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My Impostor Story

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As a certified leadership coach, I work with leaders who struggle with impostor syndrome – those negative voices telling you you’re not good enough or don’t know enough. If you can relate, you’re not alone. 

As a solo entrepreneur, I’ve struggled with imposter syndrome as well. I struggled the most when creating and delivering workshops and presentations.

The issue was me comparing myself to others. My inner critics would say, “You’re not as good as so and so,” “You will never measure up to that person because they are better than you.” My inner voices would also say, “What the heck do you know about this topic area?” and “They know more than you.”   

I often second-guessed myself wondering if my work was good enough, if it was creative enough. I would also be asking myself, “How would she say this?”  

Then, when it came time to deliver the presentations and the workshops, my inner critics reared their ugly heads again and said, “Who are you to say these things? “Why should they listen to you? “and “You’re going to bore them.” Ouch.  

These thoughts stressed me out, and I realized that I had a choice to make – I had to stop this toxic inner dialogue or stop doing this work, which I was not willing to do. 

So, I decided to do something about the negative thoughts. 

As a coach, I use lots of different tools to support leaders. I coached myself and started reframing my negative thoughts to positive ones to flip the script.

I considered what made me unique and different from other trainers and coaches. I focused on my special skills, knowledge, and attitude. Once I started doing this, I could better manage the negative thoughts, making me feel more confident about the content and my leadership presence. 

Positive Intelligence: Strengthen Your Mental Fitness Level 

Another tool I now use to help grow my confidence and leadership presence is Positive Intelligence®, created by Shirzad Chamine, and it has been a game changer. 

Positive Intelligence® is all about strengthening our mental fitness which is our capacity to respond to life’s challenges with a positive rather than a negative mindset.  

Saboteurs

I know now that the inner critics I was experiencing were my saboteurs. The Judge and my stickler accomplice saboteurs were responsible for much of my stress and negative mind chatter.   

The Sage

The counterpart to the Saboteurs is the Sage, which generates positive emotions while handling life’s challenges.

The Sage is responsible for empathy, compassion, gratitude, curiosity, the joy of creativity, and calm, clear-headed action. The five Sage strategies are empathize, explore, innovate, navigate, and activate. 

The Saboteur voices that compared me to others are not gone, but through Positive Intelligence®, using the five Sage strategies, I have been able to lower their volume. My Saboteurs are losing power, and I am more in command of my thoughts and emotions.  

Positive Intelligence® helps me everyday and it can help you as well. If you’re ready to power up your leadership presence and address impostor syndrome, join my colleague, Anita, the Passionista, Torres, PCC, and me in our live virtual program called, ‘Power UP Your Leadership Presence: How to Beat Impostor Syndrome.’

This virtual and highly interactive program is designed to help women leaders develop strategies to combat impostor syndrome and cultivate self-worth and self-confidence, which are essential for overall well-being and success.    

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The ins and outs of Impostor Syndrome

Dive into an empowering conversation with my colleague, Anita, the Passionista, Torres, PCC, CPTD, and me as we chat with Carol Brainard, PCC, about the ins and outs of impostor syndrome—what it is, its symptoms, warning signs, and a powerful tool to overcome it.

Elevate your leadership presence and conquer impostor syndrome by joining our live virtual program, “Power UP Your Leadership Presence: How to Beat Impostor Syndrome,” starting on February 15th. Secure the early-bird rate by registering before January 31st. Ready to lead with confidence? Learn more and register now at:

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Unleash Your Potential: Conquer Impostor Syndrome with a Growth Mindset

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Have you ever found yourself at the pinnacle of success, but that nagging feeling of being a fraud just won’t quit? You’re not alone – impostor syndrome strikes even the most accomplished leaders. The good news? There’s a game-changer: develop a growth mindset.

Picture this: challenges as opportunities, failures as stepping stones, and self-doubt as a relic of the past. It’s not just wishful thinking; it’s the power of a growth mindset in action.

Let’s dive into strategies tailor-made for women leaders because it’s time to shed the impostor cloak and step into your full potential.

Embrace the Growth Mindset

Before we get into the nitty-gritty, let’s define a growth mindset. Imagine believing your abilities and smarts can evolve through dedication and hard work. That’s the core of a growth mindset – viewing challenges not as roadblocks but as pathways to growth.

On the flip side, a fixed mindset screams, “It’s impossible!” It’s the belief that abilities are set in stone, leading to avoiding challenges like the plague. But not you; you’re ready to cultivate that growth mindset and kick impostor syndrome to the curb.

Strategies for Your Growth Journey

1. Embrace Mindfulness and Gratitude

Step into the power of now with mindfulness. It’s about being present and nipping negative self-talk in the bud. Combine that with gratitude – a force that shifts your focus from scarcity to abundance. Snap a pic of your gratitude journal, capturing moments that fuel your growth journey.

