Practitioner Imposter Syndrome (PIS) can sneak up on you when you’re least expecting it. You feel like you have all the knowledge and experience to perform in your role, but are always looking over your shoulder, waiting for someone else to point out that you don’t actually know what you’re doing and should quit your dream immediately. After all, if others don’t think you’re good enough, why should you be any different?
We've all been there. You're scrolling through social media and you see someone who has accomplished what you're working so hard for. They make it look so easy and you can't help but compare your journey to theirs. This is called practitioner imposter syndrome and it's something we all have to be careful of. Constantly comparing yourself to others can lead to feeling burnt out. Everyone has their own journey and timeline, so focus on your own progress. Don't compare your career path to someone else's.
Practitioner imposter syndrome can be paralyzing because you constantly feel like you are in competition with everyone else around you. But don't let that feeling of competitiveness get in the way of moving forward on your own path. If someone else has something that seems important to you, don't dismiss it or write it off because they have it too. Keep doing what feels right for YOU and don’t worry about anyone else.
Why it's Prevalent in the Wellness Industry
There are a few reasons why practitioner imposter syndrome is so prevalent in the wellness industry. First, the industry is filled with a lot of self-employed people who are constantly comparing themselves to others. Second, many people in the industry are perfectionists who set high standards for themselves. Third, the industry is very competitive and there is a lot of pressure to be successful. Fourth, there is a lot of information available online and it can be overwhelming.
If you find yourself constantly comparing your career path to someone else's, it's time to focus on your own progress. Stay true to yourself and your goals, and don't let the success of others bring you down. Remember, everyone has their own journey and timeline, so stay focused on your own path. With dedication and hard work, you'll achieve the success you deserve.
How to Continue Developing as a Wellness Practitioner Despite PI-Syndrome
Although it's common to feel like you're not good enough as a wellness practitioner, it's important to focus on your own journey and progress. Here are a few ways to stay motivated and continue developing despite imposter syndrome:
1. Set realistic goals for yourself and celebrate your accomplishments, no matter how small.
2. Find a mentor or role model who can help support and guide you.
3. Stay positive and focused on your goals, even when things get tough. One way to do this is by setting aside some time each day to meditate or practice gratitude.
And lastly, if you find that PI-Syndrome is negatively impacting your ability to provide quality care for others, consider getting help from someone who understands the challenges of being a wellness practitioner. You deserve the opportunity to succeed!