No, I don’t spend my life in fear of being found out. Are you afraid to put yourself out there, even though you know you have intrinsic talent in the area, for fear that someone would call you out on it? Do you doubt the compliments you get when someone compliments you on your work?
Bloggers in this month’s Word Carnival tackle a common issue encountered by professionals and entrepreneurs alike, the Impostor Syndrome. Do You Have a Sense of Insecurity? You’re not the only one who feels this way.
Pauline Clance and Suzanne Imes, two clinical psychologists, initially discovered the Impostor Phenomenon in the 1970s after interviewing 150 successful professional women. Despite their professional accomplishments, none of the women interviewed expressed any sense of accomplishment.
Discomfort that other people thought you were better than you were the most prevalent symptom for both men and women with the illness.
Attributing success to things other than your own efforts, ability or expertise.
It survives and exists now in a disproportionate number of extremely intellectual, competent and successful individuals. It’s not only for women, though, as originally imagined.
The real innovator, not the pretender.
As a business owner, I believe the Innovator Syndrome is evident and has the ability to sabotage your success. While the symptoms are similar, the underlying reason is very different.
The digital revolution is upon us. Future scholars will write books on how this materialized in society, but notably in business, in the next decades. For now while we traverse it, taking on board change at an unheralded rate, all we can do with such such a narrow perspective of it, is to hypothesize.
Parents were encouraged to be patient 18 years ago when our elder’s daughter’s speech night speech was given by her headmistress since the occupations these girls would one day perform had yet to be developed.
Even as a seasoned graphic designer who had only just transitioned to the computerized form of my trade, I was already aware that most of what I had been proficient at (using a rotring pen, ruler, set square, and cowgum) was obsolete.
Today, it’s hard to come across somebody making a living from their own efforts who isn’t involved in some activity that didn’t exist when my daughter’s high school headmistress gave that prescient speech.
A “niched” service is being developed even though the activity is based on an existing profession.
Niche heralds innovation
Human creativity and the digital revolution have combined to propel this particular group of business professionals to new heights of invention since the term “niche” became a pre-requisite for success.
It is not just the fact that these wonderful individuals have a job to do, but also the fact that they are engaged in a grueling research and development process that culminates in a well-thought-out marketing strategy.
It’s no surprise that they’ve been diagnosed with one or more syndromes. There is no rest for them. As they try to condense their whole life’s experience through the lens of their niched offerings, friends first, then the market.
Do they fear being discovered? Yes, absolutely. Most of the time, they’re just one or two steps ahead of the individual they’re billing for the service when they introduce this new offering to the market. Is it possible that they’re a swindler? No, there isn’t. They may take those two leaps forward on the foundation of an encyclopedia of information.
No, they aren’t afraid to take on the role of authority in the field. Definitely. In a few of months or even weeks, we become experts in our field.
Who has ever been a clan leader?
Were you a ClanMaker back in the day? Even though Seth Godin is a wonderful inventor, he may have been questioned about his views when he initially began preaching the necessity of leading a tribe. Godin owned tribes. Currently popular, however this hasn’t always been the case.
So, do you feel safe in the accolades you get when you perform an exceptional job, even if you are only ahead of people you serve or those joining your niche? Unlikely.
You’re probably assuming that what you need to do is to enhance your offer, your presentation, and your implementation of it. This is a common misconception. After all, this is how you’re now making your income. There’s no way of knowing whether this is how you’ll be making a livelihood in a year.
The return of the Lizard
In our minds, where does the Impostor (Innovator’s) condition lurk? I’m not a neuro-physicist, but I’d venture a guess that the Lizard is the source of all your doubts and concerns. Demoralizer (that’s a great niche for someone to fill!).
Our prehensile brain is said to be the source of the critical voice in our heads that doubts the veracity of everything we believe and do in order to keep us safe. If our new ideas are of poor quality, it doesn’t matter. It only needs to know that we’ll be able to afford to keep our bodies warm, dry, and nourished.
Multiple Possibility Disorder
Those first affected by this syndrome had a particularly bleak view of their own job security as a result of this.
This creates an unbreakable bond between entrepreneurs and the search of ever-better, brighter ideas—or it might exacerbate multiple possibility disorder. Without ever making significant progress, it keeps them tethered to the never-ending cycle of conception to commercialization.
Is blogging a magic bullet?
Is there anything that can be done?
This is going to come across as overly simplistic. However, blogging is a certain way to overcome the impostor/innovator condition.
It’s not just any old blogging; it’s purpose-driven blogging that proves without a shadow of a doubt that you know your stuff. An author’s position as a thought leader and tribe leader in their area may be elevated by targeted, consistent, and cohesive blogging.
The most active Lizard will be convinced that you know what you’re talking about if it sees that you’re being consistent.
In order to become an excellent blogger, follow these nine steps:
Achieve laser-like focus able to articulate why you do what you do. This is the lens through which you see everything you do on the internet. My takeaway is that building a strong community is excellent for business.
If you are portraying yourself as an expert or your company in a certain area or specialty, you should be aware of what you are offering. This may change, but it’s better to be prepared than to simply slap a blog on top of what you’ve already have.
Become an internet sleuth. Find out who is seeking for the solutions you provide and figure out how you can better offer them.
It’s important to organize your content in accordance with the structure of your offer (ie 5 stages, 4 P’s or 7C’S) in order to ensure that your material is consistent.
Use your research and the framework of your offer to structure your categories.
Retain command of your virtual domain. It’s yours, and it’s a valuable corporate asset.
Learn to tell stories. Everyone and everything you do is a narrative. Those accomplishments tell a tale. Your failures are just as important as your successes. Your colleagues and the individuals you work with are both tales in themselves. The issues your customers face and the blunders they make before to meeting with you form the basis of a tale.
8. Develop close relationships with individuals you like and with whom you want to work in the future. As a result, this is a considerably more time-consuming and gratifying endeavor than gathering many likes, connections, and followers on social media.
As a rule of thumb, strive to give your readers with at least one takeaway from your writing that will assist them go ahead in their thoughts, actions, or actions.
Innovators are rewarded by blogging since it is the ideal tool for both informing and serving your audience. You’ll be able to start a family after you’ve accomplished both of these goals. If your family really cares about why you do what you do, you’re less inclined to doubt their arguments in your favor.
That is all I have to say about the subject. Cliques formed by brilliant blogging are a remedy for Impostor and Innovators’ Syndromes.