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About that impostor syndrome...

Updated: Jul 19, 2023

Am I good enough? I’m an impostor! Do I even know what I am doing?

That is exactly what the person in this photo was thinking. I'm not sure how old this is, maybe 2013.

I remember going to my first event as a trainer. I was nervous and wondered if I would be the oldest, dumbest, and least successful. BLAH! Who puts these thoughts in my head?! I remember feeling nervous and like I did not deserve to be there. Like, who do I think I am?

All of that confidence I had gained to pursue a new career, start a business from nothing... seemed nowhere to be found some days! Well, I learned that I had a new confidence I had to earn.

A few years later I remember walking into The Dome in Chicago for my first StrongFirst certification and while I am certain I was nervous, I was more excited. I knew I had put in the work, I was prepared and I was ready to learn more.

And there it was… the new confidence I needed.

My confidence as a coach has always come from learning, practicing, and doing (coaching). It has never come from thinking I know everything, saying others don't know anything or because someone else told me I'm awesome.

If you struggle a bit with impostor syndrome like I did (I mean it's pretty common in fitness for sure, but in anything really)...

  • Learn, practice, and do.

  • And do your very best. Half axx won't cut it.

  • Pay attention to what you're really great at and make note of where you could be better. Work on both. I think I focused a lot for so long on what I wasn't good at.

  • Get help from someone who is where you wanna be. I've had some amazing business coaches and fitness coaches.

  • Always be humble and always learn.

  • Know your core values. Your internal operating system.

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