For some reason, I was never able to take the leap and turn my blogging business into a full-time job. It wasn’t until I happened to come across an article in a Cosmo magazine titled “How to Overcome Impostor Syndrome” that a light bulb went off.
I realized, most of us are suffering from this and don’t even realize it!
But first, what the heck is Impostor Syndrome?
“I don’t deserve this.”
“They’re going to figure out I shouldn’t be here.”
“I don’t know what I’m talking about- I’m such a fraud.”
“How did I even get here? I just got lucky.”
“It’s only a matter of time before someone calls me out.”
Any of these statements sound familiar to you? If you’re a blog/business owner and you’re reading this post, I’m going to guess you’ve mumbled at least one of these thoughts over the course of your adult life.
Not only are these thoughts totally destructive to your business, they can be way too exhausting to fight!
Welcome to the twisted world of Impostor Syndrome.
Harvard Business Review defines Impostor Syndrome as “a collection of feelings of inadequacy that persist despite evident success.”.
It’s basically a combination of the most frightening, paralyzing, and RIDICULOUS feelings and thoughts we all get when trying to grow a successful business.
This is serious stuff and can cause people a ton of anxiety, self-doubt, overwhelm, fear and depression.
This is a SUPER common problem. Thousands of people have admitted to having these feelings of inadequacy from high-powered executives to your favorite celebrities.
Marie Claire put together a collection of celebrity quotes talking about Impostor Syndrome, and many of them are shocking!
“When I got to Harvard just after the release of Star Wars: Episode 1, I feared people would assume I had gotten in just for being famous, and not worthy of the intellectual rigor here.” -Natalie Portman
“When I was younger, I just did it. I just acted. It was just there. So now when I receive recognition for my acting, I feel incredibly uncomfortable. I tend to turn in on myself. I feel like an impostor. It was just something I did.” -Emma Watson
“In a lot of ways, I