Are You Struggling With Imposter Syndrome in Your Business?
I want to tell you something that I think is really important to admit. I still struggle with Impostor Syndrome in my business.
Yes, I know I have a group private practice with 2 employees and lots of clients. I have a legit office space, systems and processes figured out, and also great finances (hello tax season!).
However, as I reach “the next level” in business sometimes I stop myself and ask these questions:
- “Should I be doing this?”
- “What’s next?”
- “How did I even get here in the first place?”
Feelings of doubt do creep in, especially when I compare myself to others.
I also think many “experts” out there feel the same way. Just in case you were thinking everyone has everything figured out all the time (ha!)
Feelings that many of us struggle with…
The process of building a business is challenging. What’s “next”, the “shoulds” of private practice, impostor syndrome, and comparing yourself to others are REAL issues we all go through no matter what stage of business we’re at.
I recently listened to a few podcasts where people discuss their growth and money in 2020 and I experienced jealousy. I’m not admitting this because I’m angry at their success though. I am talking about this because I think we can all learn a lot from our own reactions to other people.
I also don’t think that these feelings should be considered shameful or embarrassing. MANY of us struggle with these feelings at all levels of business – it’s not a bad thing… it is human nature.
As we work hard to build something meaningful in this world, we are constantly bombarded with messages on social media, email, and through friends/family about how we should run a business, practice dietetics, and how much money we should be making, etc.
What can you learn from them?
Feelings of jealously can be tough. But they can also teach us a LOT.
I’m sharing this because you need to know it’s normal to feel overwhelmed, jealous, anxious, and so normal to feel as though you’re an impostor building your business, someone who is meant to do something great in this world.
But… here is the key thing to remember: If you’re feeling at all jealous and comparing yourself to others, you might want to stop and think instead about how those people are reaching their goals and what YOU can learn from them.
What are your strong feelings really about? Money? Space? Time? Work/life balance?
I know for me, what triggers me with Impostor Syndrome is usually thinking about a goal I have set for myself. I haven’t reached it yet, but other people have gone beyond my goal. When I think about what’s really the trigger, I realize that what is holding me back is the thing that’s “uncomfortable” to do. That is what is really bothering me.
Instead of focusing my thoughts on what others are doing, I need to focus on what I can do instead. This is how I learn from my feelings of Impostor Syndrome.
Growing a business is full of ups and downs. We have to go through some of the negative emotions to get to the good stuff. The stuff that really sets up to be a successful business owner!
If you need any support with your goals and want to learn more about my resources and how you can keep on track with your own goals, schedule a 20-minute call with me. I’ve been chatting with so many of you lately, I love getting to know you!
Cheers to a fabulous 2020 and growing your Intuitive Eating private practice!
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Jennifer McGurk, RDN, CDN, CDE, CEDRD is a Registered Dietitian Nutritionist whose mission is to help dietitians Be the Dietitian you were Meant to Be. She is an expert in the field of eating disorders and also supervises other Registered Dietitians as an iaedp approved supervisor. She is the owner of Eat With Knowledge in Nyack, NY and leads a team of dietitians who support the philosophy, “Feel fabulous about food!”
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