As humans we are all subject to feelings of self doubt. But it can cripple us and keep us in a state of anguish. It manifests in many sneaky ways – procrastination, not investing in self, turning away opportunities and fear of stepping out and selling yourself and your business.
And it often coincides with the pesky Comparison Monster. How often do you waste time and energy comparing yourself to your ‘ostensible’ competitors It does your head in doesn’t it?. I know because I’ve been there and its such a motivational killer. We should all be focused on L&D, industry best practice and research. But you will know when an activity is motivated by growth (aka empowerment) or negative comparison (Imposter Monster).
The Imposter Monster affects even the most highly acclaimed business leaders and celebrites in the world – no one is immune and is felt indeed by most high achievers. I recently also read research that the Imposter Syndrome is more acutely felt by people with high EQ & IQ because the more they know they realise there is much more they don’t know. A hunger for learning and knowledge is almost a compulsion and such people are very hard on themselves hence the creep of the damn monster. My tool to knock the monster on the head is to remember :
“ No one does exactly what you do in the exact same way you do it ”
Connecting with and owning your Personal Brand is key to minimise the Imposter Monster syndrome Once you work through and really harness your super powers, skills and unique value the monster loses its power. And don’t forget that no one is perfect. Even those who appear to ‘have it all’ and doing amazing things are generally like ducks – paddling like crazy under the surface to stay afloat at times. Only difference is in the vulnerability and willingness to admit it.
Check out this fabulous video by Glen Carlson and how he navigates his own monster by being the Enthusiast, Explorer & Guide
Here are some great links to read to understand more about the beast and how to silence it so your business or career THRIVES.