Are you nervous about getting started with creating your first information product?

by | Aug 7, 2017 | Mindset

Don't let the Imposter Syndrome keep you stuck
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Whenever you do something you haven’t done before, it can be scary. I remember a couple of years ago, I had the opportunity to try out zip lining in a safe, enclosed space. Taking that first step off the platform was terrifying!

But I did it and discovered that I loved the ride! I’m looking forward to zip lining again when I get a chance.

The difference between trying out zip lining and creating an information product is that you need to depend on yourself much more. This product will be coming out of the information that resides between your ears, after all. And that, for many, can be even more terrifying. This brings up so many Mind Gremlins for people … most of which is some version of the Imposter Syndrome:

  • Feelings of self-doubt
  • A sense of incompetence
  • Comparing yourself and your abilities to others
  • Setting yourself up for failure

However, if you are going to build a lasting legacy with your knowledge, you’re going to need to overcome your anxiety and vanquish those Mind Gremlins.

First, if this is the issue that is making you anxious, I want to tell you that you are in great company. 70 percent of people have experienced Imposter Syndrome at some time in their life, especially if they are smart or talented. Maya Angelou has talked about her own fears of being discovered as a fraud.

Second, you are probably going to have to face the Imposter Syndrome Mind Gremlin more than once as you become more successful. But you can’t let it stop you. Here are few things you can do to calm your nerves and reduce the effect of this gremlin:

1. Be honest when you don’t know something. No one likes a know-it-all and there is no need to act as if you are. Vulnerability is a part of strength.

2. Channel your energy into learning what you need to learn and offering value. When you focus on others, you have less time to focus on your perceived shortcomings. And learning new things also gives you increased confidence.

3. Find a mentor who can help you. You don’t need to do this all alone. There are plenty of coaches, teachers, and mentors who can help you develop your book, online course, or whatever information product you wish to create.

I recently did a Facebook Live about overcoming the Imposter Syndrome. You might find it helpful to watch it here.


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