Why having an imagination-implementation gap can cause imposter syndrome

Why Some of the Most Creative Entrepreneurs & Business Owners Suffer from Imposter Syndrome

Does this sound like you? You have a vast imagination, and may even be able to see your ideal future as if it already existed, but you just can’t seem to implement what you can imagine so you and your practice can thrive, not just survive.

If your ability to implement goals and solutions lags behind your ability to dream and imagine them, you may be left feeling like an imposter.

  • You even may be a great planner with a logical mind, as many of us with big imaginations are. Then, why is it so hard to implement your goals? It defies logic!
  • You can figure out your clients’ or patients’ complex problems quickly and well. So, why can’t you implement your own goals? It should be simple!

You must just be lazy or not working hard enough. Or, worse, you may not be as smart as people think. After all, it should be simple.

Right? No, WRONG!

Feeling like an imposter—suffering from “Imposter Syndrome”—plagues many of us at some time. I’ve experienced it. You too?

Imposter Syndrome Can Leave You Feeling Like You Have A Dirty Little Secret To Hide

 –Your brain tells you “One slip and others could see you as a faker or charlatan.”

The simple truth, however, may be that when it comes to implementing your dreams and goals:

  • You simply may not know where to start or what to do second and third.
  • You may start and have difficulty finishing because you get pulled away or distracted by urgency or chaos.
  • Or, the problem may be that the solution is, in fact, simple but your brain prefers complex. So, it gets bored and distractible or it creates confusion.

The first two blocks to implementing goals are written about often. But the third is not. The third is at the root of the dirty little secret behind Imposter Syndrome.

What makes you so talented at what you do in your business can actually make it hard to keep goals and priorities simple and clear when you work on your business.

When complex things are easy for you—maybe it’s making difficult diagnoses, creating innovative treatments, or thinking up better ways of doing things—what’s supposed to be simple can actually be hard.

Your brain may even complicate seemingly simple or concrete tasks in its effort to make them more interesting or familiar to you so they can hold your attention.

Unfortunately, all that does is make them more confusing, so you just get bored, distracted, or overwhelmed.

The best ways to deal with Imposter Syndrome and the Imagine-To-Implement Gap are:

1. Identify and understand your core strengths, especially those that may be blocked or hidden, so you can tap into and target them instead of tripping over them, or just not making the most of your underutilized greatness.

2. Choose the right coaches or consultants who understand how your brain works and can help you activate your strengths to make your weaknesses irrelevant.

3. Develop accountability tools and learn techniques that work for you so you can get back on track when you are feeling low or distracted.

May of my blog posts and programs teach you tools and tips for implementing these strategies.

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