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Overcoming the Imposter Syndrome is the best and hardest tasks you can do for the benefit of your company.
Imposter Syndrome happens when you are reaching success, yet you secretly don’t understand what all the hype is about. It is common to feel confusion about how you have achieved such success and as a result, feel like you are just lucky. No matter how successful you are, there is a fear that someone is going to find out you are a fraud.
Welcome to Imposter Syndrome.
I found an article that states 70% of us suffer from Imposter Syndrome. We all have baggage. Its an invisible bag of garbage we feed ourselves because if we are successful we will have new problems and that, my friend, is hard. This is the fear of failure. Believing that you are where you are because you worked hard for it is the way to overcoming Imposter Syndrome.
My most recent struggle with overcoming Imposter Syndrome was when I finished my book titled Trusted Employer and then, like anyone who is scared to death of criticism, promptly hid. I reached some level of what people would deem successful and I couldn’t see myself there. I dreaded perfectionism.
With the nature of my business, I have had the privilege of working with so many different business owners.
I see that anxiety, self-doubt, perfectionism, and fear of failure, are what messes with our success.
As a CPA, I would love to say failure happens because of your numbers, your income statement, your inability to get financing, bad employees, poor planning. Negative self-talk is oftentimes the reason businesses are not successful.
I have found that I have two personalities: one is a confident and sure-of-herself woman. The other personality is scared, unsure and feels unworthy. It manifests itself in times of stress, when I try something new, or when I am feeling attacked or misunderstood. Luckily, I have a lot of experience with overcoming Imposter Syndrome, so more times than not, positivity has won.
There is a story I read about two wolves, one being a good wolf (positivity) and the other the bad wolf (negativity). They fight every day and the one that wins is the one that you feed. If you are doubting yourself, don’t worry, we all do it. Study your feelings and reject the ones that do not support the life you want to live. Focus on what you want and know that you are worthy of a good life. You deserve the success you have worked hard for; it’s time you start overcoming Imposter Syndrome.