I’ve gotten some great recommendations for new podcasts to listen to over the past few months, so you’ll see those appear alongside some of my favorites that I’ve written about in the past. Here are my takeaways from two podcasts that I recently found very useful.
The Art of Charm, #583 – Impostor Syndrome
In this episode, AJ and Jordan Harbinger discussed Impostor Syndrome, its triggers, and ways you can battle it. For those who are not familiar with the term Impostor Syndrome, it’s when a person feels like they don’t deserve the successes they experience. They feel like an “impostor,” and that they’ve somehow fooled people into believing they are competent and successful.
A couple of things that can trigger Impostor Syndrome
- When you don’t have a lot of experience in something, you tend to judge yourself based on confidence, instead of competence. Because of this, it’s easy to get caught up in a negative self-doubt loop.
- Having success quickly can also trigger Impostor Syndrome, because the experience isn’t there to back up the success.
How to fight Impostor Syndrome
- Recognize it for what it is and that it is common. Everyone deals with it at some point.
- Recognize that you’re feeling it because you took an action. And in taking an action, there will be consequences – some that you like and some that you don’t like.
- Turn it into some kind of humor. Give it a bit of levity. Laugh at yourself and recognize that others are going through this, too.
- Know that there’s going to be a voyage through this.
How to accept your role in the success you’ve had so far
- Understand: You’re there! Whether you got to that point by sheer luck, or you earned it, you’re there. Now you’re in a great position to figure out the rest of it.
- Recognize that perception is reality. Does the evidence you’re seeing back what you are mentally feeling? In this case, look at the appreciation and gratitude, the accolades and testimonials that people are giving to you. Sometimes you have to put them all in one place, so that in your moments of doubt, you can look through those results. Create a file that you can refer to when you’re having Impostor Syndrome feelings.
- Accept the compliments that are given to you. People who cannot accept a compliment are doing themselves a big disservice.
- Focus on others. When we’re focused on ourselves, feeling the Impostor Syndrome, sometimes the way to get out of the funk is to focus on others. Give value and be of service to other people. Help someone out.
- Don’t compare yourself to other people. It will prevent you from focusing on the work that you need to do. The only person you need to compare yourself to is who you were yesterday.
Thoughts on stopping Impostor Syndrome before it starts
- Realize that some things you do will fail. Life is an experiment. You need to keep trying different things to see what works.
- The work that you’re willing to do, the tenacity you have to do it, and the heart that you have are going to determine what you are going to be doing with your life. Not someone looking at what you were doing when you were in 9th grade.
Through the Noise: Getting Social, #10 – Using Video in Social Media
Hosts Kiki L’Italien and Blake Althen talk about ways to approach using video in social media for your business. Just because you can, should you?
My top takeaways are aimed at businesses that want to start using video.
- Don’t be afraid to experiment.
- Realize you’re going to suck at first.
- Give yourself a time limit on the experiment, then assess whether it was successful and if it’s something you want to do.
- If it doesn’t work, don’t be afraid to axe it and move on.
I am always on the lookout for more podcasts to follow. If you have a favorite that you’d like to recommend, please send me a quick note via the contact page!