Impostor Syndrome: Forget the fear

Impostor Syndrome: Forget the Fear

I see a lot of discussion amongst entrepreneurial women, of dealing with impostor syndrome and challenging fears.

Whether it be fear of visibility, wondering what friends and family will think, fear of failure…even fear of success.

I have written in the past that I sometimes think it’s (at least in part) due to the societal pressures of modesty women are expected to uphold.

Not the sum of who we are

However we were raised and groomed (while part of our history), is not the sum of who we are. We may even gauge our own self worth heavily on how happy we can make other people, completely forgetting ourselves.

Even if we believe in ourselves deep down and hold desires for the life we dream of, old thought patterns are hard to shake.

How dare we seek fulfillment in something outside of our pre-defined roles. How dare we promote our expertise and step up and shine. How dare we talk proudly about what we do, what our credentials are and why we’re the best in our field. How dare we own our badassery and seek to empower others to do the same.

That’s just bragging and showing off, right? Even if you are the best at what you do, you’re not “supposed” to say so.

But you try anyway, and then all these weird feelings come up. What if that colleague who has written 3 bestselling books sees you claiming to be an “expert” in the same field? Surely you’ll look like a fraud…

Perceived expectations

If you’ve ever felt guilt or fear over pursuing a dream for one reason or another, ask yourself what perceived expectations (your own or someone else’s) may be the block.

Whatever it is, it holds you back even when you want to move forward.

And of course, feeling immobilized by something you can’t even quite put your finger on only serves to make you feel more inept. The good news is, you’re really not. And with some deep introspection or time invested in some excellent coaching, you’ll discover that block and a way to move past it.

Fearless quote

You have the control

All of this is surmountable once you realize you have the control, which you do.

The fear isn’t going to magically go away. All of us have it. It’s what you do despite it that matters.

Getting past it takes some work, and possibly some de-programming, if you’re stuck on some old ways of thinking no longer serve you.

You are worth it.

You’re not going to wake up one day to find that the fear is gone. You are human, and some degree of fear will always be there.

The trick isn’t figuring out how to get rid of the fear. It’s in figuring out how to push past it and go after the life you want despite it. You can let it weigh you down or you can power through, but you have the control over which of those two options you choose.

Impostor Syndrome You Lack Nothing

You lack nothing

Everything you need to launch your passions is already in you.

That doesn’t mean it’s going to be simple, or easy, or failproof. It doesn’t mean you’ll be protected from the people who get a kick out of making you feel small. It doesn’t mean it can happen overnight.

All it means is, the next step is up to you. Yes, it’s tough. Yes it might be a long road. Yes, there may be failures along the way to your success. But it’s doable IF you believe it is.

Impostor syndrome? Life’s too short.

You lack nothing.


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Forget the Fear

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Thank you for visiting Strong and Worthy! My name is Sara Hodge and I am founder of the site. I am, and have always been, a firm believer and passionate supporter of all things self care, and hope to continue my work in extending that message to my fellow career women. I don't believe there can be true success in work without first achieving healthy personal growth, and my mission with Strong and Worthy is to inspire and motivate working women to fortify their confidence and resilience from the inside, in order to let it shine even brighter on the outside. In addition to I also founded my original site, in 2009. Mums 'n Chums is a parenting community that serves the Greater Toronto Area and has, in many ways, been the catalyst for the majority of the projects I have worked on over the past 7 years. Those projects have included large scale events, social media consulting and management for brands, Twitter party hosting, networking group leadership (I currently run 3 large groups), charity events, speaking engagements, and of course writing. I'm so glad you're here and would love to know your thoughts on this site as I continue to grow it into what I have envisioned it to be. Any and all feedback is greatly appreciated and will be taken into consideration. Thanks again for stopping in!

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