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Debbie Hancock

Debbie Hancock

Owner of Southbourne Accountancy & Business Services

Overcoming Imposter Syndrome - Five Tips for Dealing With an Issue That Hits All Entrepreneurs

Is your lack of confidence starting to affect the business? It’s possible to shed imposter syndrome and prevent it from reoccurring. 

Imposter syndrome, unbeknownst to many, is a common condition found in high achievers, including the creative types, entrepreneurs, and more.

Business owners suffering from imposter syndrome may have it worst of all. Because if left unchecked, this is a problem that can bury a business deep in the ground. 

But how do you deal with a problem like imposter syndrome?

Tip #1 – Face It

The first step to solving any personal issue is to admit that it exists. But with imposter syndrome, acknowledgement isn’t enough. Entrepreneurs have to face it and engage it head-on. 

A simple trick involves questioning the negative whispers inside one’s head.

Imposter syndrome often tells business owners that they can’t do certain things or that they’re not good enough. To confront it, it’s critical to follow up those thoughts with reassuring phrases like perhaps, noted, however, nevertheless, and so on.

The idea is to not get hung up on those negative ideas and try to put a positive spin on them.

Tip #2 -Separate Feelings from Facts

Entrepreneurs that fall prey to imposter syndrome are those that let their emotions guide them in all sorts of situations.

Separating feelings from facts can help deal with the issue. 

Remember, getting a bad feeling or becoming upset after making a mistake is no reason to feel inadequate.

Tip #3 -Change the Rules

Some business owners create impossible sets of rules. It’s because they try to operate under the assumption that they can’t make mistakes or ask for help.

And when they fail, they start to feel like imposters because that’s what the syndrome causes them to think.

While it’s important to set rules, you also must guide your business decisions by attainable standards and allow for some breathing room. This applies even to those in leadership positions.

Tip #4 – Visualise Success

Highly successful people often picture themselves winning. Whether it’s in sports or business, it’s always the same – it’s better to visualise success than spend too much time focusing on a potential impending disaster. 

It’s also a technique that helps relieve performance anxiety and stress.

Tip #5 – Change the Default Response

Entrepreneurs that get imposter syndrome often have a negative response to mistakes and failure. For them, any mistake could lead to a negative response and a defeatist attitude.

It’s critical to change that response into something healthier. 

Understand that there are benefits to be gained from losses. Every mistake can be a teachable moment that prevents you from repeating it.

It’s a Systematic Process

No entrepreneur overcomes imposter syndrome overnight. On the other hand, it’s also not impossible to beat it and prevent it from affecting your business in the future.

However, it does require a systematic approach. And you can start with baby steps and gradually improve your response to negative situations and thoughts. 

Positivity, asking for help, changing the rules – these are all things that can help. Even spending more time visualising success can do a lot of good for someone lacking confidence in their leadership skills.

 

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