Article by Jane Tweedy, Business Advisor, Western Sydney Business Centre
Have you ever felt you’re not good enough? What’s the point in writing a blog, because who’s going to read it anyway? Helllooooo – anyone there? This and other forms of self-doubt in business is commonly referred to as imposter syndrome. You may be surprised that even famous people suffer from this at times. Here are some tips to overcome imposter syndrome and feel that you are good enough.
Run your own race
In our world, it’s easy to get caught up in what we see in the media, including socials, and think everyone else is doing so well, what am I doing wrong? Remember this key point – you’re only seeing their highlights reels, you’re not seeing the disaster going on behind the scenes.
Peers or competitors
An occasional check on competitors is okay, but don’t obsessively stalk them! Instead of treating them like competitors, why not treat them as peers that you can learn from, and share work with.
You are good enough
If you’re letting that self-doubt creep in, then it’s a good idea to maintain a folder with your positive feedback in your email system, and maybe even a hardcopy folder too. If you’re questioning yourself, step back and have a look at the positive feedback, and remind yourself why you really are good at what you do.
Why are you questioning yourself?
What insecurities are causing you to question your place? Do you need help dealing with these issues? Patterns of negative self-talk are destructive. Our advisors can help with some common insecurities, but some are going to need more specialised attention. Often working on your mindset, attitudes and beliefs will have a wonderful flow on effect to your business.
You can’t please everyone
Sorry, hate to tell you this, but you’re human. Even lifeguards get sued for breaking ribs when they’ve saved someone’s life. You simply can’t please everyone, so trying to do so will be a futile mission. Be realistic, and aim for progression not perfection.
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