I was on edge all morning.
At 1pm a film crew and interviewer would be arriving at my front door, all set to shoot my segments for an upcoming documentary.
It seemed like a really good idea when I accepted the invitation a month before. But today was the day, and things didn’t feel so good anymore.
They were on their way to film ME …
What a bunch of dummies.
All of a sudden, my brain had gone off the rails. I mean, negative self talk like a mofo.
“Why me? I’ve only been in this personal growth space for a few years now. Why would anyone want to talk to me? I doubt I’ll say anything they can use in their film. I bet all of it will hit the cutting room floor. What a waste of time, theirs and mine. What if he asks a question I can’t answer? Maybe I should cancel. I’m sure they won’t mind. I can’t wait for this to be over. What if I say something stupid?”
Never mind the hundreds of books I’ve read on the subject matter. All of the talks I’ve watched to find content for our podcast. The things I’ve written. The experts I’ve interviewed. The people I’ve helped.
On this particular morning, none of that stuff mattered.
I was an impostor. Overwhelmed with a sense of foreboding about being exposed as some kind of phony.
Total nonsense, I know.
But this thing called Impostor Syndrome is the real deal. According to a study published in the Journal of Behavioral Science, 70 percent of the U.S. population has experienced it.
The syndrome doesn’t discriminate. No one is immune. The highest achiever is as vulnerable as anyone else. In fact, they can often struggle with it the most.
Anyway, 1pm eventually rolled around. The doorbell rang. And I thoroughly CRUSHED the interview.
Despite what my inner hater had been telling me, I was invited to be a part of the film because I belonged in the film. I didn’t say anything stupid. It was a waste of no one’s time. I knew more than enough. I was enough.
YOU are enough.
If you’ve been struggling with Impostor Syndrome, today’s episode is for you, as Fred Johnson shares the very surprising truths about the syndrome and how you can move forward despite it.
You can find today’s full talk here.
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