I made that final step onto the stage & thought to myself, “OMG! Am I dead?!!! I think this is heaven.”
What actually happened was an out of control, malfunctioned fog machine on what was my very first BIG live speaking event to an audience of 700 where I was also selling from stage for the first time too.
And that’s exactly what happened on this milestone life and business changing day four years ago this month!
That’s why I’m here to share with you how the SCARIEST moments of my life turned out to be the most impactful for my business. These moments created a powerful ripple effect that still fuels me to this day and is the reason why I never back down to the fear, but use it as a guide on doing the next big, scary thing!
Here’s a sneak peek of what we talked about:
[3:48] How you can overcome imposter syndrome.
[15:26] The importance of keeping an “evidence file” of your accomplishments.
[20:18] Why you should teach your brain to focus on all the positive outcomes.
[29:09] How fear can be a sign of exactly what you should be doing.
How You Can Overcome Imposter Syndrome
Regardless of who you are or what you do, from time to time many of us experience imposter syndrome. What I’ve learned during my time in the online space is that imposter syndrome can be the sign that you’re on the right path.
Looking back, I’m so grateful for the malfunction that happened during my very first live speaking event because as a coach that shows other personal brand businesses how to show up and get visibility, I got to walk the talk on that stage. I was demonstrating to the audience how to do things with the fear. By the end of this talk I had the amazing opportunity to pitch my course and 30% of that audience said yes!
I would not have gotten the chance to do that if I hadn’t learned how to overcome imposter syndrome. If you’re allowing imposter syndrome to keep you from showing up you’re not only reducing your impact, but likely your income. That’s why I’m going to share with you three simple steps that you can take to change your perspective so that you can reframe imposter syndrome and fear.
Step #1: Think of Everything That You’ve Accomplished Before
The first step is thinking of everything that you’ve accomplished before. I like to call this my “evidence file.” The evidence file can either be a physical or digital way to collect praise, thank you’s, and evidence of the impact that you are making.
The reason that keeping an evidence file is so important, is that we’re really great at pointing out other people’s gifts. We’re not so great at recognizing our own. That’s why the evidence file is so essential, because it counters that mean voice in your head and is a reminder on those tough days of the impact that you’re making.
Step #2: Teach Your Brain to Focus On All the Positive Outcomes and the Best Case “What If Scenarios”
I’ve seen some of the most brilliant people with untapped potential that never comes to fruition, because they are allowing the little troll in their head to stop them. The thing that you can do to make sure that that doesn’t happen to you is to retrain your brain to go from the natural, default negative outcome to positive outcomes. Instead of focusing on the negative outcomes, what if, you focused on all the amazing things that could happen.
Just five years ago I had never done a live video, no one knew what I sounded like, and no one ever saw me because I hid behind the camera. It was that first messy live video that became the catalyst for me doing over 1,000 live videos. That moment became one of the biggest milestones that set into motion many beautiful ripple effects in my business and life. So, don’t let imposter syndrome keep you from making the impact you’re meant to make in this world.
Step #3: Allow Fear to be Your Friend! Let It Be A Sign of Exactly What You Should be Doing
Reflect back on a time in your life or business where you got an opportunity that freaked you out and made you question, “Who the heck am I to do this?” Maybe you thought you weren’t ready, but you did it anyway. That is evidence that you survived and proof that you can just jump and figure it out on the way down.
When you recognize all the things that you’ve done before and you create that evidence file, you’ll start dialing down the volume of that mean girl or guy in your head. Maybe you’ve had feelings of imposter syndrome, but retraining your brain to focus on the positive is a reminder of how powerful you truly are.
The next thing that you get to do in your life and business is a reflection of the many milestone moments that you’ve accomplished so far. That becomes the evidence that fear is the exact sign that you are exactly on the right path, so trust your gut!
Join me next week on my Coach Glitter Facebook Page to have our next conversation about the fear of competition and starting a business in what seems like a very saturated niche!
With Grit & Grace, xoxo!
Tiffany aka Coach Glitter