Posts tagged Confidence
How to Overcome Imposter Syndrome in Your Business
 
Do you suffer from imposter syndrome or feel like a fraud? Do you hold yourself back out of lack of confidence? Do you feel you're not smart enough, talented enough or experienced enough?   It's time to stop playing it small so you can reach your potential and make more money in your business!
 

Do you suffer from imposter syndrome or feel like a fraud? Do you hold yourself back out of lack of confidence? Do you feel you're not smart enough, talented enough or experienced enough?

It's time to stop playing it small so you can reach your potential and make more money in your business!

 

When you lack confidence in your business, it can be an extreme setback:

  • You take yourself out of the game, rather than face the competition
  • You undercut yourself by pricing yourself too low
  • You play it small and don't aim  for the speaking positions, client inquiries or ideal clients you really want
  • You set weak goals, so you don't have to face disappointment
  • You spend hours reading books, listening to podcasts and learning about your topic, rather than tapping in to your own zone of genius

Check out the first blog post in this series about 7 setbacks holding you back in your business!

Let me start you off with a pep talk!

You are smarter than you know and more talented than you realize! There will always be someone who has less knowledge than you, less experience than you, or who does things different than you.

Figure out what your zone of genius is and what unique experience you have to offer, then let that guide your work. You can start small to gain the confidence you need to step into bigger and better things. Once you're ready to step up, find a mentor or someone you could hire to back you up and cover you if you end up not being able to handle the task yourself. 

Once you start stepping out of your comfort zone, it'll be easier and easier to put yourself out there. Sure, you won't win every deal or land every opportunity, but you have to try!

Remember, you miss 100% of the shots you never take. 


Don't get stuck in the "research" phase!

If you find that you're always trying to read one more book, listen to one more podcast, or watch one more webinar before moving forward, I challenge you to give yourself a deadline for your learning. While business growth and knowledge is extremely important, if you're constantly learning and never taking action, you will never reach your potential. By setting a limit to how much time you spend learning, you'll be able to move forward much faster.

Sometimes, too much learning can also pull you away from your zone of genius. You never know whether something is actually working for the person you're trying to learn from, or what their strategy is behind their tactics, so make sure you're not swayed by others. Looking at too many sources can water down your message.

When working on the niche section for the Bosscation "Launch Your Signature Offer" strategy guide, I found myself looking at a ton of different resources to build the pages. But when I went through that section for myself, I realized that it wasn't very helpful. I then recreated the section based off my own strategy, and it's one of my clients' favorite sections now!


Stop the comparison game!

Often, we struggle from imposter syndrome because we're caught up playing the comparison game. We all know who wins and loses in that game... we lose and everyone else wins. The problem is, that's so wrong! We have no idea whether someone is actually as amazing as their social media makes them out to be, what goes into their success, or how long they took to get there. 

You can't move forward if you're busy looking sideways! You must follow your own path to develop confidence. If you have to, "unfollow" those who you've been jealous and discouraged by, so you're not tempted to compare yourself to them any longer!

For more on how to break free from imposter syndrome, make sure to watch my latest YouTube video!

 

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Feeling overwhelmed? No longer love what you do? 

Let me guess, you have more on your to-do list than can be accomplished each week. You're juggling #allthethings and are completely overwhelmed.

It's time to audit your task list, team, strengths and goals so you can strategically determine what you should be dedicating your time towards. 

Our free Business Breakthrough Workbookwill help you ditch the overwhelm and determine  your best course of action.

7 Business Setbacks Keeping You From Success
 
Do you have great ideas, but never implement them? Do you find yourself "stuck" and aren't sure how to move forward? Here are 7 business setbacks that are keeping you from success. PLUS, take our free quiz to find out what YOUR biggest setback is, so you can learn how to break free and strive for success! Read more at www.Bosscation.com  Bosscation is a business retreat in a box for entrepreneurs to escape from their daily hustle to strategically plan for their business. Our secret sauce is in the strategic planning guides for launching a new offer, planning out your content, or finding your path to profit.
 

“Take the shortcut,” Tasha said. It sounded like a great idea at the time, since as typical teenagers, we were running late. But the shortcut wasn’t paved and my dad’s conversion van was no match for the mud. Perhaps we should’ve stuck to the long route (no pun intended). It took a knock on a stranger’s door, a diesel pickup truck, some hefty ropes, and wood under the tires to pull us out. So much for a shortcut, right?!

Psst! Looking for the quiz? Scroll down!

In business, whether we’re aiming for the fastest path, taking the long route, or something in between, we often find ourselves stuck. This can keep you from launching that course you’ve been dreaming of, prevent you from delivering content or hinder you from reaching your potential. Getting stuck, and especially staying stuck, can be detrimental to your growth if you don’t realize it’s happening or can’t figure out how to break free.

You know you’re stuck when you find yourself saying things like:

“I just don’t know what to do next...”

“It needs to be perfect before…”

“I can’t decide between…”

“I’m just not ready for…”

Don’t give up on yourself just yet. If you can pinpoint where you’re getting stuck, then you can find a solution. Imagine that you’ve been wanting to launch a YouTube channel, but you keep putting it off. You need to determine what’s holding you back. Are you afraid of being on camera, don’t know what equipment you should buy, not sure what topics to talk about, can’t think of a cool name for your channel, or feel you just don’t have time to plan it all out? These setbacks sound more like excuses (#sorrynotsorry).

Once you evaluate what’s hindering you — perhaps you’re not sure what topics to talk about — then ask yourself, “what are 10 ways I could overcome this?” For our YouTube example, you could ask your audience what they’re looking to learn, search for other YouTube channels that reach a similar market and get inspired by their topics, do a brain dump of everything you know about your field, etc.

If you’re not sure what your setback is, here are 7 of the most common among entrepreneurs:

 

1. Lack of Time

Usually this one comes down to a lack of prioritizing your time more than a lack of time in general. We all get 24-hours in a day… you need to use them wisely.

 

2. Indecision

Analysis paralysis and indecision have been some of my biggest hindrances. I tend to overthink and over evaluate every decision, often changing my mind every week. Being slow to make decisions, or lacking to make them at all, can keep you from moving forward at a good pace or at all. (And if you’re ever on Shark Tank, it can cost you a deal)!

 

3. Perfectionism

Ah, the good ole’ burden of being a perfectionist. You know that done is better than perfect, but you still can’t get yourself to put out anything slightly sub-par.

 

4. Planning

Planning… tweaking… planning… tweaking… you’ll never finish if you don’t start taking action! I think this one is a compilation of the others. You spend all of your time planning, but then get stuck on a decision or don’t feel it’s perfect, so you do more planning.

 

5. Research

Rather than actually writing that blog post, creating that course, or recording that video, you feel you need to research your topic a little more. Just one more book… one more webinar… one more podcast, then you’ll feel knowledgeable enough to get started.

 

6. Confidence

You feel you aren’t smart enough, good enough, experienced enough to be doing what you’re doing, so you play it small and safe or never get started at all. Maybe in a few years, or after I’ve accomplished X, you say. Imposter syndrome can really keep you from reaching your potential and going for your dreams.

 

7. Money

If only money grew on trees, then we could hire an amazing team, attend every conference, and buy every time-saving software. Unfortunately, it doesn’t, and we’ve all got bills to pay. Like time, this one often comes down to prioritizing it wisely, not just finding more of it (though that definitely helps).

 

There's Always a Solution

When I worked in marketing at ION Television, our department joke was, “there’s always a solutION" — that phrase has stuck with me ever since. With that said, over the next few weeks, I’ll be sharing solutions for overcoming some of these setbacks.