How to get rid of the imposter syndrome

Do you know the impostor syndrome? It is that feeling (which small businesswomen often comes to us) of never being enough: suitable, competent, capable, prepared.

It often comes when we are confronted with the competitors, or when it seems to us that the customer is not satisfied.

And so we go into crisis, and we think we are not able, we meditate to give up everything.

Here, in my opinion, this syndrome can be cured. Here are my tips:

If you are in your first year of activity, this syndrome is very reasonable, do not worry: it passes with time, experience and your growing safety.

To keep it at bay, remember that it feeds on two bacteria: perfectionism and self-criticism.

The first is silenced by setting deadlines and respecting them, the second with a friend who reminds us every time we need it that we are competent and capable.

Repeat to yourself “I do everything to the best of my ability.”

Give your customers 100%. Don’t spare yourself. So you are not an impostor, you are one who puts your soul into it, and who can always improve.

Have you made a mistake? It happens! The important thing is to remedy: feelings of guilt are not needed. Instead, it would help if you learned from mistakes: so better, you become wiser, and you can serve those who turn to you even better.

Make yourself useful. Put your client at the centre and how you can help her/him. You don’t have to be foolproof, but give her/him a hand. Not everyone can do what you do.

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