Trapped in the Matrix of Imposter Syndrome

Yesterday this new coach was talking about getting her business going.  Ideally she was having a bit of Imposter Syndrome.  

Ah yes, I remember those days.  When I started I thought I had to be as good Denis Waitley or Mark Victor Hansen or why even bother…  Luckily, that ship has sailed!  

Like in the Matrix, I consider those red pill/blue pill moments.  Take the red pill and learn how to be a better coach, marketer, and entrepreneur or take the blue pill and live my life like Servpro, ‘like it never happened.’ 

Luckily I unknowingly applied what Richard Koch talks about in his book Unreasonable Success and How to Achieve It.  

Koch says we all must have self-belief for success.  Some folks start out with it and some of us have to develop it.  If you’re lacking in it he recommends:

  • Searching for transforming experiences. 
  • Attract well-deserved praise; develop a breakthrough achievement
  • Narrow your focus until your work is unique and you’ve defined your destination 

Even something as simple as positive feedback from others makes a difference. 

Steve Jobs was adopted.  His adopted parents made it clear to him that “we specifically picked you out.”  From that moment on Jobs’ posture was, ‘I’m special.’

And that is my posture.  We are special!  Just like Neo, Just like Luke Skywalker.  Every day we have the option of taking the blue pill but we don’t.  We take the red pill to live our hopes and dreams to the fullest knowing there will be ups and downs. 

“Magic is believing in yourself.  If you can do that, you can make anything happen.” —Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe

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P.S.  If you’re not familiar with red pill/blue pill…