And of the people who make it past those first 3 episodes, only 20% make it to episode 18! *just kidding, it’s not a very fun fact.
So why the disconnect?
Impostor syndrome: that queasy feeling you get when you try something new and you feel in over your head and you’re sure everyone is going to see you’re a “fraud.”
In short, Imposter Syndrome is the tiny little voice that sets in whenever you sit down to learn a new skill. It’s more common with artists and creatives, but it can get under the skin of even the most confident powerhouse.
Imposter syndrome sounds a bit like:
“I don’t like the sound of my own voice.”
There’s a reason for that; the way you hear your voice when you speak is completely different from the way it sounds when it’s recorded and played back to you. Anyone who’s had a selfie photo inverted to show you how others see you knows how foreign something can look from a different perspective. The good news is, other people will love your voice!
“I hardly know anything about broadcasting, who am I to start a podcast?”
Nobody starts out knowing it all. If you let this stop you your whole life, you’d still be wearing velcro shoes and letting your mom book your doctor’s appointments. Get curious, dive deep, and open your mind to all the new things that you learn as you go. Pretty soon you’ll ask yourself, who am I to not start a podcast?
“Recording, editing, posting — it’s all so far outside my wheelhouse. I’m so overwhelmed.”
The good news is, you aren’t the first person to ever record a podcast, and most of the people who have gone before you love to share their knowledge. And for the things that you know you’ll never feel super comfortable with, don’t worry: we got you!.
“This is hard work, will it ever get easier?”
Like any exercise, repetition creates effortlessness. One thing that I learned in 2020 is “Where the focus goes, the energy flows.” By getting super clear on where you want to be and the steps you need to take to get there, you’ll be able to break it all down into manageable increments that won’t leave you paralyzed by the hugeness of it all. That’s when you’ll find your flow.
“There are so many other talented podcasters out there, how will I ever measure up?”