Hey Foxy readers, it has been a while since I’ve had the chance to contribute to our blog directly. The team has recently released a Foxy TV episode that focused on our learnings from undertaking our first 1000 installs (yay!) and the comments from our viewers struck a chord with me. So I feel like I like to chat a little more about this and hopefully help at least one person going through the same thing at the moment.
I have a vivid memory from the very early stages of the business. I was heading out the door and Jake wished me luck with a little “go get them” attitude. I went through the motions at the consult and the outcome was great, I connected with the agent and vendor and we subsequently styled the property. However, internally I was struggling with my subconscious. I distinctively recall, walking into the consult and feeling like a fraud. Who did I think I was? I didn’t have a formal qualification in design, my background was cancer care! Who was I to be the one giving expert advice when I am no expert by any means?!”
Well, it turns out this little and overpowering voice of self-doubt, the anxious feeling… this is what psychologists refer to as the Impostor Syndrome.
If you’ve ever felt it or are going through it at the moment, you’re not alone. Let me share with you the reassurances that helped me to combat that little voice.
You’re not weird.
It’s estimated that nearly 70% of people experience signs and symptoms of Impostor Syndrome at least once in their lifetime. So, if you are feeling like a fraud as a result of being in a new environment or being outside of your comfort zone, don’t be concerned – it’s perfectly normal. You’re not weird.