Overcoming Imposter Syndrome
A woman worries with her hand on her forehead

You’ve accomplished so much to get your business to this point, yet that nagging internal doubt creeps in making you feel like a fraud at times. This is imposter syndrome rearing its ugly head, and it’s something that plagues an estimated 70% of people at some point in their lives.

For female entrepreneurs in particular, imposter syndrome can prevent you from dreaming bigger, celebrating your wins, and showing up confidently as the leader and visionary you are. Here’s how to start overcoming it:

Get Radically Honest
Notice when your inner critic pipes up, then consciously question where those beliefs stem from. They’re likely rooted in self-doubt reinforced over time, not reality. Reframe negative thoughts into more productive ones. It’s easier than you think!

Focus On Facts
When you start ruminating, come back to objective data points – your accomplishments, milestones hit, positive feedback received. Trust evidence over feelings. You do it for business, so why shouldn’t you do it for yourself?

Stop Comparing
Constantly sizing yourself up against others fuels imposter feelings. You’re on your own journey, so stay in your own lane and focus on running your own race. You’re not Oprah, and that’s ok!

Embrace Imperfection
Believing you must be or do everything perfectly sets an impossible bar. Adopt a growth mindset and realize that making mistakes is part of the process. Every successful entrepreneur looks back on a journey full of course corrections that got them from Point A to Point B – they just don’t always talk about it publicly!

Open Up and Reach Out
There’s power in being vulnerable and open about your insecurities. Share your feelings with supportive peers who can provide perspective. Sharing not only helps build closer ties, but it also can open up doors to new opportunities!

Silencing that inner voice of doubt isn’t easy, but taking steps to neutralize flawed thinking is essential. The more you recognize your worth, capabilities, and successes as facts, the less you’ll feel like an imposter in your own business. Have confidence in the woman who makes it all happen!

Carol Gavhane, owner of Sparkle Hustle Grow

I’m Carol Gavhane, Owner of Sparkle Hustle Grow. My team and I use this blog to share our favorite business tips, introduce you to thought leaders in our community and to feature products from SHG boxes.