2. Seek the Squad and Mentorship

Impostor syndrome can be a lonely road. Break the isolation by tapping into your squad – friends, family, or colleagues who’ve got your back. Snap a photo with your support system, highlighting the strength in numbers.

And remember the magic of mentorship. Find a mentor whose journey aligns with yours. A snapshot of wisdom, guidance, and shared experiences is all it takes to reshape your mindset.

3. Crush Limiting Beliefs

It’s time to shatter those “I’m not good enough” whispers—challenge limiting beliefs like a boss. Reframe them into positive mantras that empower. Take a screenshot of your revamped thoughts – a visual reminder of your growth mindset in action.

4. Shower Yourself with Self-Compassion

When the going gets tough, treat yourself like a cherished friend. Practice self-compassion by celebrating victories, big or small. Capture a moment of self-love – a photo that screams, “I am enough!”

For more strategies check out this article.

So, there you have it – a roadmap tailored for women leaders ready to crush impostor syndrome. Say goodbye to self-doubt and hello to the unstoppable force that is you. Embrace the growth mindset because your potential knows no bounds. Let the journey begin!

If you are ready to power up your leadership presence and address impostor syndrome, join my colleague, Anita Torres, PCC, and me in our live virtual program. The PowerUp Your Leadership Presence – How to Beat Impostor Syndrome starts February 15th. 

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Strategies for Leaders to Tackle Impostor Syndrome and Cultivate Growth 

 

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In your career, you may have experienced imposter syndrome – that nagging voice telling you that you can’t do something, you’re not good enough, you don’t know enough, or that you will labeled a fraud. 

In a previous blog article, we discussed that it’s normal for leaders to feel unsure about themselves and using these feelings for growth. If leaders acknowledge and accept that they are experiencing impostor syndrome, this will be a game-changer for them and their team.

Here are five specific actions that leaders can take to manage their impostor syndrome while nurturing growth and ambition within their teams:

  1. Encourage a Growth Mindset Culture: Actively promote a growth mindset emphasizing learning, development, and resilience. Acknowledging efforts, strategies, and progress rather than only focusing on innate talent or immediate success are actions to promote a growth mindset. By celebrating learning curves and perseverance, leaders create an environment that encourages taking risks and learning from mistakes.
  2. Openly Share Personal Experiences: Share their experiences of grappling with impostor syndrome or self-doubt. Leaders create a more relatable and supportive atmosphere by being vulnerable and sharing stories of overcoming challenges. This openness helps team members realize that feelings of doubt are common and manageable, fostering a sense of camaraderie and understanding.
  3. Provide Ongoing Feedback and Support: Regular, constructive feedback and support are crucial for individuals with impostor syndrome. Leaders can offer specific feedback highlighting strengths and areas for improvement while providing guidance and resources for skill enhancement. Regular check-ins help individuals feel supported and on track.
  4. Set Realistic and Challenging Goals: Encourage employees to set realistic yet challenging goals that push them out of their comfort zones. Setting achievable stretch goals motivates team members to strive for improvement and growth continuously. Leaders should provide adequate support and resources to help achieve these goals.
  5. Promote a Culture of Continuous Learning: Encourage continuous learning and development through workshops, training programs, mentorship, and access to resources to help combat impostor syndrome. Skill development will boost the confidence and competence level of team members. 

With these proactive steps, leaders will create an environment where team members feel supported, motivated, and empowered to manage their impostor syndrome while promoting a culture of growth and ambition.

If you are ready to power up your leadership presence and address impostor syndrome, join my colleague, Anita Torres, PCC, and me in our live virtual program. The PowerUp Your Leadership Presence – How to Beat Impostor Syndrome starts February 15th. 

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Harness Self-Doubt to Drive Your Journey Towards Success

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Rather than being a sign of weakness, impostor syndrome can be a sign of strength and ambition.

If you struggle with impostor syndrome and want to work to understand the underlying causes to build resilience and confidence in your abilities, join me and my colleague Anita Torres, PCC, CPTD, in our live virtual program: PowerUP Your Leadership Presence – How to Beat Impostor Syndrome starting February 15.

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Impostor Syndrome Can Be a Sign of Strength and Ambition

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Impostor syndrome is often a sign of high standards and a desire for excellence. Individuals who experience impostor syndrome may place a great deal of pressure on themselves to perform at a certain level, leading to feelings of inadequacy when they fall short of their own expectations.
Rather than being a sign of weakness, impostor syndrome can be a sign of strength and ambition.

If you struggle with impostor syndrome and want to work to understand the underlying causes to build resilience and confidence in your abilities, join me and my colleague Anita Torres, PCC, CPTD, in our live virtual program: PowerUP Your Leadership Presence – How to Beat Impostor Syndrome starting February 15.

