Running a business can be intimidating. It’s a lot of work trying to be everything from CEO and marketing manager to accounting manager and admin assistant. Many of us start out on our own and go through this same overwhelm and confusion.
If you’re anything like me, no matter how much fun you’re having and how passionate you are about your work, there comes a time once a day or maybe once a week where you sit back and think what am I doing, this is going nowhere.
I have this feeling on a regular basis. For a few minutes each day I definitely doubt myself. I sit there, staring at whatever I’m working on thinking there’s no way this is going to be successful. And, if I’m thinking that on a regular basis, I can bet that other people are having those same doubts.
Facing Imposter Syndrome
We’re all afraid of something in business, for many of us that something is feeling like we’re not good enough to be selling our products or services. We don’t have any idea what we’re talking about, so why would anyone listen? We discredit our knowledge and experience because everyone else seems to have more talent, knowledge or experience than us.
This is called imposter syndrome.
That feeling of who do you think you are is something that every business owner faces. While this is especially evident in the first few years of business, the truth is that it never really goes away. In fact, it’s one of the most natural feelings that you’ll ever experience. And it has no place in your business.
You Are What’s Holding You Back
Sometimes my imposter syndrome comes on in full force. This is usually in times of lighter work when I have a moment to think, and it’s disappointing because it always effects my work. I start to slow down and think this is never, ever going to work.
But, when it comes down to it, me not being “good enough” is not what’s really holding me back. The real problem is me. My mindset is what’s hurting my productivity and making me doubt myself. And it took has no place in business.
If you really sit back to evaluate the feelings that are creeping in, you’ll most likely find that the biggest problem with your business is the fact that you’re doubting yourself. While this doubt is natural, if you want to stay on top of your game you need to work hard to make sure that you’re constantly working to nurture and grow a positive mindset.
What Happens When You Change Your Mindset
When you change your mindset, amazing things can happen. When you truly believe that you’re doing something you’re meant to be doing everything changes. Your work gets better, your revenue increases and you have a much happier work life.
As small business owners, we all experience this fear. It’s normal, it’s natural. And, when it comes down to it, you’re in control of it. So get out of your own way and start moving to the best version of you.
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Tae started out as a journalist before following the money into the corporate world. But it turns out that the grass isn’t always greener and now you can find her spending most of her time writing about all the things she loves. Namely, money, travel and business with a hefty dose of self-deprecating humor. She is a podcast fanatic, blogging aficionado and loves to find new ways to turn passions into cold hard cash!