Video is more than a way for you to connect with your audience. It is a trust accelerator that allows you to showcase your superpowers and expertise. Video is also an underrated tool, it helps you communicate effectively.
Video is a personal development tool. Use video to push yourself, go beyond your comfort zone and confront your imposter syndrome. Read more and learn how to use video to gain confidence.
First, What is Impostor Syndrome?
People with impostor syndrome doubt themselves about their accomplishments and struggle to find the answer as to why they deserve their own accomplishments. This is not classified as a mental illness – but rather it is a reaction to certain situations at work. They always feel that they are not good enough and will try to be better at whatever they do to cover up that feeling.
While there is no exact reason as to why people suffer from impostor syndrome, some experts believe that it might be linked with childhood memories and upbringing – at that point in life, you start to form opinions about yourself.
Impostor Syndrome can also be associated with a lack of self-confidence which results in doubting your abilities all the time – this can make your performance at work go down because negative thoughts about yourself will portray you as mentally and emotionally weak. A person with impostor syndrome might turn down opportunities just because they think they are not good enough for them.
5 Tips and Reasons on using Video to beat Impostor Syndrome
Tip 1: Use video to find your best version of yourself
Video is a natural extension of what we already do online and at work: share our thoughts with others, and document our expertise. Blogging and social media have been around long before video was popularized on YouTube, but it has quickly become one of the most important ways for content creators and thought leaders to connect with their followers.
Tip 2: Use video to beat your insecurities
Every person on the planet has their own insecurities, the ones that are able to convert them into their “superpowers” are the ones that succeed in their line of work. Overcome your insecurities by using video. Video allows you to put your best face forward and show off your strengths, skills, and knowledge. You can also use a video as an opportunity to grow as a person.
Tip 3: Progress over Perfectionism
Perfectionism is the mentality of doing everything flawlessly. This type of mindset can lead to some degree of depression and self-doubt. What really matters is the progress you are making consistently in the bigger picture.
Tip 4: Celebrate mistakes, it what makes you relatable
If you want to get over self-doubt, then you have to allow yourself to make some mistakes – that is part of the process. Mistakes show that you are trying to learn something new and pushing your comfort zone. Be gentle with yourself when you make mistakes, learn from them and move on. Funnily enough, mistakes are what makes you more relatable.
Tip 5: Be a better communicator using video
Ever thought about public speaking? Why not use video to accelerate the process? Video is a great tool to help you articulate and showcase your expertise and confidence. If you have a vision or message, use video to amplify and share.
Curing your Digital Impostor Syndrome by being Authentic
For starters, be authentic. Acknowledge the thoughts you have, don’t necessarily fight them but put them in perspective. Learn to critically question these thoughts, instead of pushing them down.
The next time, you face a thought of “I am not good enough” or “I am not worthy of sharing”. Learn to quickly recognize these negative thoughts and nip it in the bud. Acknowledge is the first step to facing imposter syndrome. This is a fight only you can win, whenever you find yourself facing a negative thought, be ready to counter it.
Share your intention on video
Know your purpose and focus on WHY you want to do what you want to do. Share this on video. Use your peers and audience as an accountability partner. When we verbalize it outloud, we’re more likely to achieve it. Share your intention.
Start with small steps but you need to start from somewhere, don’t think the small steps you take can’t contribute to the bigger picture, they always do!