. You think of absolutely everything that could go wrong and compare yourself to people that have been in business for over five years. That’s a big no-no!
I want to reassure you that many successful entrepreneurs suffered from imposter syndrome. You can either let it impair you from reaching your dreams or you can overcome it by changing the way you think. It’s all about making positive habits that will get you to where you want to be. I want to share with you some ways that you can get over the imposter syndrome. I am sharing these solely because it’s what I thought truly helped me to believe in myself, move forward and reach for the stars.
1. Talk to your support system
When you’re beginning something unfamiliar like starting your own business it can be very terrifying of what could be (of your future) which makes you question everything to make sure you’re making the right choice. Having a support system has helped me in so many ways. Make sure you have someone that you can talk to about your new journey that will be there if you need to talk about something. I personally wasn’t looking for someone to give me advice (but a mentor is always a good idea), I was simply looking for someone that could hear me rant about what was frustrating me and was just there being a good listener. This has been so extremely helpful in my own journey. Those people for me were my siter and my boyfriend (if you’re reading this THANK YOU), they’re a big reason why I’m still here runnin’ my online business. What also helped was having a friend who is also going through the same rollercoaster of starting your own business. We still vent to each other and push each other to do better and better. You’ll know that not everyone is suited to be a support system. I can’t vent to my mom like I can to my sister. My mom doesn’t really understand what it is that I do and that’s fine with me she knows I’m just doing my own thing and she supports that.
I know I can consider myself lucky to have people in my life that will listen to me without judging but I know there are many of you out there that don’t have that. I would suggest joining Facebook Groups where you could find likeminded people or people that are going through the same journey that you’re going through. I can’t tell you how many people I’ve met through Facebook groups alone that are more than willing to lend a hand and cheer you on. I have also met many beautiful souls through Instagram itself. I didn’t realize how many online entrepreneurs there really was until I created a business account for EG Media Co. They’re all so sweet and from all over the world, I mean come one who doesn’t want an online Australian bestie?!
2. Stop comparing yourself
This is probably one of the hardest one’s to overcome. With the internet at your fingertips it’s easy to find someone that is “better than you.” But you have to realize that everyone is running their own race. Don’t compare yourself to others, sure it’s going to happen but try to minimize it as much as you can. I’m not going to sit here and tell you that I don’t ever do it, sure I do but now I just catch myself doing it and reminding myself of how far I’ve come and to keep on doing what I’m doing.
Thinking you’re not good enough can be so debilitating to the point where you stop chasing your dreams. Don’t let the imposter syndrome impair your abilities to show the world what you’re capable of!
3. Practice positive thinking
This has helped me a lot and it’s all about making it a habit. Every time you have negative thoughts switch that and turn them into positive ones. Some of the things that I have changed in order for me to have a more positive mindset are meditating, reading self-improvement books, journaling, and more. I actually wrote a blog post about how you can practice positive thinking. Be sure to read it here if you’re interested.
4. Remind yourself why you’re doing this
For me it was the freedom of being able to create my own schedule, to not have someone constantly looking over my shoulder to make sure I was working, but most importantly it was to find something that I was actually passionate about and that fulfilled me. Designing websites for my clients is so exciting for me, I love everything about it. Bringing my clients visions into life by designing their website is what drives me to do better each and every day. So if you’re here reading this, remind yourself why you decided to take the leap. Remember it, write it down and never allow yourself to forget. You are not an imposter, you got this!
So there you have it. Don’t let the imposter syndrome get the best of you. Once you recognize it, you’ll be able to approach it head on and make some changes in your life in order to kick it out for good. I hope these tips helped at all.
Comment below if you have any suggestions on how to overcome the imposter syndrome!