Are you a coach with impostor syndrome?
According to an article published in the International Journal of Behavioral Science, an estimated 70% of people experience what’s known as the impostor phenomenon at some point in their lives. I certainly don’t make every client that contacts me take the official test. However, I can say with almost certainty that proportion of aspiring coaches who feel like they don’t have the talent, experience, or qualifications to command even entry-level fees for their services is likely higher than that of the general population.
Do you hear my advice to ‘position yourself as an expert in the field from the beginning’ and think that there’s no way you can? Do you feel like you’re lucky just to be doing a job you love as a psychotherapist (even if it doesn’t love you back), so you shouldn’t rock the boat by trying to become a coach, too? Maybe you’ve already transitioned to coaching and even had a few clients, but you still feel like you’re charging too much for the meager amount of experience you bring to the table. (I assure you, your experience isn’t meager and you aren’t pricing your coaching packages too highly.)
THAT – that voice in your head telling you that coaching is too good to be true… that it’s for other people with higher accolades and more expertise, not you- is impostor syndrome talking!
7 Questions For When You Don’t Feel Experienced Enough to Coach
Whatever impostor syndrome looks like on you, I’ve got a quick trick to help you overcome it. Go ahead and grab a pencil and paper. Get ready to have your mind blown as you answer these simple questions and see your lack of self-confidence as a coach vanish before your eyes.
- How many hours a year do you spend taking courses to renew your license as a psychotherapist?
- Where did you go to school for your undergrad? Your masters? How long did it take you? What classes did you take?
- Did you do any kind of internship during or right after school? A residency, maybe?
- What degrees do you have?
- Do you have any certifications? What processes did you go through to achieve them?
- How much money have you invested in your professional development?
- What kinds of patients do you have experience treating over the course of your career? Did any of them have the same problems as your core coaching clientele? How did you help them?
Now that you see your expertise written down in your own hand with your own eyes, how can you deny it?
Yes, you are new to online business.
Yes, becoming a business owner is a bit intimidating…
BUT you’ve made an investment in yourself, and now, it’s time to reap the dividends. These dividends pay off in the form of coaching clients investing in you and the unique coaching services only you can provide! You do have the expertise in human thought processes and behaviors necessary to help them. You can be an expert provider of the coaching packages you’ve worked so hard to create.
And you have worked hard!
So, observe those ‘impostor’ thoughts as they come, but don’t let them dictate your behavior moving forward. Own your expertise, but don’t stop building upon it.
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You’ve earned it!