Ever felt the dreaded imposter syndrome?

Ever felt the dreaded Imposter Syndrome?

The Dreaded Imposter Syndrome...

This has come up A LOT on my calls with coaches recently, so I thought it was about time I addressed it. 

As far as I can tell...

No one escapes imposter syndrome.

No one.

And it seems that new and struggling coaches have it the worst.

Thoughts like...

  • Who am I to coach someone else?
  • What if they find out I don't have all the answers?
  • What if I can't help them?
  • Once I get my sh*t together in this area, then I'll be able to coach...

Are pretty darn common.

Maybe you can relate?

Back when I was working on my doctorate, I had a cohort of 4 other students going through school with me.

One day we ended up having a conversation with our advisors about Imposter Syndrome. We were confessing that we didn't feel completely confident in our abilities. 

Our advisors laughed and shared that neither did they part of the time.

These were college professors teaching Ph.D. level students. All of them had been teaching for at least 10 years, had published many papers in prestigious journals, and were pretty well-known in their particular fields.

And they confessed that they still felt the dreaded imposter syndrome.

Wait. What? 

It blew my mind.

On one hand it was a relief to know that I wasn't alone. That other people felt it.

On the other hand it felt like "Oh Crap. I'm never going to get rid of this feeling. That sucks!"

Years later, I've come to learn that imposter syndrome shows up any time we even think about stepping outside our comfort zones.

Doing something new.

Something important.

And that it's actually a good thing because it shows that we're stretching ourselves.

That we're growing as human beings.

And that's not a bad thing, right?

So I say... bring on the imposter syndrome... I'm ready for a good stretch.

How about you? Does this change how you think about Imposter Syndrome?

Let me know in the comments below.

With love & joy,

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About the Author Selena Tramayne

Selena Tramayne, Ph.D. is the founder of The Tramayne Group, which provides programs and coaching services to benefit new and emerging coaches. She developed the Coaching Genius System and provides one-on-one and group coaching through The Coaches Accelerator, a streamlined process to help coaches go from zero to six figures fast. When not working in and on her business, she can be found hiking, mountain biking, and going on bliss walks near her home in Albuquerque, New Mexico.

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