Nov 26, 2019
Have you ever felt paralyzed
before when negative Imposter Syndrome or “I’m-Not-Enough-itis”
thoughts start to creep into your head? 👋🏻
I 💯 have! In fact, research actually shows that 70% of us struggle with Imposter Syndrome or feeling like a fraud. Even huge name actors like Jodi Foster, JLo, and Maya Angelou have said they have felt this way too!
I released a new podcast today where I talk about how this happened to me recently. I got a really cool opportunity to speak on stage at Brendon Burchard’s Influencer event. I remember the day so clearly…. when I saw that text on my phone pop up from Brendon asking me to be there - I was so excited in that moment!
Later that day, they asked me to send in a bio and headshot. As I was sitting there in my chair in front of my computer I was staring at the blank cursor on my screen and just couldn’t come up with the words to write my bio.
I started reading the bios of all the other amazing speakers (Rachel Hollis, Tom Bilyeu, Lewis Howes, Trent Shelton, Dean Graziosi, and others)...and those negative voices started to creep into my head.
“Natalie, you haven’t written a New York Times Bestseller Book like Rachel has...”
“Natalie, you don’t reach 60M people weekly like Trent does with his videos...”
“Natalie, you haven’t done $1Billion in sales revenue like Dean has...”
“Natalie, your podcast doesn’t have 100M downloads like Lewis’ does...”
In my podcast today, I talk about what that day was like for me, and how I worked through it. And other times I’ve felt this way (launching new products in my business, not feeling good enough at mom groups, not thinking I was smart enough around my internet marketing friends, not feeling “fit” enough in a swimsuit in public, etc).
I shared with you my 5 strategies for beating those imposter syndrome feelings when they creep up...things you can implement today if you’re struggling with this too.
Ultimately, I knew I had two options. Option 1: I could let the imposter syndrome paralyze me and do nothing. Cancel my invitation, or shrink into that fear. Or Option 2: I could show up anyways.
I chose to show up.
The braver choice.
I reminded myself that I was asked to be there for a reason, and that I have a unique voice that nobody else has. I wholeheartedly believe that pushing through those negative voices, and putting yourself in hard or uncomfortable situations are what ACTUALLY give you the grit and tenacity needed to be successful.
Learning how to do this over and over and over again (even when it feels hard) is the secret that what will lead you to long term success and greatness.
Hope you love the podcast!