Here’s a question – why is it that some people who are genuinely untalented seem to have oodles of confidence? AND those people who are actually talented tend to have regular existential meltdowns and second-guess everything they do. Even the times the cows come home! AND guess what it doesn’t go away. The more successful you get the more prevalent. It’s that feeling of winging it, that bottomless pit in the stomach feeling, wondering if its all good enough. Oddly enough I was reading over the weekend that Maya Angelou, who was such a renowned novelist, poet and memoirist (I think I have read everything she has ever written) commonly felt that she was going to be ‘found out. “Each time I think uh-oh they’re going to find out now I’ve run a game on everybody’ she said!
It’s a pretty common feeling I have to say when you’re running your own business. Feel the fear I say, just don’t let other people around you see it. Lots of people think I have this glamorous life; they see the finished products or design the gadding around the world, the beautiful house. The highlights basically. No one sees the sleepless nights, the tears, the abandoned attempts at products that have failed, cost the earth and for whatever reason cannot be put into production. The scraping of designs because they are not good enough in my mind. Or the cash flow challenges, (scratch that nightmares), the self doubt at pushing the business to the brink and constantly asking myself is this the right thing to do. Creatives hold themselves to exacting standings so you’re in good company I say!
Feeling like an imposture is not actually a terrible thing. I would go so far as to say it’s a vital discipline for improving your business. If you’re feeling overwhelmed, scared at even starting something or have a fear that you just can’t do it then join the club. The real trick is working with that worry. Don’t let it hold you back, walk directly into it because actually it is never as bad as you think its going to be, sometimes I will go as far as saying its even liberating.
If you want to take your business to the next level you’ve got to be ‘comfortable at feeling uncomfortable”! Success and opportunities will result. You are in the driving seat and taking action rather than sitting on the fence will result in change. As someone once said to me ‘we’re all in deep water, it’s the best place to be’!
Here’s to embracing all those self-doubts, pushing them aside and going for it.