I meet some of the most AMAZING and CREATIVE people with some of the GREATEST ideas. We will talk about them and get all amped up and then.. well, nothing happens! Why? Sometimes, it stems from a little something called “The Imposter Syndrome”.
The Imposter Syndrome is
If I hear another excuse I’m going to scream! I’ve made them too, equally guilty over here. But If no one has ever told you, I’m telling you right now - you. Are. WORTHY. You can do this. WE can do this! We have to stop making excuses for not working on our dreams.
Here are some of the most common signs of Imposter Syndrome I see. I’m throwing on my boxing gloves (yes, I used to box) to knock a few of these down for you:
You Don’t See Yourself as an Expert
Okay, so here’s the thing… you don’t have to be an expert. You just need to know more than your clients/customers know or are willing to figure out on their own. Then, you have to continue diving into the knowledge and delivering it to them. That means there is TONS for you to learn. Be energized that and get to mastering your craft.
You Don’t Think You Have Enough Time
For a brief moment in college I was an Economics Major.. Weird. Anyway, the one thing I took from #ECONLife was the concept of “opportunity cost”. Opportunity cost is basically what you give up in return for something else. I look at everything in terms of ROI (Return on Investment) & Opportunity Cost. You have to be willing to give up something to make room for something else.
If you have 2 hours after work to hit happy hour 3 times a week, you have 6 hours of time for your goals.
If you have 3 hours of shows per week, that’s three hours towards your goals.
If you’re talking on the phone an hour at the end of the night, that’s an hour towards your goals.
Last Academic semester, I personally worked 7 gigs throughout the week and still needed to take time for myself so I would get a 5:16am wakeup call everyday so that I can better manage my time and make the most of each day.
You have to make or create time. Earlier mornings, later evenings, cut the cable, lunch breaks, stop going on aimless dates... treat your distractions like drugs and JUST SAY NO.
Someone Else is Already Doing It
Again.. Do you know how many yogis there are in this world? If you had every person who wanted to learn about your field in your hands you would be begging someone to take the load off of you. We live in an ABUNDANT universe. There are some 7.5 Billion people in the world.. Find your tribe & love on them hard.. but they won’t know that you exist unless you let them know you do.
There’s always going to be competition. There are very few totally untapped markets. So differentiate yourself - how can you add your own twist on things to help you stand out? Use the competition to see a layout for how to run your biz or opportunities where you can elevate your own delivery. Train your brain to see everything as a plus. There’s enough opportunity for everyone to be great. Don’t compete, create.
It’s Not Perfect
Okay.. what is? Be energized by the imperfection and enjoy the ride. If it was easy and perfect, it would be boring, and goal/dream chasing is FAR from boring. If you wait for things to be perfect… you’ll never stop waiting. You’re going to get stuck. Stop getting ready to get ready and EXECUTE!
Don’t Know Where to Start
I’ve seen people get tripped up on things that they would figure out along the way if they would just start. Even if you don’t have a studio space or name for your venture that shouldn’t hinder you from starting. If you’re going into an online space there is so much information out there about webinars and funnels, if you are doing some dope art stuff.. Start posting dope art stuff - start branding yourself.. the other stuff will come later. Start getting yourself in the same space as the people who are doing what you want to do. Learn from them and grow with them. Be thirsty about your goals and eager in your approach for accomplishing them. We are living in the Internet Age - the first thing people are going to do is look you up anyway, so make sure there is something worth seeing.
Alright, I have plenty more Imposter Syndrome triggers but that’s a good start for you. Start where you are with what you have, knowing that what you have is good enough. As my best friend, Jalesa of My Money Mogul says, “done is better than perfect”.
You got this. You are worthy. You are smart. You are unique. You are talented. & the world needs what you have.