Imposter Syndrome

It’s been heavy on my heart to help women gain the confidence to share their gifts with the world. And today, I started thinking about why is it hard for women (to be fair, it is hard for some men too and not all women have a hard time, but bare with me as this was my thought process today) to share their gifts with the world?

So I looked back on why it was hard for me to put myself out there.

A lot of self doubt…. and not enough belief in my self-worth.

Who was I to be coaching others? There are other better coaches out there! These women are smart enough to figure this out on their own, they won’t need me! What if I mess up? What if they find out I don’t know enough? And I could go on and on and on…

There’s a name for this you know… Imposter Syndrome.

“The imposter syndrome is a psychological term referring to a pattern of behavior where people doubt their accomplishments and have a persistent, often internalized fear of being exposed as a fraud.” *

I first heard about Imposter Syndrome when I read the book Presence by Amy Cuddy and it resonated so much!

I’m also finding it to be a lot more common than I thought.

I have shifted my beliefs by creating mantras such as “I am enough” and “I am here for the purpose of helping others” and through rewriting my story and beliefs through journaling and coaching.

In what ways may Imposter Syndrome be holding you back in life? Share in the comments below.

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