5 Tips to Help Overcome Imposter Syndrome for Small Business Owners
Let’s face it, as small business owners we have all been there: the dreaded imposter syndrome rears it’s ugly head way too often.
You step out in faith to start your biz, or you have taken a new job role or joined a committee and suddenly feel like you were the least qualified person in the room. Your brain then starts telling you that you shouldn’t be there and that you don’t know what you are talking about. Then you start to believe the lies your brain is telling you… and suddenly you are ready to hide in the corner or under your blanket!
If this resonates with you, then you are probably suffering from the ‘Imposter Syndrome’ and I can tell you now that you are not alone!! Here are 5 tips to help small business owners to overcome imposter syndrome.
- Recognise and acknowledge your accomplishments: Write down your successes and accomplishments, both big and small. Whenever you start to doubt yourself, read through your list and remind yourself of all the things you’ve achieved.
- Remember that everyone starts somewhere: Every successful entrepreneur started somewhere, and nobody has it all figured out from the beginning. Give yourself permission to be a beginner and to make mistakes.
- Focus on your strengths: Instead of dwelling on your weaknesses, focus on your strengths and the unique value you bring to your business. You have something special to offer, and that’s what makes your business unique.
- Connect with other business owners: Connecting with other business owners who have similar experiences and challenges can be super helpful in our business journey. Join online communities, attend networking events, and reach out to mentors who can provide guidance and support.
- Challenge negative self-talk: When negative thoughts creep in, challenge them by asking yourself if they’re really true. Often, our inner critic can be overly harsh and unrealistic. Replace negative thoughts with positive affirmations, and practice self-compassion.
So there you have it… 5 tips to help overcome imposter syndrome for small business owners. I hope this was helpful for you and that you can start implementing some of these tips today.
Remember, you are amazing and you were born to shine in only the way you can!!