Have you ever felt that you didn’t deserve your success?  Learn how to overcome imposter syndrome as an incentive to achieve business success.  Do you worry that any moment someone will find out that you are not as smart, successful, competent as they think you are? If so, you are not alone! As a matter of fact, it a natural part of growth and entrepreneurship. Listen in as we discuss our professional journeys and how you can use imposter syndrome as fuel for success.

As a business person or a leader trying to level up, it is inevitable that you will occasionally suffer from imposter syndrome. Even though you’ll feel like a phony when it hits you, it is a good thing because it means you are putting yourself in uncomfortable situations, which leads to your growth.

Rick takes us through his personal training career and how the imposter syndrome has manifested at different times. He advises that if you are always trying to grow in your business or career, the imposter syndrome never goes away. You will always be trying new things, and you will not feel adequate in the beginning. However, this means you are stretching your abilities, and you are getting better.

Rick describes his first client after becoming a personal trainer when he was 20 years old.  She was in her 40s.   He had just decided to be a personal trainer and at that time there were no certifications. So he is going to help the client with fat loss and begins to talk hormone issues. Now Rick has no idea what to say and describes feeling like an imposter and uncomfortable. He was entrusted with someone’s health and wellness and and felt not qualified to handle her challenges and solutions.  Now he pushed himself past his comfort level because he loved health and fitness, he was a good coach, and he understood the psychology behind health and wellness.  He reminded himself he did know movement, nutrition, and accountability. He also got along with people and had a sense of humor.  I wanted to help this client and be a personal trainer.   Go and do the work first and then the confidence and the motivation comes later. It’s like losing weight, you first lose some weight, and then you get motivated, doesn’t work the other way around, nothing drops out of the sky You find that out by doing the work first to overcome imposter syndrome and then the results follow.  After working successfully with this client and her friends, pretty soon a couple of years go by and he is successfully managing people’s habits and helping them manage their fitness and lifestyle

As you keep growing you keep encountering and determining how to overcome imposter syndrome.  Feeling that you are an imposter when you try something new while pushing yourself into an uncomfortable space.  Then you learn and experience to become successful.  It happened each time Rick started a new venture when he opened the Personal Training Center, expanded the business from 1500 feet to 5,000 feet, then became a successful business consultant, and now with the Alloy Personal Training Franchise. In the process of overcoming the feeling of being an imposter, you push yourself to be better and learn more, which ultimately leads to your growth. If you don’t work to push through and learn how to overcome imposter syndrome, you will never accomplish anything significant because you will always be paralyzed by fear.

Want to know push through to learn how to overcome imposter syndrome? Click play on this episode and hear how Rick combats these feelings every time they come up.

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Key Takeaways

  • What is the imposter syndrome (03:44)
  • How the imposter syndrome manifested through Rick’s career (04:57)
  • How the imposter syndrome leads to your growth (12:42)
  • Imposter syndrome never goes away at any stage of your life (12:53)
  • How to push through the imposter syndrome (16:38)
  • Combating the fear of being exposed by working harder (19:53)
  • Using the imposter syndrome as fuel to get better (24:10)

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Rick Mayo 

Alloy Personal Training Franchise



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