Episode 51: Building Confidence & Controlling Your Imposter Syndrome

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In this solo episode with Matt, he talks about ‘building’ from a different angle.. building YOU and your confidence. You can have a perfect idea and a perfect plan to execute that idea, but if you don’t have the confidence or ability to see it through, then that’s a sad state of affairs. You deserve more in your life!

We have enough obstacles and things to overcome in life and business, we certainly don’t want to stand in our own way. You don’t want to be paralyzed and not take action because a small voice inside you says you’re not qualified..

Matt pulls from his personal journey building himself up over the years, building confidence, and finding himself in a place where he doesn’t allow ‘Imposter Syndrome’ to control his own pursuits. You’ll be introduced to a number of areas that he believes changed him for the better over the past 3+ decades and could help you if you focus on them.

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  • Intro
  • Why this topic.. on The Builders.
    • Building YOU so you can go out and build ‘stuff’.
  • What is Imposter Syndrome?
  • Disclaimer – this is my perspective.
    • My background plays into how I see things..
  • The answer is not a one size fits all –
    • There isn’t a magic bullet.
    • It will take effort.
    • We’re all different…
  • We are all imposters?
  • Building Confidence & Controlling the Syndrome.
    • It’s a holistic approach.
  • Younger years.. how much I’ve changed personally.
    • My 30 year journey of self-improvement.
  • You have to WANT TO work on yourself and believe you can.
  • Small steps.
  • FIRST – Focusing on Your Craft
    • Simply get better by choosing one thing that will have the most impact.. something you can start working on today.
    • Learn one small thing at a time..
    • Just do something if you’re thinking about being an imposter.
  • NEXT – Hang Out with Everybody
    • People are people.. every one has flaws.
    • Getting comfortable around authority figures.
    • Putting people on a pedestal.. and how that’s overcome.
    • My decade of Bartending
    • Patterns – types of people emerge.
    • My move to East Side of Milwaukee.
      • So many experiences and friends
      • A lot of diversity
    • THE DANCE FLOOR
      • Being around confident people.. rubs off.
      • What’s the worst that can happen?
    • Sales Experience & learning the psychology of people.
    • Learn about people because you’re in the people business.
      • How it relates to the imposter syndrome.
  • NEXT – PHYSICAL EXERCISE
    • Weight Lifting
    • Running..
    • Martial Arts
  • NEXT – MENTAL EXERCISE
    • Reading
    • Working on your ‘brain' outside of work.
    • Having a hunger to succeed
    • Puzzles ..
    • Knowledge of your craft..
    • Writing – starting a blog..
      • Forces you to think deeper and organize your thinking
      • Research..
      • The activity helps you become more confident on a topic.
    • My example of getting better at website Speed by doing, reading and writing.
    • COMMUNITY
      • Hang out with others in the same realm you work in..
      • You learn others are just like you.
  • NEXT – CALMING EXERCISE
    • Meditation / Mindfulness
      • My past meditating ..
      • Learning to control emotions
    • Tying it to the Imposter Syndrome.
      • Using what you’ve learned to manage the thoughts..
  • LASTLY – TAKE ACTION
    • Get to work..
    • Patience, it’ll get better in time.
  • We’ll ask others over the years how they think about Imposter Syndrome and confidence.

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