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How to Battle The Imposter Syndrome and Start Taking Action On The Things That Are Really Important To You
I can relate to this guest post by Pear Tree Pond as much as anyone. When I first started my blog I wasn’t sure how or where to start and it felt silly to even try.
Although my blogging journey is far from perfect I am proud of how far I have come! So I hope you enjoy this post and realize you are not alone!
Starting a mom blog is not an easy thing to do, right? And I’m not talking about all the tech stuff, cause I know with the help of YouTube and Google, you can figure most of these things out in a matter of minutes (or hours…).
I’m talking about the things that Google CAN’T directly help you with. The doubt. The fear. The feeling of not being good enough. The thought of having nothing to contribute or share.
Those are the thoughts and feelings that keep a majority of aspiring mom bloggers (including myself!) stuck for a long time. On the one hand, we want nothing more than to move forward and make this work for us, but then we look at our slow progress and beat ourselves up over it. We feel vulnerable and unworthy – we feel like an imposter… Who are we to tell anyone anything??
If that’s how you are feeling right now, I want you to take a step back and breathe. You are definitively not the only one going through this.
Chin up, buttercup, there are ways to get you out of that slump! ☺ And you don’t even need an expensive shrink – all you need is to shift your focus.
Sure, that’s easier said than done, but here are a few thoughts that help me every time I find myself in that trap:
- “Don’t compare your beginning to someone else’s middle, or your middle to someone else’s end.” – Tim Hiller
What you see when you look at the beautiful blogs of the successful mom bloggers you admire, is NOT how they started. Everyone sucks in the beginning. If you keep learning and implementing, you’ll suck less and less until you’re actually really good and someone else might look up to you in admiration.
I know that’s really difficult for perfectionistic people like myself who are embarrassed by publishing anything that’s less than perfect. But it’s the only way can grow.
Be ok to suck for a while!
- You don’t have to be an expert to teach.
It’s such a common misconception that only experts can teach anything valuable.
All you need is to be one step further along the road and know a little bit more than the people you wanna teach.
Remember the movie “Catch me if you can” with Leonardo DiCaprio? All he did to successfully impersonate a substitute teacher was to read one chapter ahead.
I know, I know, it’s just a movie. But still: You might not be a world champion cyclist and can still teach your kids how to ride a bike, right?
I’m NOT saying talk about things you don’t know anything about, don’t get me wrong. I’m saying, start learning and teach what you’ve learned. This brings us elegantly to the next point:
- You don’t have to pretend to be an expert – just document your journey to becoming one.
What a huge relief, right?! People might actually learn much more from you documenting your progress than they will from just seeing your perfect end result.
Makes total sense, doesn’t it? If you knew what successful people did to become successful in the first place – what worked and what didn’t – it would be so much easier to avoid mistakes and get to the desired end result faster.
“Tell the story of the mountain you climbed. Your words could become a page in someone else’s survival guide.” -Morgan Harper Nichols
Hope those tips will help you fight the imposter syndrome and make you feel more comfortable working on your mom blog. ☺ You got this, girl!
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All the best,