#299: Say Goodbye to Imposter Syndrome and Skyrocket Your Business Success

By Amy Porterfield

What if I told you that I’m actually not a fan of this topic. Or, at least I thought I wasn’t… until I recorded this episode. (Yes, it’s that good!) In fact, I might even stretch it to say that this is one of the best episodes I’ve ever done. (You’re going to love it!) I know that you’re either struggling with imposter syndrome or you have in the past. How do I know this? Because I’ve dealt with it, and I feel it starting to creep in from time to time. Oh, and most of my successful entrepreneurial friends have experienced it too.  The good news is that I have powerful tools (that I’ve personally used many times) to help you overcome imposter syndrome so this can be your most successful year yet -- personally and professionally.  Want to know what they are? Well, first of all, let’s talk about what imposter syndrome is.  Dr. Amy Cuddy, who is a social psychologist, New York Times bestselling author, and a Harvard lecturer who focuses on the psychology of leadership and influence, says that imposter syndrome can be defined as “a collection of feelings of inadequacy that persist despite evident success.” Now, let’s take a peek at five proven actions for giving imposter syndrome the boot… Get out of your head and into your heart. Find out how one of my students, Natalie MacLean, let her heart lead her to a $30,000 launch. Take action! I give you three specific ways to transform the energy of imposter syndrome into action so you can attract new clients and, in turn, boost your revenue. Stay in your lane! You can do this two ways: stop chasing shiny objects and stop comparing yourself to others.  Embrace competition and acknowledge that there is enough room for everyone. (Because there is, and amazing things can happen when you do this!) Acknowledge your credibility and success. Find out how to do this in the episode. Here’s a breakdown of how this episode unfolds... [07:48] Imposter syndrome is defined as a collection of feelings of inadequacy that persist in spite of evident success. Imposters suffer from chronic self-doubt and a sense of intellectual fraudulence that override any feelings of success or external proof of their competence. The bummer is that almost all entrepreneurs experience these feelings of inadequacy at some point in their careers. (The good news is that this podcast will help you overcome those feelings!) [08:50] Imposter syndrome is sneaky and it shows up differently for everyone. For one person, it might show up as paralysis and an inability to move forward. For another, it might look like blocked creativity or throwing in the towel. [09:32] Stop overthinking your business. When you do, your head gets in the way. Lead with your heart and show up as your true self so you can share your authenticity with the world. Here's a little trick for when imposter syndrome shows up. [17:01] Taking action will guarantee that you move from your head to your heart. That's when you'll be able to share your gifts with your audience. [24:52] I've said it once and I'll say it again... stop chasing shiny objects. Continuing to change your business offer or product and jumping ship never works -- trust me on this one. I promise you that every decision you make gets you closer to where you want to be. So buckle up, stay in your lane, and keep moving forward. [32:02] Say it with me, "Competition is my friend." Here's why competition is essential for your business to thrive. Plus, a little challenge for you! [36:14] It's time you finally acknowledge your credibility and success. Here's what to do to build confidence in your skills and knowledge! Because this is a topic almost every entrepreneur can relate to, I want you to head to our private Facebook community and share what actions you’re taking to overcome imposter syndrome.  And, while you’re at it, let me know what you thought of this episode.    Subscribe & Review in iTunes Are you subscribed to my podcast? If you’re not, I want to encourage you to do that today. I don’t want you to miss an episode. I’m adding a bunch of bonus episodes to the mix and if you’re not subscribed there’s a good chance you’ll miss out on those. Click here to subscribe in iTunes! Now if you’re feeling extra loving, I would be really grateful if you left me a review over on iTunes, too. Those reviews help other people find my podcast and they’re also fun for me to go in and read. Just click here to review, select “Ratings and Reviews” and “Write a Review” and let me know what your favorite part of the podcast is. Thank you! Links mentioned in this episode: Amy Cuddy RISE Business Natalie MacLean Episode 271 How to Create a Profit-Driven Lead Magnet to Boost Sales Christina Galbato

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