How to Lean Into Your Inner Leader While Experiencing Imposter Syndrome

We wake up, put on our “CEO shoes” and get to work. The world and social media shows us that everyone around us is successful with little to no problems in their day-to-day lives. Instagram is just a highlight reel, right?

I don’t know about you, but there are numerous days where I wake up and take a look at my tasks for the day and get imposter syndrome. I get the feeling that I’m not “qualified” to do this life and start leaning into negative self-talk. I chatted a lot about mindset over in last weeks post about stepping into your six figure mindset and how important it is for a business’ success. We all struggle, and I think it’s important to remember that in seasons where we feel not good enough.

What is Imposter Syndrome?

To me, imposter syndrome is the feeling that you are not qualified to do the things you are currently doing and it’s often associated with confidence issues.

As leaders of our businesses, dealing with confidence issues can affect the way we lead – nervousness comes into play, or even worse, holding ourselves to a higher standard that could be unrealistic at this point in time. In the grand scheme, imposter syndrome can be the one thing holding us back from reaching our maximum potential.

This week, I experienced imposter syndrome during my first group meeting with my Next Level Now ladies – after the call, I immediately felt God giving me a sign of relief that I’m exactly where I need to be. Here are some things I always lean into when I’m feeling my not-so-confident self:

Recognize that everyone is on a different timeline.

It might be hard to see other entrepreneurs growing at lightening speed while you might be a little behind – that’s OKAY. It’s 100% normal to grow or not grow at your own pace. I tend to lean into God for this one – His timing is much more valuable than my own. If Jesus says not now, I say okay. Comparison is a huge deterrent.

Celebrate your little accomplishments.

All wins are wins, friends. No matter big or small, you need to be celebrating. Everyday I make a to-do list and you better believe I celebrate getting a task done with a highlight. 🙂 It doesn’t have to be a big fancy dinner celebration – as long as you are doing something that makes you happy after accomplishing something, that’s all that matters.

Open the conversation.

This one is hard for me because I’m only open with those I’m really close with. BUT, in entrepreneurship, openness is welcome. I encourage you [and myself] to share how you are feeling and your story with your followers – whether this be an open conversation on your feed or more intimate in the DMs with some friends. Open the conversation that imposter syndrome is real and it’s likely someone around you is experiencing it too. You are not alone.

I hope this post has helped you to know that imposter syndrome is very real, and you aren’t alone in your feelings. I’m here for you! For the friends who are always so encouraging with kind words, thank you. I will always be there for you when you need it, too!