As a new spiritual life coach, you may suffer from imposter syndrome. You may find yourself with lingering doubts about your abilities to help your clients. Allowing this imposter syndrome to go unchecked will sap your confidence, and your potential clients will notice. When you address your imposter syndrome, you help your clients and make it easier to get new clients.
What is imposter syndrome?
Imposter syndrome is the inability to believe that your success is deserved or has resulted from your skills and abilities. Imposter syndrome may manifest as a fear of being discovered as a fraud. You may unconsciously believe you are pretending to know what you are doing. As a result, you worry that you either won’t know what to do with a client or that the client will figure out that you don’t.
What triggers imposter syndrome for spiritual life coaches?
You might think that a lack of experience is triggering your imposter syndrome. That’s a common idea that the lack of experience triggers imposter syndrome for new spiritual life coaches. It makes sense if you haven’t coached many clients, you may worry that you won’t know the right questions or coaching tools. But there’s a more profound trigger of imposter syndrome in spiritual life coaches.
A core concept of coaching is that the client is inherently whole, infinitely creative, and has the solutions within themselves. To honestly believe that about your client, you must believe it about yourself as the coach first and foremost. When imposter syndrome arises, it may indicate that you don’t honestly believe that about yourself or your client. The primary reason that you may not believe it is your ego. You may approach the session believing it is your responsibility to fix your client’s problem. When you step out of ego and into an attitude of service to the client, the idea that you need to fix the problem for them falls away.
How to overcome imposter syndrome as a spiritual life coach.
One of the first steps in overcoming imposter syndrome is to embody a spiritual presence. Embodying a spiritual presence means taking time to meditate and center before your session and then embodying the divine presence during the session. When you do this, you see yourself and the client through the eyes of the divine. From that perspective, it is easier for you to believe that the client has all the solutions and that you do too.
The next step to overcoming imposter syndrome as a spiritual life coach is to make your session client-focused. To make a session client-focused, you must step out of your ego. It isn’t about how good of a coach you are or how skillfully you guided the client. A client-focused session is only about what the client needs in the moment. Adopting this mindset kills imposter syndrome by removing the focus from you as the coach.
Another tool for overcoming imposter syndrome is your intuition. As a spiritual life coach, your intuition will be your best friend. Whenever you need it, it’s there with an idea for the next question, a nudge for the right tool, or even a little intuitive hit you can share with your client. The best spiritual life coaches learn a flow and sequence and then allow their intuition to guide them in putting it into action. When you listen to your intuition, you won’t be as bothered by feeling like you don’t know what to do.
Imposter syndrome can hold you back as a spiritual life coach. Fortunately, there are several things you can do to break through your imposter syndrome. When you embody a spiritual presence in your session, focus solely on the client rather than your ego, and lean hard into your intuition, imposter syndrome doesn’t stand a chance. You can move forward confidently and do the work of your soul mission with ease.
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