Have you ever asked yourself what the difference is between a lack of confidence and self-doubt?
Answer: It’s a very fine line.
Major athletes and performers like Serena Williams, Jennifer Lopez, Natalie Portman, and Tom Hanks, all have periods of incredible self-doubt.
The dreaded impostor syndrome you hear so many people talk about and experience is self-doubt where you think, “I’m just not good enough.”
So let’s dissect it a little more…
- It’s a feeling of inadequacy,
- It’s a feeling like I’m a fraud,
- It’s thinking I’m not good enough.
- It’s not believing in yourself when you have everything that indicates the contrary, you have the skills and knowledge.
What it really does is hold you back.
Imposter syndrome makes you ask, “Who are we in this space?” “I am brand new; what do I have to offer?”
So how do you overcome this?
Lucky for you, we have some ideas for how to defeat (or certainly tame it down).
In this episode, we discuss defeating imposter syndrome, discovering your “character archetypes,” and what it means to be a reporter, an evangelist or a reluctant heroine.
The bottom line we’ve learned ourselves is that we have to practice self-compassion.
We need to be kind to ourselves and show ourselves grace. But like so many things, it sounds easier than it.
The good news is that impostor syndrome is common, and dare we say normal to feel sometimes?
It’s certainly okay to feel that way, but if you do, you need to recognize when it’s rearing its ugly head and address it, so it doesn’t hold you back.
We’re hoping that some of the tools in this episode help you navigate that hurdle just a little bit more.
Have a secret for how you deal with imposter syndrome? Hit reply and let us know! We’d love to talk about it in a future episode!
P.S. Did you know that we designed our Purposeful Podcasting Bootcamp to help our participants overcome impostor syndrome hurdles? If you’d like more information hop on the waitlist for the next cohort, which starts this summer!