Last night, I was having dinner with a few friends when the conversation got… interesting. 👀
We realized that every single one of us—all accomplished in our own right—*still* suffered with imposter syndrome.
One of the guys (a professional dancer) said every time he gets on stage, his inner critic tells him, “I have no idea what I’m doing”.
Another (an experienced psychotherapist) said he often thinks he “knows nothing” about therapy.
Both of these guys have more than 10 years of experience in their chosen fields.
Crazy, right? 🤯
From the outside… YES. They’re both incredibly skilled pros who help and inspire hundreds—if not thousands—of people on a regular basis.
But imposter syndrome isn’t about what people see on the outside.
It’s about how we see ourselves.
When I started teaching yoga, for example, my inner critic raised its ugly head ALL. THE. TIME:
“You’re not skinny enough to be a yoga teacher. You’re not ‘mainstream’ enough to be successful. Who’s ever going to want to come to your classes???”
(My inner critic is a real bitch.)
Picture this on repeat in my brain as I tried to put my work out into the world. It was a nightmare.
Luckily, I’d been through it before. And I knew the secret elixir to dissolve imposter syndrome:
🎉 Create a hype file! 🎉
What’s a hype file, you ask? A document that reminds you how amazing you are.
Here’s how to create yours.
1. Stop what you’re doing and create a fresh Google doc *right now*.
In that Google doc, write down everything you’ve ever achieved that you’re proud of—big or small:
- Graduating from university
- Finally standing up to your asshole boss
- Breaking up with a toxic friend
- Making a baby
- Taking time to work out every day
The list doesn’t have to be specific to your career accomplishments, but make sure you do include that stuff.
2. Write down every compliment you’ve ever received (that you can remember).
Make a list of kind words from strangers on the internet, feedback from employers, and testimonials from happy clients.
Think about that follower who thanked you for sharing your message with the world. The employer who didn’t wanna let you go because you were such a great freakin’ employee. The client who can’t stop raving about how easy you made their life.
Put your self-doubt aside and revel in your own greatness.
If you can take screenshots—of comments on your Instagram posts, private messages, or fabulous emails—do so and pop those into your Google doc, too.
Take a moment to read your list.
See how brilliant you are? Good.
3. Read—and re-read—your list on a regular basis.
Once you’ve finished writing, look back at your doc regularly.
Every time your inner critic tells you you’re not good/smart/special enough, you don’t know what you’re doing, or you’re a failure… remind yourself of how much you’ve achieved (and how you’ve helped others).
And every time you get a glowing review from a client, a fan sends you a heartfelt “thank you”, or you achieve something you’re proud of… add it to your list.
Your imposter syndrome might not fully disappear, btw, and that’s okay.
Just don’t let it stop you from sharing your gifts with the world. 😊
🎉 P.S. — Need help with your marketing (so you can make more money, serve more people, AND take more time off)?