If you are an entrepreneur, you’ve probably heard of imposter syndrome. It’s that feeling of insecurity and self-doubt that eats away at you just as you are about to take a step forward. It’s the moment you ask yourself: “Who do I think I am? What makes me think I’m qualified to do this?!” This insidious feeling of self-doubt sabotages your success.
Every entrepreneur feels it at some point; some more than others. Imposter syndrome is particularly common among high achievers, women and people of color. And it can be especially crushing for introverts and those who are spending more and more time isolated from others in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic.
There are lots of psychological theories for why this happens. It may be caused by certain personality traits, family dynamics, our culture, or some combination of the above. But, understanding why it happens is less important than figuring out what to do about it.
In my personal experience and through my coaching practice, I’ve found the following to be effective ways to shake that feeling of inferiority and jump back in to advancing your passion. I hope you find some of these strategies helpful for taming your own success-eating monster.