Have you ever experienced imposter syndrome, not feeling like you fully belonged or you didn’t have the experience required to be in a certain room, or to do a certain task?
Let me tell you, you’re not alone.
Impostor syndrome is very common and very normal, especially when we’re trying new things and we’re leaving our comfort zone. When we try new things, it’s very normal to feel like an imposter. That feeling of “who am I to be doing this?”
There’s definitely been times in my life where i have felt like that imposter. I wanted to share with you today a new perspective on imposter syndrome that was shared by one of my mentors that I absolutely love. She suggested that instead of looking at it as imposter syndrome, look at it as pioneering energy.
Think about it this way: when man wanted to go to the moon, they were faced with so many unknowns, challenges, and new experiences – what must that have felt like to the many scientists and the many many people that were trying to accomplish that goal? There’s a newness, an excitement, and also most likely a fear, questioning if they will be able to accomplish that goal. What if we fail?
All of those feelings and emotions are very normal when we’re pioneering or exploring new territory. So for you, as you’re stretching yourself, growing, and trying new things, of course there’s going to be a feeling that you’re not really sure about this, or of trepidation.
In your mind, instead of going to the imposter syndrome, asking “who am I to be doing this?”, what if you instead went to “wow isn’t this exciting?”, and “This newness means that I’m growing!”
Next time you’re faced with that feeling of “who am I?” or that imposter syndrome, I hope you’ll think about this and reframe it in your mind that you’re in pioneering energy. I’m supposed to feel this way. This is simply what growth looks and feels like.
As you’re exploring this pioneering energy, you may want to think about somebody that you admire that was a pioneer in their industry, in their field, to use them as inspiration and embody that. Find a way that works for you to really embody that new energy, and what works for you might not be the same as what works for somebody else.
The important thing is that we don’t dwell in that imposter syndrome, because that can hold us back and prevent us from moving forward.
So, the key here is to shift that energy more into an excitement and growth energy.
I am so passionate about you living a life you love, which requires you to step outside that comfort zone, to grow, to try new things, so next time ask yourself who am I NOT to do this?
Here’s to you living a life you love,