Did you know that two out of every five successful people consider themselves to be frauds? And that 70 percent of all people feel like impostors at one time or another?
Even Albert Einstein, the modern day epitome of human intelligence, suffered from feeling like an impostor. A month before his death, he reportedly confided in a friend: “the exaggerated esteem in which my lifework is held makes me very ill at ease. I feel compelled to think of myself as an involuntary swindler.”
Strangely enough, this lack of self-recognition is more prevalent among women. Here are some examples of famous women who could easily be categorized as “successful”—but not in their own opinion:
Academy Award-winning actress Meryl Streep: “You think, ‘Why would anyone want to see me again in a movie?’ And I don’t know how to act anyway, so why am I doing this?”
Award-winning author Maya Angelou: “I have written eleven books, but each time I think, ‘Uh oh, they’re going to find out now. I’ve run a game on everybody, and they’re going to find me out.’”
Former CEO of Girls, Inc. Joyce Roché: “Somewhere, deep inside, you don’t believe what they say. You think it’s a matter of time before you stumble and ‘they’ discover the truth.”
Why do successful women doubt their evident level of achievements? It’s a strange phenomenon, called the “impostor syndrome,” in which people are unable to internalize their accomplishments and are full of chronic self-doubt.
Despite external evidence of their competence, many high-achieving women with this syndrome remain convinced that they are frauds and do not deserve the success they have achieved.
If you are a business woman and you have achieved a certain level in success, you probably know exactly what I am talking about. You just feel you are never good enough, even when everybody else doesn’t agree with you.
This lack of self-acknowledgment can seriously sabotage your business and your life! Even if it sounds very humble, it truly isn’t. God does not see you as never good enough, so why should you?
Here are 5 Tips to overcome chronic self-doubt:
5 Tips to Overcome the Impostor Syndrome
1. Let Go of Perfection
2. Accept That You Play an Important Role in Your Achievements
3. Stop Focusing on Yourself
4. Give Yourself Permission to Fail
5. Become Vulnerable to Others
At this point you’ve probably made a conscious decision to cut yourself some slack by internalizing your achievements and are resigned to being perfect. I hope you feel ready to make a powerful step forward, toward a peaceful lifestyle of less stress and more self-appreciation!
Dear business woman, you are unconditionally loved, protected and empowered by Almighty God Himself. He fashioned you for greatness and has already provided everything you will need to run your race triumphantly. You do not need to prove anything to yourself or to any other person. In Jesus, you are enough!
P.S. Do you feel stuck? Most challenges can be overcome when looking at them objectively with somebody who has business experience and can help you pinpoint the problem areas.
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