Did you know this is an actual thing?
And it has an actual definition?
Impostor syndrome (also known as impostorphenomenon or fraud syndrome) is a concept describing high-achieving individuals who are marked by an inability to internalize their accomplishments and a persistent fear of being exposed as a “fraud”.
Um yes … ding ding ding ding ding.
This is me.
I can so relate.
I’ve had imposter syndrome most of my adult life.
This feeling that you will all of the sudden be “found out” … that you aren’t good enough … and that that your special, unique, perspective is a fraud.
You with me?
I bet I’m not alone here.
I really believe that you can have all the right stocks and bonds and investments, but nothing compares to the investment in YOU.
Finding ways to increase your value by doing more of what you love may just be the most important thing you ever freaking do.
And let me tell you … the second you go do this, you will run smack into fear.
The resistance will put you in a choke hold and knock the wind out of you.
And fear is a huge jerk. He’s blunt, to the point, and does not hold back.
He’ll ask you things like:
You catch my drift? Q’s like this.
It’s at this most vulnerable moment that self-doubt turns up the volume and your head starts spinning.
I know this feeling … it’s like your at a club standing right by the speakers and you can feel the bass vibrate your bones.
Just replace the bass with fear.
When I delivered my first keynote speech, I was so afraid the audience would all stand and start throwing things at me. I had dreams of people writing nasty comments on my forms that would say things like, “You’re a fraud. You don’t know jack? Who are you to be up there? Who gave you the permission to do this?” etc, etc, etc
It was awful.
I’ve since learned that this sort of thing … it’s the resistance and he is fears BFF … they want me to play small, to hide, to quit, give up, fly low.
Imposter Syndrom is in fears squad … it’s the real deal.
Here are 4 things you can do to deal with it and move forward:
No matter how much I speak.
No matter how many rave reviews I get.
No matter how much love and support I have in my life.
I still feel like a fraud at times.
The only difference, is I don’t let it stop me.
When he comes to visit, I say hello … invite him in for a drink … and then we get to work.
Made with Love,
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