How To Navigate Imposter Syndrome As A New Entrepreneur
Everybody has imposter syndrome. Yes, even the most successful person you know has experienced imposter syndrome!
As a service-based entrepreneur, imposter syndrome might kick in when sharing your expertise, increasing your prices, or doing something you haven't done enough to feel confident about it.
The truth is imposter syndrome isn't something you can eradicate, but you can learn how to deal with it.
Identify when it usually kicks in
Most of the time, imposter syndrome happens when facing a new challenge such as a discovery call, a live event, or when you're increasing your rate. Anything new is challenging, and being scared is a natural response to it. Instead of backing up, take it for what it is: a challenge.
When a new challenge arrives, what do you do? Just like an athlete, you can prepare yourself ahead of time to take on anything that comes your way. So get ready, think about all the steps you need to take to feel more confident about what you're doing.
Find a supportive network
Having a network is too often undervalued, but it can be quite a game-changer. Other service-based entrepreneurs and small business owners would understand what you're going through and might offer you help or adequate pieces of advice.
Knowing that you are not alone will also remind you of a simple fact: you're human, and you have doubts. What matters is that you don't let them overpower you.
Challenge your inner critic
Your inner critic is that inner voice that makes you question your abilities. Listening to it often leads to missed opportunities and failure to do what's right for your business. For instance, if you're sending an offer to a potential client, your inner critic might make you doubt your pricing. You might even wonder if you're qualified.
If you find yourself often influenced by your inner critic, use a notepad dedicated to your wins. In this document, you'll write all of your achievements, progress, and feedback. This evidence will be useful in times of doubts.
Stop minimizing your accomplishments
As a service-based entrepreneur, you probably have goals. Too often, when you reach these goals, they lose their value, and you dismiss them while forgetting how hard you worked to get there. Every win is worth celebrating as they bring you closer to your main goal. Your accomplishments are a testimonial of your growth and value. Don't undervalue them.
Own your skills
Here is the thing: you can't have everything figured out from the beginning. No one does, and no one expects you to. That solopreneur you admire? News flash, they don't have everything figured out. Just like you, every day, they have to improve their skills to scale their business. But you can sell who you are right now.
Use your knowledge to target the people looking for your skills. As you acquire new skills, you can level up. Faking it until you make it will only worsen your imposter syndrome, and people will find out. Own your skills.
Find a mentor
When imposter syndrome kicks in, people tend to feel lost and need resources to feel more confident. A mentor might share resources and tips, as well as give you the pep talk you need when you're feeling down. After all, they went through exactly what you're going through. Knowing that there's a light at the end of the tunnel is, without a doubt, a great motivator.
Everyone will experience imposter syndrome at some point in their life, and this is especially true for entrepreneurs, high achievers, and new business owners who know that they are full of potential. It’s easy to see successful entrepreneurs on social media and think they have it all together, but the truth is that everyone is constantly learning, growing, and increasing their confidence - just like you!
The best way to start fighting imposter syndrome? Build you community, gain confidence in your skills, and trust yourself enough to accomplish everything you know you’re capable of!