Let's dive into a topic that hits close to home for me and is crucial for therapists like you. In our recent YouTube video, we took on the challenge of Impostor Syndrome – a sneaky hurdle that often holds us back from fully embracing our roles as mental health experts. The crazy part? True impostors rarely feel this syndrome. Here's what I want you to know as you lean into owning your voice in 2024:
You're More Qualified Than You Think
Let this serve as a gentle reminder that your clients have greatly benefited from your expertise. Your colleagues respect your accomplishments. Your current qualifications are enough. Let's set aside the search for external validation and lean into your own truth: you are an expert just as you are.
The Myth of 'They'
The thought of they has held back too many qualified mental health experts. Questions like "will they see me as a professional?" and"Will they judge my content?" stop too many of us before we can think to hit "record". Let me reassure you: your concern for quality and commitment to excellence has ALREADY set you apart from impostors. You prioritize delivering accurate, helpful, and ethical content that consistently makes a positive impact. We cannot afford to give our power away to 'they' 'them' or their cousins. They aren't the main beneficiaries when you authentically show up and make a difference in mental health- those you were meant to impact are.
Actionable Steps to Overcome Impostor Syndrome:
Ready to squash those negative thoughts that suggest you're not ready...and rise above the naysayers? Here are 4 ways that you can show up for YOU:
Practice Your Voice: Start speaking your truth in various aspects of your life, taking small consistent steps.
Remind Yourself of Achievements: Keep a record of your accomplishments close, reinforcing the goals you've achieved and the expertise you've earned.
Embrace Imperfection: Understand that perfection isn't a prerequisite. Done is better than perfect, and imperfections don't diminish the value of what you offer.
Avoid Unfair Comparisons: Refrain from comparing yourself to those who have been in the field for years. Your journey is unique, and growth takes time.
Can we all agree that it's time to recognize and celebrate your expertise? By embracing imperfections, focusing on your achievements, and avoiding unfair comparisons, you'll overcome impostor syndrome and unleash the full potential of your voice in the mental health space. Don't hesitate – schedule a chat, and let's embark on this empowering journey together. People are eagerly waiting to hear your voice.