Have you ever accomplished something that took a lot of effort and made you feel proud, but you still felt less than confident about yourself in general?
In psychology, this feeling that we don’t really deserve what we’ve earned is described as the Impostor Syndrome.
No matter how much you accomplish or acquire, it won’t satisfy you unless you have self-confidence on the inside.
True self-confidence has nothing to do with what you’ve accomplished and everything to do with your belief that you have the ability to accomplish anything you want to do.
Your confidence is based on who you are, not what you did. No one or no adverse outcome can take that away from you. It makes sense, doesn’t it?
Impostor Syndrome - what is it and how can it be overcome?
Have you heard of the term a fake? That's what Impostor Syndrome refers to. It's the feeling that no matter what you do, you are inadequate or incompetent despite that you are knowledgeable, skilled, and successful.
Impostor Syndrome, also known as Impostor Phenomenon, knows no particular boundaries -- it happens to men and women, in different cultures, with different upbringings.
These feelings stem from your background, your personality, and your life's circumstances. It's a combination of these that often bring on a lack of confidence.
The way to overcome that is to begin with accepting who you are and embracing your uniqueness.
We all have something very special to offer and, once you internalize this, it is just the beginning of a new way of kicking that impostor syndrome to the curb.
How many hats are you wearing in your business?
As a small business owner, there are so many hats that we wear on any given day and this is what can prove to be overwhelming --- with good reason! Let's be honest. As a solopreneur, if you don't do something, who will?
So how do you not let that become so overwhelming and exhausting?
You can start with taking a look at all the smaller pieces that make up your business. For some, that may look different, but for a service-based business you have essentially five roles:
Like most people right now, COVID-19 has tried it's best to take our attention from our daily lives, our businesses, and has us questioning what is this "new normal"...
It's no wonder that so many of us --- yes, me included --- have found it difficult to stay focused and productive.
My husband and I moved to our place on March 1. We barely got moved in when it seemed that the entire world took on a whole new meaning of what normal life looks like.
Things we took for granted, such as going to a grocery store, have now become a plan & prepare type of situation. Visiting with friends, family, and colleagues is now all done via teleconferencing of some type. I find myself looking forward to our weekend "Happy Hour" visits with our friends and I've never been so excited when the Duo Call from my family rings!
But how do we take the situation that has impacted us to the very heart & soul and figure out what our new normal is so that we can remain productive? The first step is being open & honest with yourself and everyone else around you. Let them know that you are still finding your footing in this temporary new world.
Here are 3 specific, concrete strategies for how I'm continuing to stay productive and focused.
If you struggle with managing your time or staying focused on the must-do tasks, Pamela is your business soulmate.