Learn more and register – Early bird rate until January 31.

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Recognizing Impostor Syndrome: A Valuable Asset for Leaders

Have you heard of impostor syndrome? Impostor syndrome is a powerful but often misunderstood concept. Contrary to what many believe, acknowledging and accepting that impostor syndrome occurs among women and men in leadership roles can be a game-changer.

Here are five reasons why recognizing and accepting impostor syndrome is critical for growth, innovation, and authenticity in leadership.  

  1. Growing and Being Ambitious: Impostor syndrome doesn’t mean someone is not good enough. It shows that a person is always trying to improve. When leaders discuss it, they create a place where everyone can keep learning and growing. Dealing with self-doubt from impostor syndrome pushes people to try new things and aim higher. 
  2. Being Real and True as a Leader: When leaders acknowledge and accept that they sometimes doubt themselves and talk about it openly with their team members, this humanizes leaders, builds trust, and creates a positive workplace. 
  3. Encouraging New and Creative Ideas: Impostor syndrome can lead to finding new and unique solutions. Embracing moments of doubt promotes an environment where creative ideas flourish, leading to breakthroughs and new perspectives.
  4. Encouraging Inclusivity and Diversity: Openly discussing impostor syndrome breaks barriers and promotes inclusivity. Regardless of gender or position, this shared experience makes everyone feel like they belong. Normalizing it among leaders supports different opinions, helping people make better choices and find solutions.
  5. Empowering Personal and Professional Development: Accepting impostor syndrome encourages individuals to seek personal and professional growth support. Leaders who accept impostor syndrome encourage individuals to self-reflect and seek mentorship and peer support.

Being a great leader sometimes means feeling unsure about yourself, and that’s okay. It’s about being aware and using it for growth. By accepting impostor syndrome, leaders create an environment of growth, authenticity, creativity, and inclusiveness. 

Ultimately, it’s essential to recognize that impostor syndrome is not a sign of weakness. It shows that someone wants to grow and improve. It’s time for leaders to talk about impostor syndrome and improve workplaces. 

If you are ready to power up your leadership presence and address impostor syndrome, join my colleague, Anita Torres, PCC, and me in our live virtual program. The PowerUp Your Leadership Presence – How to Beat Impostor Syndrome starts February 15th. 

For more information and to register.  

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Do you feel like luck played a big part in your success?

If you want to beat impostor syndrome, join us for our ‘Power UP Your Leadership Presence: How to Beat Impostor Syndrome’ program. The program begins October 12. Early bird pricing ends October 6.

For more info and to register: https://redworkscoaching.com/services/executive-coaching/powerup-your-leadership-presence-how-to-beat-impostor-syndrome/

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Are you afraid that people are calling you a fraud behind your back?

Are you afraid that people are calling you a fraud behind your back? If you answered yes, then you may be experiencing a degree of impostor syndrome.

There are varying degrees of impostor syndrome. It doesn’t affect everybody the same way. Don’t navigate away because you don’t think you fit the profile.

Impostor syndrome can creep into our lives in different ways. And it can gain momentum. Address it early and save yourself the heartache, frustration, and deferred happiness that comes with impostor syndrome.

Impostor syndrome has far-reaching consequences. It can:

– Destroy your confidence

– Prevent you from seeking new opportunities

– Leave you exhausted and frustrated

– Have a devastating effect on business performance

– Stop you from reaching your potential

Let’s explore strategies to break free from the grip of imposter syndrome.

Join us for our introductory IS workshop, September 28.

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Are you feeling like you’re faking it at work?

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As a woman leader, you’ve probably faced slip ups, challenges, or bad decision-making. It’s a normal part of business life. You’re not alone! 

Many women leaders, including us, have experienced the same challenges, felt the strong emotions, and have felt a sense of unworthiness, self-blame, or negativity that you JUST CAN’T BEAT. 

When I started my own business as a coach and trainer, I often compared myself to others feeling I wasn’t ‘as good as them.’ Through my own professional development and growth mindset, I realized that what I offer is unique and effective for the clients I support.

When my colleague, Anita Torres, started her business, her clients branded her Anita, the Passionista. It took her years to have the confidence and courage to go out in public for fear of ridicule or feeling like a fraud. In her head that meant she could only ‘BE’ the Passionista if she was jolly, happy, and free of negativity.

If you think you’re the only person struggling with impostor syndrome – you’re not alone. Research found that 70% of all people have experienced impostor syndrome at some point in their lives.

The good news is there are ways to navigate these feelings and enjoy success.

If you’re tired of ‘feeling like a fake’ at work, join us for our Introductory Power UP Your Leadership Presence: How to Beat Impostor Syndrome program where we explore strategies to break free from the grip of imposter syndrome. 

Register for the September 28 workshop.