Do you suffer from imposter syndrome?
You know, that awful nagging sense that you aren't really all that great at what you do and someone is going to figure that out? Or worse, EVERYONE is going to figure it out! Some days can feel like why even bother, am I right?
Well you are definitely NOT alone in that feeling. It's not uncommon, especially among women.
It can be tough as a busy woman trying to run a business. Constantly putting yourself out there requires serious bravery. You have to value your work to create a marketing message not to mention continuously valuing your goals and your vision. Often in the face of a hostile, judgmental world.
Comparing ourselves to others robs us of our self-esteem even further.
There are many reasons I believe women are better when they stand together, but this is a significant one. Our friends, our colleagues, our mentors, our sisters.... they all help to support us through the day-to-day challenges of living on our own terms. People may think those who chose to work for themselves are strong and outgoing but that's not always true, is it? The women we surround ourselves with help us get through the times when self-doubt takes over.
There are those days when we are challenged to keep moving through the day when we don't feel worth it or capable of it.
I have learned that breaking things down into small, bite-sized pieces can make a real difference on those tough days.
What is one thing you can focus on right now to really honor the value of what you do and your unique way of problem solving for your clients? Just one small thing?
Just for a few minutes, can you focus on what you know you're killer at? Whether it's a business building skill or a personal attribute.
Practice positive self-talk. .
You've got this! One small step at a time.
You are special.
Your message is unique.
You have value.
Prove it to yourself first.
I know, how bad can it be right? At least that's the view of those relying on someone else for a paycheck. It's pretty common for me to hear how lucky I am to work for myself and surprising how often people expect me to be available on a whim. Or they ask what I'm doing on a work day, when like everyone else, I'm working. There are some realities you need to plan for if you're self-employed. As with all aspects of business, the clearer and more realistic you are, the easier to grow, develop and achieve your goals.
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Catherine Mellon is an Online Business Coach & Consultant who has been helping entrepreneurs & small businesses use the internet to grow their business since 2014.