Create a life you love without a crippling confidence crisis!
This blog is for me as much as you – yes, you – the fledgling blogger, the freelancer, the small business owner, the wannabe influencer, in fact everyone who has those inevitable ‘maybe I’m not good enough’ imposter syndrome wobbles.
This week I was feeling a bit panicky, overwhelmed and foolishly naive for thinking *I* could create and launch a new business – classic imposter syndrome!
After giving myself a motivational talking to I remembered that, actually, I AM capable of doing anything I set my mind to because I’m prepared to put in the time and work to make it happen! As an ex-teacher, I’ll never forget how important it is to carry on learning and adapting and setting an excellent example of resilience.
Here’s how I crushed my confidence crisis in 5 steps, and how you can too!
Face your fears.
This week my fears were speaking on Instagram stories and asking for external business advice as an anxious introvert. So, I challenged myself to post three talking stories per week and submit enquiry forms to three local free business advice organisations. Follow my Instagram, Twitter and blog to see how I’m getting on & share the fears you’re facing too (special thank yous to Suzy Pope and Ashlee at She Can Social for the Insta story encouragement)!
Plan, plan, plan.
I planned what I was going to say on my first Instagram story so that I didn’t appear a bumbling idiot and reinforce my anxiety, and I researched the areas of my business I most needed help with so that I could contact my free local business advice services with clear objectives. Planning definitely clarifies focus and cultivates a feeling of being in control. I believe in the power of planning so much that I’m designing a range of planners as an aspect of my business!
Stay in your lane.
As Julia Child advised: ‘Find something you’re passionate about and keep tremendously interested in it.’ It’s my favourite quote ever! Keep doing what YOU want to do; it’s why you started the blog, the project, the business in the first place! William Blake also eloquently stated: ‘I will not reason and compare; my business is to create.’ Tend your own unique lane tremendously passionately!
Curate your feeds.
Do your social media feeds make you feel happy/inspired/supported or anxious/inferior/discouraged? Are they useful and/or relevant to what you’re trying to achieve? If not, it’s time to ruthlessly curate who you follow and who you allow to follow you! You might prefer to set up separate personal and professional social media accounts to create a clear image distinction, or you might be happy to merge and project one ‘brand’ – as long as your feeds are positive and productive online spaces you should be more able to keep that confidence crisis at bay!
Develop your skills and knowledge.
This really encompasses steps 1-4 and reiterates how important it is to carry on learning and adapting and setting that example of resilience. This week I have developed my skills and knowledge by:
- Facing my fears and posting a speaking Instagram story to develop my confidence, as well as asking for external help to gain practical business advice.
- Planning and implementing my revised content strategy after reading an array of blogs and watching vlogs and videos by Emma Drew, More About Cat, and A Branch of Holly.
- Staying in my lane by focusing on MY business and the skills I want to develop. This thinking has led onto considering upgrading my laptop in order to really get digitally creative (I’m currently wondering whether to buy a Mac Pro, a Mac Air, a Surface Pro or another laptop – recommendations gratefully received!). What would you like to do to improve your ‘lane’?
- Curating my social media feeds by creating separate business accounts and choosing not to link them to my personal accounts. My business account feeds are now chock-a-block with inspirational, motivational, knowledgeable professionals I can continue to learn from without any other distractions.
Whether you’re just starting out on your blogging journey and panicking about followers, considering quitting your day job to give freelancing a go, or a new business owner going through a confidence crisis, I hope these tips will help…please let me know how you’re getting on!