"Courageous care partners recharge with self-care, striving for peaceful pinnacles
in patience, persistence, and positive 
changes, knowing when to conquer and when to comfort."

This is plagiarism at its finest!

Feb 28, 2023 by Eileen Adler
I copied the article, so this is honest plagiarism at its finest! As a care partner, I have often caved into the imposter syndrome – I’m fine! – but not really. Care giving is hard. Nilofer Merchant focuses on an entrepreneur but, in fact, that’s what we are, we are running a small business with an incompetent employee! “Conviction is willingness to do the work, to live with uncertainty, to be open to asking for help and not to worry about the end result.” Read on, maybe you can relate to this as well.


One Small Shift to Gain Confidence Fast

The author of The Power of Onlyness shares how to overcome feeling like a fraud.

By Nilofer Merchant

Imposter syndrome occurs when you feel inadequate and worry that others will "find out" you're a phony and don't deserve to be in the position you're in. Many people experience this at some point in time, but why does it happen? And more to the point, is it avoidable?

The key to avoid falling prey to this feeling is where you place your focus: Is it on you, the ego filled "I," or on the purpose, the "it"?

If your goal is based on acting out a role or merely striving for success, then you're likely to be prone to imposter syndrome. It occurs when you try to look the part of a badass entrepreneur rather than concentrating on whom and what to serve distinctly well. A trap of imposter syndrome is that it invites exactly the type of behaviors that only make it worse. Feeling like an imposter often drives people to puff themselves up, to project even more bravado. They start to tell slightly embellished stories, and bit by bit they create an illusion of someone other than themselves as they really are. Not only have they wasted time and energy with the wrong focus but they ultimately lose themselves in the distortion.

Luckily, there's an easily accessible antidote to imposter syndrome. It is simply to be yourself, and to be so deeply committed to a purpose that what matters is not how you appear to others but what is actually served. Take good care of your actions and your reputation takes care of itself. We each discover what matters not by focusing on our own needs but by paying attention to those of the world. The transformational power of just being yourself takes you outside of the "I" of self-interest to care about "it," a purpose. This shift in attention is how a dent can really begin to take shape.

Ideas are relatively easy to come by, but conviction demands the energy of purpose. We need to know that something matters, and why. Conviction is willingness to do the work, to live with uncertainty, to be open to asking for help and not to worry about the end result. Real confidence (as opposed to bravado) is born of committing oneself to that work.

From the book: 
The Power of Onlyness by Nilofer Merchant. Copyright © 2017 by Nilofer Merchant Published by arrangement with Viking, a division of Penguin Random House LLC.


Life Lesson: be yourself.