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June 10, 2024

Main Character Energy: How to Kick Your Imposter Syndrome to the Curb

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Imposter syndrome. A term first coined in the 80’s, that has now become part of mainstream vernacular- a condition perpetuated (and exacerbated) by social media. Characterized by feelings of inadequacy and self-doubt despite evident success, it’s a pervasive issue that affects most of us, particularly any time we’re even considering doing anything BIG. It whispers in our ears, casting doubt on our abilities and evident success, convincing us that we are undeserving of our achievements. It holds us back from seizing opportunities, pursuing our passions, and fully embracing our one precious life. As it turns out, it also holds us back from amplifying our voices.

When I founded The Daily Drip, a media platform completely powered by Thought Leadership, a brand dedicated to helping business leaders become Thought Leaders, I was certain the process would hinge on teaching hard skills. The art of storytelling, top performing writing formats for blogging, best practices for SEO optimization and personal branding, content planning strategy, etc. It wasn’t until two years in, and more than 30 female Thought Leaders later that I realized just how far off the mark I was.

It dawned on me after yet another talented, dynamic Thought Leader refused to share her recently published, and completely impressive article with her network. I finally was so curious that I called this Thought Leader to ask why- I had to know why someone would keep such an interesting accomplishment hidden. Why would someone keep such a relevant demonstration of impactful leadership a secret from the community?! 

I sat there and listened to her say things like, “I don’t want people to think that I think I’m a big deal.” “I don’t want to seem like a know-it-all.”  “I don’t want people to think I think I’m representing the entire industry or speaking on their behalf.” “Who am I to even write articles like this?! There are people much better suited than me.”

Imposter syndrome in action. 

It was fascinating to me.  Here I was talking to someone who quite frankly elicited the imposter syndrome out of me! Her resume was completely impressive, her leadership experience and skills were much my senior, her network was full of established community stakeholders who trusted and respected her.  I often wondered why she was even entertaining me and participating in The Daily Drip- so during this call, I asked her.  Her response? “Because I know I need to show up more in this way. I know I can have a bigger impact if I can just get over this ridiculous insecurity!”

The irony of it all.

That was the day I realized helping business leaders become Thought Leaders, helping people learn how to build their own platforms and amplify their own voices, had very little to do with technical acumen.  It had everything to do with mindset- and kicking imposter syndrome’s ass.

We started by partnering with Element of Change to expand our Thought Leadership education to include more leadership development and mindset topics. We created an open forum for real conversation around the anxiety of putting yourself out there, whatever that means for you. We created more avenues to stretch out the comfort zone and reinforce support for each other when we do put ourselves out there. The Daily Drip Thought Leaders have become each other’s biggest fans, and as a result they bravely continue to challenge themselves- at The Daily Drip and beyond.

The Daily Drip Magazine Vol 3 is a celebration of this journey, of living life bold and in color, of embracing the vibrant hues of our own potential.

It is a journey I am honored and humbled to lead considering my own struggles with imposter syndrome. For much of my early adulthood, I played so small and made choices for my life with the goal of pleasing others. It has been incredibly freeing and fulfilling to step into who I really am and build a life that reflects my values and purpose:

To play big and bold and live as the main character of my one precious life, so that others- especially by son- may be inspired to do the same through my example.

Overcoming imposter syndrome is no easy feat, but it is possible. We’re out here doing it every day. It requires a willingness to confront your fears, challenge your negative self-talk, cultivate a mindset of self-compassion and self-belief, and embrace the courage to seize opportunities on your path. It also requires surrounding yourself with a supportive community that uplifts and empowers you to be your best self.

This is the journey of becoming a Thought Leader- and you can start your your journey here, at The Daily Drip. Click here to get started.

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