You’re scrolling through Instagram and see all of the “Instagram Famous Coaches.” These coaches have thousands of followers, their feed is beautifully curated with impactful quotes and insightful information, and they seem so knowledgeable!
You go over to their website — it’s even better! From their freebie offer to their blog to their “about” page, it’s all perfect! You can’t help but wonder why anyone would want to work with you when other coaches appear to be far more successful and knowledgeable!
You’re experiencing a classic case of “imposter syndrome!”
Imposter syndrome is all too common amongst beginning coaches. It is a feeling of deep inadequacy when you start to coach.
It’s the feeling that “I don’t know if I can start coaching because I don’t think I know enough yet.”
Or the fear that you’re not smart enough, or that you don’t have enough experience, or that your clients will see through you and think you’re a fraud.
Can you relate?
If you’re a coach, you’ve probably experienced imposter syndrome.
We will be the first to tell you that there is nothing wrong with it, in fact, it’s entirely normal to experience this feeling.
Take a moment and remind yourself of that old Teddy Roosevelt quote, “Comparison is the thief of joy.” Imposter syndrome is just that, a strong sense of comparison which is stealing your joy and holding you back from confidently working with the clients who need you.
Because we are seriously your biggest fans and genuinely believe that coaches are needed in this world, we are going to give you the tools to overcome imposter syndrome.
And yes, it can be done! We promise!
Getting over imposter syndrome isn’t as difficult as it seems. Here are a few key techniques you can use to overcome it.
SAY GOODBYE TO IMPOSTER SYNDROME
ACKNOWLEDGE THAT EVERY COACH HAS TO START SOMEWHERE
Some coaches wait to feel confident before coaching, but it’s courage that leads to confidence. When you courageously put yourself out there over and over again, coaching client after client, that’s what builds confidence.
WORK ON INTERNALIZING YOUR SUCCESS
Celebrate even the smallest victories. Got your website done? Do a little dance! Got your first client? Maybe it’s time to pop open a bottle of champagne! But more than that — recognize that these successes are a matter of your investment in yourself and your skills as a coach and not just a matter of luck!
FEEL DESERVING OF SUCCESS
If you have any doubts that you deserve success then work with a coach to get over those self-worth issues. The same goes for if you continue to have upper limit issues where you sabotage your success once you hit a certain point — some things are best supported through work with a coach.
BE AWARE OF THE FEAR OF SUCCESS AND FAILURE
Be sure to recognize those issues when they come up. Do whatever it takes to bring it out into the open. Journal about the topic, do some deep thinking about it or talk to other coaches. But if you can’t do it by yourself, again, there is no shame in getting coaching yourself. In fact, many clients trust coaches who invest in their own coaching MORE than they trust coaches who don’t invest in themselves that way.
TURN TOWARD THE POSITIVE
Highlight your positive thoughts and distract yourself from anything negative that comes up. Any worry, fear, or doubt should get cast aside, or you should try to focus on something else. Let your heart and mind rest in your accomplishments at the end of the day rather than resting in all of the worries. It will help you with not only imposter syndrome but also your stress levels!
USE A SIMPLE STEP-BY-STEP SYSTEM
Coaches have told us that when they graduated from other health coaching schools they had gained knowledge but had no idea how to take all the information they had learned and put it all together.
As a result, they didn’t feel confident working with clients, and they didn’t feel credible.
That’s where the Transformational Nutrition Coaching Method comes in.
This method has been studied for over 15 years, practiced by over 1 million people, and is based on over 1,400 studies.
Imposter syndrome is most definitely something to be aware of, especially if you are a new coach! However, with consistent practice and self-reassurance, you too can manage and overcome imposter syndrome!
Remember to use the tools above every time you feel that unwelcome twinge of comparison, and before you know it, imposter syndrome will be a distant thing of the past. Instead, you’ll experience unwavering confidence and assurance in your amazing and unique skills as a Nutrition Coach!
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