‘Fake it till you make it.’
Haven’t we all heard that ? And probably most of us have done it to varying degrees. When I started my first business at 21, I felt like I had no idea what I was doing. I certainly put on that big fake smile and hoped no one would figure out how clueless I was.
One of the things that comes up in often in the work that I do with entrepreneurs is ‘Impostor Syndrome’. I’ve seen so many brilliant, talented entrepreneurs who feel like every award they win is by mistake, that every big client they get is a fluke, that they’ve fooled their staff in to thinking that they know what they’re doing, and that the whole things is a house of cards ready to topple at any given moment because they are really only faking it.
"Fake it till you make it" may be helpful to get you started, but when you’re in your own business, there’s no goal post, there’s no one to tell you that you’ve officially made it and are no longer faking it. You grow, your business grows, good things happen, but deep inside, you believe that you’re still just faking it.
So today, take a deep breath, and think of three wins that you’ve had this past month. Realize that YOU did it. Take a moment to fully step in to that. Honor the work that you did, honor the steps that you've taken that got you to that.
Feel pride in what you've accomplished. Heck, reach one arm way up, bend at the elbow with your finger tips pointing to the floor behind you, and give yourself a good pat on the back!
When the little voice in your head comes up with all the reasons that it was just luck or whatever - thank it for voicing it’s opinion and tell it to go have a nice day.
Breathe out. And know that everyone feels the same way.