As entrepreneurs, we suffer from imposter syndrome on a regular basis.
I hate to say it, but there is no way to avoid imposter syndrome. At every level in business, there's a new mindset mountain we have to climb.
One mountain that I can't seem to escape since I've started is the feeling of lack.
As we tackle the online space, we tend to doubt ourselves and second guess our paths almost at every moment. There may not be a permanent escape, but there are amazing tools to help you ignore your inner critic.
In this article, we'll go over 5 of those tools.
Starting with... the Dunning-Kruger Effect.
The Dunning-Kruger Effect is the comparison of the highs and lows of the horizontal end of the graph being your confidence and the lateral being your knowledge of, in this case, business. The overall idea is that the longer you have been working on and in your business, the more knowledge have. And sometimes, more knowledge doesn't necessarily mean "easier". And in the case of the Dunning-Kruger Effect, more knowledge = overwhelm = imposter syndrome.
Here's an example: Daniella started her business in 2020. She has very high confidence, she's excited... but her knowledge level is low. In late 2020, she has more experience, more knowledge and is more aware of what she needs to do to reach her business goals. As a result, she may feel stuck for some time because the amount of knowledge becomes overwhelming.
And what happens is, it could make you feel like an imposter because you may be looking at the mountain and wonder how you can get up and over it...
As a result, when you are experiencing Imposter Syndrome, your confidence tends to be low even though you may have more knowledge and have been in the business for some time now. Once you get over this idea then you will see your confidence grow.
Ignoring your inner critic is a practice. But it's essential.
It can often be overwhelming as you are in your business and you think of all the things you need to do such as a strong marketing strategy or a mailing list, and your confidence will start to decrease when you become overwhelmed.
So how do we combat this?
Be aware of how much you know and how far you’ve gone since you first started. When you realize your knowledge has expanded and the more you are investing in your program and talking to your coaches then your confidence will increase and you will see the progress that you have made.
Look for proof of possibility. When you’re experiencing imposter syndrome your first question is, how can I do this? But your next question should be if it's been done before? The idea is if this is inspiring to you and then it can be successful and inspiring to others.
Keep a tally of your WINS every single day. When you are grateful for how far you’ve come, you’ve won. Some people tend to look at their overall number and think that if their followers are too low, they are not reaching people. But in changing your perspective that even if it’s just 50 people it's better than 0 and realizing how far you’ve come and tracking your daily wins.
Reinforce positive habits. This can be done by splitting your BIG Goal into small goals. This allows you to achieve your goals and gives you a positive cascade and allows you to complete your BIG Goal.
Ignoring your inner critic is a practice. But it's essential. And when it's mastered, you'll be able to recognize the mountain, climb it and do it all over again.
Which is your favorite tip? Comment below!