I have some really personal thoughts to share with you today.
My hope is that by sharing something vulnerable and scary to admit, you can think about something that’s vulnerable and scary to admit too. Impostor syndrome is often hard to identify and own up to, but admitting these feelings to others is what will help us to grow and move past them.
In the past few months I have had a LOT of fear about the changes I’m making to my business and my life. Things have been turned upside down and I’m going forward with big goals and dreams.
I’ve hired new team members and I’m building NEW programs at Pursuing Private Practice (first up Beginner Basics!). My group private practice, Eat With Knowledge, has switched to a 100% virtual private practice and we’re moving out of our local office space at the end of August.
My vulnerable realization: I’m grateful for the chance to start over.
Even reading that back to myself, I’m cringing because it sounds like I’m grateful for COVID. I’m NOT grateful for the economy crashing and the lives lost due to COVID. I’m also very upset about the communities affected by COVID and how I’m sure a lot of people will never fully recover.
In some weird way, it took something like COVID for me to reassess everything and truly make me realize what do I want out of this life and how I want to run my business going forward.
Life has been full of hard decisions, hard realizations, and making changes from a place of who I want to be vs. who I am right now.
So… who do I want to be?
Who do YOU want to be?
I want to be someone who makes an impact in this world.
I want to be someone who creates jobs for families.
I want to be someone who empowers others dietitians that they can make money doing what they love.
I want to be someone who can set a great example of boundaries and self-care (definitely still working on this one!!).
I’ve also beat myself up plenty over the past 3 months.
I’ve realized I’m not the mom I want to be when I don’t have childcare. I’ve realized I don’t know enough about anti-racism work. I need to let go and give more things away to my team (after all I LOVE THEM!). These are examples of my limiting beliefs and fears.
Limiting beliefs about ourselves is impostor syndrome! But what I’ve come to realize is that impostor syndrome is protection. Our doubts try to protect us from pain. So I take in those thoughts and say “hello” to my protection and offer back something in it’s return:
I am good enough.
I’m doing the best I can.
I am making an impact.
I don’t HAVE to do this, I GET to do this.
It’s a PRIVILEGE to be a business owner when so many others have obstacles in the way.
What limiting beliefs do you have about yourself? How are you showing up for yourself even when you’re afraid? I’m here for you!