6. Stop The Comparisonitis! When I first thought of my business idea, I checked who was doing similar work. Cue the ‘comparisonitis syndrome’ on top of the Imposter Syndrome! I looked at all my business heroes, saw their gorgeous, informative, slick websites with tons of information and value and thought 'How will I ever get there?'. But I just remind myself that I'm learning my trade every day, setting new goals, and getting more confident. I'm learning on the job like everyone else. 7. Experiment: A good way to prevent Imposter Syndrome is to stop taking it all so seriously and try things out instead. Treat any business idea like a laboratory experiment, if it doesn't work, it's not the end of the world, just move on to the next experiment and use your talents elsewhere. You are not a fraud for trying things out - if it doesn’t work out, you have learned from the experience, if it does work, just do more of it! It is sad that most of us can't own our wins, can't take the compliment on a job well done, can't believe that our hard work and commitment has helped us achieve some accolade or promotion that we rightfully deserve. This can stem from our school days when we were told to raise our hand only if we knew the answer, that we should work together as a team and not brag about our wins, that we shouldn't act too different or too clever or too pushy. We’re conditioned from an early age to just accept mediocrity and not push or strive for the things that mean the most to us – freedom, challenges, being different and wanting to live our lives outside the office cubicle. Have the confidence to push yourself forward, to stick your head above the parapet, to get involved in something outside your comfort zone. Don’t let Imposter Syndrome cripple you and stop you following your business dreams. Make them a reality.
Lynsey believes you only get one chance in life, and its way too short to spend it not doing something you love. After 13 years of scientific research it was clear to her that it wasn’t cells and molecules she loved to work with, but people. She moved into coaching in both education and recruitment and has been helping people realize their potential ever since. Now Lynsey has started to fulfill her ambition to help others use their gifts and talents to start their own successful businesses, she does this by way of one to one coaching and speaking to groups. If you would like to avail of Lynsey’s 30-minute complimentary call to explore your business ideas and help you create a plan of action, you can contact her at firstname.lastname@example.org or call her on 086 3569689. www.lynseyhanratty.com
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