Ever wonder how to fight that nasty imposter syndrome?
Today I heard a great idea (from Jena Vivian- a fellow career coach) for counteracting those feelings of insecurity and doubts that plague your mind when you step up to the plate, take the bat, and get ready to swing and get ready to connect.
Just as you do, all that fear and uncertainty tells you for sure you are GOING to strike out instead of hit a home run.
Why do we do that? Why does our mind cast immediately to the worst possible scenario and set of circumstances? Well, if you are anything like me, it’s because you spent the majority of your life watching things “not work out” or in fact, “fall spectacularly apart” or more accurately “waiting for the other shoe to drop” but it really all comes down to the same thing. FEAR.
Stepping out into the unknown is HARD.
Any time we have the audacity to challenge the status quo or attempt something outside the normal or mediocre and THAT is when fear starts rearing its ugly head and starts saying things like,
“Who are YOU to write a book?
“You are too old to go back to school, it’s too late!”
Who are you to audition for “The Voice”?
<Insert your big dream here>
You want to know the antidote for fear and doubt?
It’s simple. Any time someone (a voice or another person) tells you that you can’t do something or questions your ability to try, take a minute and refute that fear with truth.
Fear says- Who are YOU to write a book?
You say: Well, I have these ideas that will not turn me loose, so I am pretty sure I am SUPPOSED to write a book, so shut up, sit down and watch me do it.
Insecurity says- You are too old to go back to school, it’s too late!”
Well, you need to check your facts, pal.
Julia Child released her first cookbook at age 39, and got her own cooking show at age 51.
Vera Wang failed to make the Olympic figure skating team, didn’t get the Editor-in-Chief position at Vogue, and designed her first dress at age 40.
So, shut up and watch me prove you wrong
<Insert your big dream>
You get the idea.
The other thing that helps and I mean this sincerely.
Surround yourself with people who want to be in the circle- Professor Haston
I am not sure if it will work for you, but I keep a kudos file, a record of voicemails, letters and emails or as it happens, confidence inspiring photos of past moments of swaggery (which is bad***ery and swagger combined)
-Thanks to Shonda Rimes “Year of Yes” for that one.
to remind you of the pure and unadulterated awesome you TRULY embody.
Trust me, you need something you can call up any time those other voices get loud and nasty as you wait in the wings for your turn to shine.
Think About It.
Then get busy telling Fear to get lost.