As a freelancer and entrepreneur, it’s hard to avoid experiencing imposter syndrome at one point. Whether we start comparing ourselves to others in our industry, or we begin experiencing a quiet moment in our business.
If you’ve ever experienced imposter syndrome, then these may sound a little familiar…
- You self-sabotage due to fear of failure
- You don’t up your prices because you feel you’re not good enough
- No matter how much you achieve, you still don’t feel complete
When I first began Sunday Stylings I remember experiencing imposter syndrome but not actually realising it was a ‘real thing’. The worst part was that one day I would feel on top of the world like I was killing it and then all it took was one wrong move for me to go back to square one…doubting myself.
Fast forward to today, I have completely transformed my mindset and have managed to say goodbye to it all. So here are my top tips for overcoming imposter syndrome!
The first step to overcoming imposter syndrome is to identify WHY you are feeling this way. Take some time out in a quiet space and really pin point why it is you’re feeling a fraud. It sounds so simple but this can and wil really help.
Be your own cheerleader
As I mentioned previously, I used to be in an awful mindset where I would only feel like I was successful if my solution immediately helped solve someone’s problem. Then the moment my solution didn’t help solve someone’s problem I let my self belief and confidence drop. All of this would then lead to a negative spiral thinking i’m not good enough and what am I doing in business? If this sounds like you then great, because now you can stop. Let me tell you now… YOU KNOW YOUR STUFF. Don’t question it.
Stop thinking about all the things you can’t do and start thinking about all of the things you’re GREAT at. When we focus on all the things we cannot do or haven’t done yet we’re ultimately feeding our self doubt and imposter syndrome. Grab a notebook and write down your top five strengths. This is a great reminder for yourself and will gradually increase your confidence more and more.
Stay in your lane
One of the number one reasons for imposter syndrome is getting caught up in what other people around you are doing, specifically in your own industry. If you begin to find yourself comparing your work and your own personal achievements to other freelancers then take a step back straight away.
First of all, remind yourself that everyone is on their own journey and has different timings. Chances are the person you’re comparing yourself to started their business before you, or perhaps this is their second business etc. You just never know!
One thing I’ve always believed in is that everything happens for a reason and I still live by that quote. However, if you’re still struggling with this mindset I recommend unfollow the person on social media and make sure you’re following positive, uplifting accounts.
Accept that perfect doesn’t exist
Seeking perfection is utterly exhausting. Get real with yourself, if you’re always seeking perfection, you’ll never reach it, and you’ll always believe you’re a fraud. Focus on getting the job done and not perfecting it.
Being a massive perfectionist myself, this is something I still to this day struggle with. But I’ve recently come to terms with the idea of getting something finished rather than spending hours perfecting it.
Thank you so much for reading! Learning tactics to overcome the feeling of being a fraud will help you bounce back quicker than ever.