Are you a freelancer who feels like you’re not good enough, despite having the skills and experience? Do you often doubt yourself and feel like you’re just pretending to be successful?
You know what? Same. Lol.
This, my friend, is what they call “Impostor Syndrome”. A common phenomenon that affects many freelancers and entrepreneurs.
I’ve been freelancing (or maybe doing business) for almost two years now and it always feels like I’m a newbie, constantly questioning my abilities, second-guessing my decisions… you name it. But over time, I’ve learned to recognize and overcome these feelings of self-doubt. I mean, it’s not like I’m already consistent, but I believe it’s continuous progress.
Impostor syndrome can be a major barrier to success, holding you back from taking risks, pursuing new opportunities, and fully embracing your unique freelancing journey. But don’t worry – I’m happy to share the strategies that helped me overcome my impostor syndrome and build my confidence as a freelancer.
1. Recognize Your Achievements
One of the key ways to overcome impostor syndrome is to recognize and celebrate your achievements. ALWAYS celebrate your wins, big or small it may be. Trust me, it doesn’t only make you feel better, but also helps you realize that if you were able to have these little and huge wins, you know you’ll have more of these in the future.
Take some time to reflect on your successes and give yourself credit for the hard work and dedication that went into them. Keep a running list of your achievements and refer to it when you need a confidence boost.
2. Reframe Your Thinking
Impostor syndrome often involves negative self-talk and self-doubt. To combat these thoughts, try reframing your thinking. Instead of focusing on your perceived shortcomings or mistakes, focus on what you have learned and how you have grown from these experiences. Challenge negative thoughts with positive affirmations and reminders of your skills and accomplishments.
3. Seek Support
Don’t be afraid to seek support from others in your field. Join a community of like-minded freelancers who can provide you with valuable feedback, resources, and connections. Reach out to mentors or colleagues who you admire and respect for guidance and advice. Remember, you are not alone in your struggles with impostor syndrome.
Joining a community with like-minded entrepreneurs was one of the best decisions I ever made in my freelancing journey. At times when I’m about to give up, I’ve got people telling me that I can do it and that I can do greater things. 💖
Here are some of the communities I’m involved with that I’m happy to share:
The Freelance Movement Tribe
A different brand of freelancing…
We believe there is a different and better way for Filipinos to do freelancing. A more valuable, less stressful way where clients see us as partners instead of employees.
We focus on GIVING VALUE. One of the least understood and least transparent aspects of our brand of freelancing where we sell our services coming from a place of help.
We believe in the kind of freelancing where you don’t need credentials, portfolio, or experience to land your high-paying projects and work with your ideal clients — the kind of freelancing where every Filipino freelancer has a fighting chance to have the business and lifestyle of their dreams.
Passionate Creators Community
Your branding is vital to the success of your marketing efforts, and even your business as a whole! Clarifying your message, understanding your strengths, having a visual identity that captures your personality, knowing how to deliver your message, and knowing who exactly you are talking makes a personal brand that complements your business and goals in life.
But at Passionate Creators, it’s more than financial sustainability and scalability. Having a personal brand that is truly YOU will help you stick to your values, choose who to work with, and make an actual positive impact in the world.
Belle âme Society
Belle âme Society is a MASTERMIND GROUP founded in 2022 by five ambitious and like-minded female entrepreneurs. It’s a space dedicated to fostering the creative potential of female CEOs, enabling them to continuously learn and develop their skills amidst challenges and setbacks. Belle âme Society is designed to provide a supportive community for those seeking growth and success as business owners.
We are dedicated to providing a supportive, empowering environment for female entrepreneurs to shine and to build successful, sustainable businesses that provide long-term financial freedom.
It’s a pretty new community and we’re still working on making it public. Join our waitlist here.
Go ahead and explore these communities!
4. Embrace Your Unique Journey
Finally, embrace your unique freelancing journey. Remember that everyone has their own path to success, and there is no “right” way to achieve your goals. Focus on your own strengths and what sets you apart from others. Embrace your unique perspective and approach, and use it to your advantage in your freelancing career.
Overcoming impostor syndrome takes time and effort, but I bet you… with these strategies, you can build your confidence and slowly embrace your unique freelancing journey. Don’t let self-doubt hold you back from achieving your dreams – you’ve got this!
Rooting for you,