December 7, 2020
How to Cure Impostor Syndrome
I’ve been there.
You’re thinking to yourself….
What if I’m not a good enough clinician to help them?
What if they don’t get better?
What if they say no?
What if they leave a bad review?
I just need another year to learn more.
I just need a Fellowship to be ready.
I just need a little more time because I’m not an expert yet.
Impostor syndrome is a real problem. It’s probably the greatest mental battle we have to fight to be able to go out and do something on our own.
I’ve had to deal with this as a new grad, a new instructor for MobilityWOD, a new business owner and currently an educator/consultant for other businesses.
Each time I’ve taken on a new role, my old friend Impostor Syndrome comes back out.
Step one is to understand why you’re doing what you’re doing.
I’m not talking about more control of your time and making more money. I’m talking about a deeper reason as to why you’re going out on your own.
Here’s an example.
Let’s say you have two kids and you have spent a significant time reflecting on what type of relationship you want to have when them as they get older.
You want to be able to drop them off and pick them up from school. You want to coach all their sports teams and you want to be around them as much as possible.
Because of this you realize that time freedom is really important.
You decide you need to control your own schedule and go out to start your own business.
Then shit gets hard.
People turn you down, you flatline your growth and struggle to gain traction.
If all you wanted was to not work on Friday, this is probably where you give up and go back to whatever you were doing before.
If you know the ultimate goal is to spend as much meaningful time with your kids as possible, you’ve got a much more compelling reason to keep pushing.
This deep why is what you have to understand.
Step 2 is you need to write it down.
I’m not talking about one sentence.
I’m talking about creating a vision statement.
The creation of a vision statement is in the very first module of our Clinical Rainmaker Coaching Program. It’s at the beginning because it’s the first assignment we actually want people to complete.
This is a document where you write down in detail your deep why.
You put images of the things that are important to you or that you want to achieve one day.
You put down bullet point quotes and affirmations that are meaningful to you.
It’s your compass to stay on track to hit your goals.
Step 3 is to read this vision statement first thing every morning.
Seriously, every morning.
When we start our day knowing exactly why we are doing what we are doing, all the ups and downs are easier to handle.
In my experience success is something that happens very slowly.
Most people give up before they give themselves enough time to actually become successful.
If you’re struggling with Impostor Syndrome, this will help you…if you’re willing to do the work.