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  • Writer's pictureSarah Pence

6 Steps to Overcoming Imposter Syndrome

Does this sound familiar?

"I'm not as good at this as they are..."


"I haven't been doing this long enough."


"What if I don't know the answer?"


I get it, friend. You're not alone. I can assure you that we have ALL felt this way from time to time - especially if you are just in the beginning stages of starting your business. But, I have good news! I'm going to be your hype girl bestie and help you ditch these thoughts with a mindset shift and some actionable steps you can take RIGHT NOW!


What is "Imposter Syndrome"?


Imposter syndrome is a widespread phenomenon. It doesn't discriminate and it affects people from all walks of life and in any situation. Regardless of our accomplishments and qualifications, we often find ourselves doubting our abilities and feeling like frauds. Overcoming imposter syndrome is a journey towards self-acceptance and embracing our true worth. There is something so liberating about giving yourself permission to unlock your full potential. And friend, I want that for you.


 

6 Steps You Can Take TODAY to Overcome Imposter Syndrome


 

1. Recognize and Acknowledge Your Achievements


Imposter syndrome thrives on self-doubt and making ourselves believe that our accomplishments are not valid. Recognize and celebrate your achievements! Both big and small. Take time to reflect on the challenges you have overcome, the skills you have worked so hard to learn, and the impact you have made on your clients, your friends, and your family.


Action step: Start a journal and keep a record of all of your achievements, things you've overcome, and things you have learned along the way. This will give you something to come back to when you need to re-adjust your mindset.


2. Reframe Failure as Learning Opportunities


Let's talk about the F word. No, not that one. The one that's much worse - FAILURE. Imposter syndrome often amplifies our fear of failure. Fear makes us believe that we don't deserve success. But, here's the thing about fear, it's a liar. Instead of seeing failure as a reflection of your inadequacy, reframe it as a learning experience. Embrace a growth mindset, where setbacks become progress. Friend, even the most successful individuals have encountered this feeling of failure and believed the lies that fear told them. But, this is a vital part of your journey. So, embrace it!


Action step: Grab a notebook or create a spreadsheet and make two columns. In the first column, record all of your "failures". In the second column, record what you learn from each one of them.


3. Find A Community


Talking about your imposter syndrome with others can be so cathartic. Reach out to trusted friends, mentors, or fellow industry professionals who can offer guidance and support. Sharing your feelings of self-doubt can help you realize that you are not alone in experiencing imposter syndrome. Hearing others' stories and perspectives can provide fresh insights and help you gain a more objective view of your abilities.


Action step: Challenge yourself to reach out to one person a week. It can be a personal friend or family member, a fellow designer, a Facebook group, or even a neighbor.


4. Shut Down Negative Self-Talk


Imposter syndrome feeds on negative self-talk. Find your inner critic, and call him/her out! That little voice of negativity has absolutely no validity. Instead, replace self-sabotaging thoughts with positive affirmations and evidence of your accomplishments. The best tool you have is self-compassion. Remind yourself that mistakes and uncertainty are part of being human. Treat yourself with kindness, friend. You'll be surprised how much better you feel.


Action step: Every time you find yourself slipping back into the habit of negative self-talk, ask yourself one question: "Would I say this to a friend?"


5. Let Your Guard Down


It's ok to be vulnerable. And vulnerability is a powerful way to tackle imposter syndrome. It is perfectly normal to feel uncomfortable when taking on new challenges and striving to reach your goals. Share your experiences. And you just might create an environment that encourages authenticity and cultivates genuine connections.


Action step: Set a new goal or challenge to overcome and share it with someone BEFORE you reach it. Talk about how you're feeling along the way.


6. Set Realistic Goals


Imposter syndrome can easily squash our spirits when we set unrealistic expectations for ourselves. Break down your goals into attainable milestones. Think of goal-setting as a culmination of bite-sized achievements. Then, celebrate each small victory along the way! This reinforces your confidence and tells those fraudulent feelings to take a hike. Remember that progress is a journey, and success is not defined solely by the final outcome but by the growth that you experience along the way!


Action step: Make a list of goals. They break down each one into bite-sized segments. Check them off as you work through the list and remind yourself that progress is progress - no matter how small.


 

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I'll leave you with this...


I'm not a therapist or an expert who has been in business for many years with all the fancy accolades. But, I am someone who has been where you are right now. I know what works for me and I know I want to help you find what works for you. While I can't solve all the world's problems with this little blog post, I CAN tell you that I've got your back, friend.


And always remember, I see you. And I'll be your hype girl any day, any time, whenever you need me.






Cheering you on always,




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